A self guided tour of Woolmers Estate takes you on a self paced journey back through time, around the various out buildings including the Courtyard and Cellars, Walled Garden, Chapel, Store, Woolshed, Blacksmith’s Shop and Cider House. Visit the numerous buildings where convicts and ex-convicts laboured and lived, later to be joined by free workers. During the blooming season, spend time in the Rose Garden, a modern creation inspired by the French formal gardens of the 1600s.
A guided tour of Woolmers House allows you to experience a special journey through time, from the establishment of the estate in 1817, by Thomas Archer 1st, to the last descendant, Thomas Archer 6th in 1994, and marvel at the array of personal collections and possessions accumulated through six generations of the family. Unlike almost all other house museums, everything you see belongs here: nothing has been brought in for effect. The story of the Archer family, and their lives at Woolmers Estate, can only be fully appreciated by taking a personally guided tour of the house. This tour is available at extra cost, and takes approximately 45 minutes. The precious nature of the contents requires that the interior of the house cannot be otherwise accessed. To avoid disappointment we recommend booking your guided tour in advance, as a maximum of 15 people per tour applies.
Your tour gives one full day pass to explore and enjoy the site and includes a comprehensive self guiding booklet.
All proceeds from your admission fee contributes to the ongoing preservation, presentation, conservation and interpretation of Woolmers Estate.
Guided House Tours*
Daily: 10.00am*, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 2.00pm & 3.15*pm
Tour duration: approx. 45 minutes
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to Guided House Tour commencement to allow time for ticketing.
Wednesdays only: 11.30am & 1.00pm & 2.15pm
Tour duration: approx. 50 minutes
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to Guided Convict Tour commencement to allow time for ticketing.
Self Guided Tours
Daily: 10.00am – 3.30 pm – last entry 3.00pm
The site is open until 3:30pm daily so please make sure you allow yourself enough time to enjoy your tours.
*Tours subject to availability of Tour Guides. 10.00am & 3.15pm Guided House Tours are not available during the cooler months.