Runnymede House

61 Bay Road, New Town

No bookings required, just turn up!

Architect: James Thomson (1836 – 1840)

Hidden in a small side street in New Town, Runnymede is a carefully restored National Trust property, containing curious collections of colonial-era artefacts.

Named for owner Captain Charles Bayley’s favourite ship, Runnymede was the Bayley family home for more than 100 years. Now in the care of the National Trust, the house contains a rich maritime collection as well as artworks and family possessions of the previous owner Bishop Francis Nixon, Tasmania’s first Anglican Bishop, and the house’s first owner, Scottish-born lawyer Robert Pitcairn, who played a part in the abolition of convict transportation. The Runnymede property comprises a house, cottage, coach house and an extensive garden. The garden features many historic trees and plants, including roses and fruit trees.

Join National Trust volunteers on tours through this beautifully kept heritage property.

Open: Saturday 11 + Sunday 12 November 2023, 10 am – 3 pm


*  On Saturday, 11 November, Open House Hobart asks everyone to observe a minute silence at 11 am for Remembrance Day.


New Town

Building Types


Intact Interior


Architectural Periods

Mid-Twentieth Century (1940-1960)

Pre-separation Colonial (1836-1850)



History of Hobart


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