Ayers House Museum, Adelaide

4.2
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Travel back in time at Ayers House Museum, the last surviving mansion of its era. Guided tours, which shed a rare light on the social history of the 19th century, recount the stories of the "upstairs" Ayers family and their servants living "below stairs." Originally occupied by Sir Henry Ayers, who served five terms as South Australia’s premier, an original nine-room brick house was transformed into a mansion in the 1860s. Constructed of local bluestone, the building is believed to have been designed by George Strickland Kingston, a prominent English engineer and architect. One of the first properties in the city to be fitted with gas lighting, the mansion often hosted official government meetings, parliamentary dinners, and grand balls. A visit to Ayers House Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Adelaide journey builder tool to plot your vacation.
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  • Spontaneously entered this beautiful National Trust home this afternoon and was able to have a guided tour for only $5 more. What a wonderful tour guide and lots of fun with a couple of us dressing in...  more »
  • not only is this a beautiful building to look at, but with a tour we learnt about the history of the building and the area. Definitely worth visiting and getting a tour.  more »
  • The public spaces were very interesting and the Trust has tried to present interactive exhibits eg open this cupboard, smell these jars and guess the perfume base and other s for young and old  more »
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  • Wonderful to visit and hear about the history of a Victorian era house. Rosemary was our Guide and she was so knowledgeable and patience with us. Highly recommend a visit to see the house and meet the volunteers who work there.
  • A gorgeous property and a truly enjoyable historic house experience. Plenty of rooms to explore and cute immersive experiences for young and old. Will be back :)
  • Interesting place to visit. Gives you a good understanding of how the upper class lived in Adelaide during that period. Lots of the original furniture is still in place and it’s all well kept. Worth a visit as it’s walking distance from the museum precinct.
  • Great place for a special occasion. Very well organised.
  • Lovely food and great staff at our Christmas party.
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