Franklin House
Franklin House
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Michael T
Melbourne, Australia126 contributions
May 2021
Definitely a hidden treasure, a convict-built home from 1838, with spectacular gardens that became one of the Colony's leading private schools until 1866. It was then privately owned until the National trust acquired it in the 1960's. It is fantastic that estates like this one are restored and preserved to reflect a time capsule of what life was really like in the early formation of Australia. It is not that far from Launceston and well worth the trip, the entrance fee is very minimal. Yes, a real hidden treasure.
Written June 3, 2021
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N2626
Melbourne, Australia82 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Only just arrived on the Friday spotted this 5 minutes down road on the left coming out of the Airport. Do Not miss this place. It is one of most historical interest and best example of any I have seen when it comes to Museums. The layout of each room and it's 2 storey and it's room contents is phenomenal. The volunteer staff have some exceptional knowledge. So interesting just a must see. House, School, Church & a good cafe to go with it.
Written February 15, 2020
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christinedrossinis
Melbourne, Australia104 contributions
Feb 2020
We had been there but it was over 35yrs ago but we wanted to go back to see it again. The volunteers that work at these historic places have a great knowledge of these historic homes & well as other homes in Tasmania. the entrance fee is well worth every cent to help keep the homes around. The cafe is a great addition & seeing old cup & saucer sets in use was lovely.
Written February 24, 2020
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Bobster
Sydney, Australia98 contributions
May 2022
The house is very well maintained and the gardens are beautiful. The house is filled with lots of historic treasures. It is a self guided tours, but there is lots of information around the house to explain about the house and its contents. You are greeted by a volunteer who gives you a brief history of the house and its previous occupants. Worth a visit.
Written May 8, 2022
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andream0402
Melbourne, Australia2,797 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
Franklin house probably doesn’t get as many visitors as it deserves as it’s a little way out of the town centre. There was a bus stop right out the front though . Well run by lovely volunteers it has some very interesting pieces and a beautiful garden. Just $10 to enter and free for National Trust members. Andrew met us in the hallway and gave us an insight into the history of the house then we walked around ourselves. There are information boards everywhere. A hidden gem.
Written February 18, 2021
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Jon K
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia80 contributions
Jan 2020
We have been on a previous trip, but well worth a return visit on the way out of Launceston. This National Trust property (one of the list that the National Trust of Tasmania struggles to maintain) includes a great story and a collection of fine English period furniture, including a number of colonial pieces, musical instruments including a rare stirrup organ, excuisite clocks, fine china etc. It also has a lovely garden, and a good tea-room with excellent scones, jam and cream, and is staffed by friendly and informative local volunteers.
The house was built speculatively using convict labour in 1838 as a genteel family residence, using cedar shipped in from NSW, and in 1842 it was turned into a smalll but prestigious boys boarding school (Mr Hawkes Academy). A classroom is now set up - it is slightly unnerving to see the boys and master quietly at work! They believe that the large upstairs room was used as the dormitory. The school closed in 1866 after which the building was again used as a house. In 1888 it changed hands and was named 'The Hollies'.
It was renamed Franklin House by the National Trust as it is part of the tiny 'Franklin Village' precinct.
Written January 28, 2020
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Carol S
Perth, Australia25 contributions
Jun 2021
We very much enjoyed our tour of Franklin house ,the volunteers were very knowledgeable and very friendly,it was nice to see the house has been restored so the history isn’t lost.has a very cute little cafe and lovely gardens .very easy to find .
Written June 8, 2021
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Brendon B
Hobart, Australia13 contributions
Dec 2022
Elegant National Trust homestead set in gardens filled with fascinating history and antiques of Tasmania’s colonial past. Well worth a visit and easy to spend several hours on site. Not on the Midland Highway, so make sure you turn off at the Evandale roundabout on route to Launceston airport.
Written December 20, 2022
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AADRSWYSIWYG
Merimbula, Australia11 contributions
Feb 2013 • Solo
I had an hour or so to spend and by chance I spotted a sign saying Franklin House was open. I went to the front door but it didn't seem to be open so I wandered around the back where I was greeted by one of the staff/volunteers I think. I said I couldn't get in was it open, apparently I should have rang the front door bell oh well. What a beautiful building each room filled with antiques (obviously) with details about everything in every room. I strolled through the gardens had a look at the school and separate kitchen. It's a beautiful place, do yourself a favour and have a look when you visit Launceston!
Written February 7, 2013
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Steve W
1 contribution
Feb 2018 • Couples
A wonderful place to visit, close to Launceston. Fascinating history. The volunteer guides were so helpful and enthusiastic and made us very welcome on our Tasmanian tour of all things Franklin. We also thoroughly enjoyed a simple but tasty lunch.
Written February 17, 2018
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