Break away from the hustle and bustle of city life and get a taste of history when you visit Richmond, Tasmania. The picture perfect Richmond is a famous colonial town located just 30 minutes from Hobart city, making it the perfect place for a day trip.
Richmond was established in the early 1800s as a military and convict post, with the ye olde sandstone buildings of the time still proudly on display. As you wander the streets today you can visit the old convict jail, down a beer at a historic pub or go foraging for antiques.
To help you plan your next trip, we’ve pulled together the must-visit places to go to Richmond. So strap on your walking shoes, because you’re soon going to have a lot to explore!
1. Marvel at the historic buildings
One of the best things to do in Richmond, Tasmania is to wander and look at the 45 buildings dating back from the Georgian era.
2. Learn history at Richmond jail
Learn about convict history when you wander the old Richmond Gaol – originally built to house prisoners in the early 1800s.
3. Walk beside the Richmond bridge
Built in 1925, this is Australia’s oldest working bridge. History buffs can walk beside the bridge and marvel at its beauty.
4. Visit an old-school lolly shop
The Sweets and Treats lolly shop has wall to wall jars of boiled lollies and chocolates. It’s easy to forget what time it is when you’re trying to pick from so many options!
5. Down a beer at a historic pub
The historic Richmond Arms hotel, found on the main street of Richmond, is the perfect place to quench your thirst after a long day of sightseeing.
6. Grab a unique piece of woodwork
Nothing says “I’ve been to Richmond” more than coming home with a handcrafted item of wood. If you’re in the market for bowls, utensils, clocks or toys, then don’t go past The Woodcraft Shop.
7. Go antique shopping
If you want something old and unique, then head on down to one of Richmond’s many antique stores. Visit Warwick Oakman Antiques or Walter and Co for some high-quality pieces.
8. Visit a gallery
Check out the works of local Tasmanian artists at one of the many art galleries, including Peppercorn Gallery or Sadler’s Court Gallery.
9. Visit a nearby winery
Once you’ve finished wandering around town, visit one of the exceptional nearby wineries like Frogmore Creek Winery.
It’ll take you around 30 minutes to drive from Hobart to Richmond. Click here for directions.