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Ayers House

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
Food and words.
Published July 26th 2011
Ayers House is one of the last 19th Century houses to line the southern side of North Terrace, and it is the only one that you can explore and relive the grand lives of its residents. One of the brilliant workers from the National Trust of South Australia will take you for a tour through the house, to see how the rich lived in South Australia's early days.



The house has been painstakingly restored, throughout the years it has held many occupants and it has seen many coats of paint. When the house landed in the hands of the National Trust they not only furnished the house, but they restored some of the grand walls with their exquisite painted cornices and ceilings. The house is filled with such a grandeur that could not even be imagined in houses of today.

To recreate the lives of the Ayers family the National Trust has taken furniture in their possession, as well as actual furniture and artefacts that were part of the Ayers family's personal collection. You will walk through the rooms of the house and learn how families of the day entertained, lived, ate, slept and bathed. The guides that take you through the house have interesting stories about different aspects of the house, and about the lives of the Ayers family. You will start in the grand entertaining area before walking through the family dining area, the sitting room, different family bedrooms, the kitchen, and finally heading down to the cellar to view servants quarters.

image: Ayers House website


The house is not exactly as it was in the day, part of the manor has been developed into the function room. It is a popular location for weddings, and can host both your ceremony and reception. You'll also find it a beautiful place to take your wedding photographs amongst the rooms and grounds. It can also host your next social or corporate function.

Take the tour to not only view the exquisite displays of the house, but to learn the interesting history of Adelaide through eyes of one of its most well known families. Each room will let you explore a different aspect life in the manor. You can explore the manor for free by becoming a member of the National Trust. This membership will gain you free entry to National Trust properties in Australia and worldwide, and you can choose from a 1, 2, or 3 year membership. This will mean you can tour the grand Ayers House whenever you like.
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Why? View one of Adelaide's grandest manors
When: Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Weekends & Public Holidays 1pm-4pm
Where: North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost: Adult $8, Concession $6, Child $4, Family $17
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