Get a glimpse of what life was like in the early days of Tasmania at the Franklin House. It was built by Britton Jones, a former convict and successful businessman. Franklin House is known for its use of imported Australian Red Cedar. It was also home to one of the colonies leading private schools from 1842 until 1866.
Knowledgeable volunteers are happy to share information, but visitors can explore the house, garden, stables and nearby St. James Church at their own pace. The on-site tearoom gets rave reviews for Devonshire tea and homemade scones.
The Franklin House is maintained and preserved by the National Trust. It is located at Franklin Village, Launceston. It’s open seven days a week. April through September, hours are 9am to 4pm. October through March, operating hours are extended to 5pm. Sundays, Franklin House is open noon to 4pm. It’s closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday. Franklin House can be reached using Metro Bus service, numbers 40 and 50 from the City.