"William Morris in Adelaide" Tours

I am very excited to share that Renaissance Tours have agreed to assist us with the organising of these very popular tours - more information is available on the link. 

Adelaide is most fortunate to have one of the biggest collections of William and May Morris textiles and furnishings in the world outside of the UK,.....so it is with great excitement that Larry and I announce hosting the inaugural "William Morris in Adelaide Events" for 2018 and beyond. 
(All photos are mine unless otherwise noted)

February 2017 Update:

I can now confirm these are the dates for the tours:

April 8th - April 14th - FULLY BOOKED 
April 29th - May 4th - FULLY BOOKED 
September 25th - October 1st - FULLY BOOKED 
November 4th - November 10th

Accommodation for duration of tour - Stamford Grand Hotel Glenelg on the beach front of Glenelg. The welcome event will also be held here.....
Photo from Trip advisor

The following is at February 22nd 2017 and may be subject to change

Day One
Welcome cocktail event with guest speaker at the Stamford Grand Hotel

Our private room overlooking the sea 
at the Stamford Grand Hotel

Day Two
Coach travel to the city for a private William & May Morris textiles and furnishings viewing at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Lunch will be included at the Art Gallery followed by a walking tour of Adelaide including viewing the very unique William Morris stained glass federation windows at the Old Stock Exchange building. We might even have time to have a ride on our infamous Popeye! Evening free

Day Three
Coach pick up at Glenelg where we will drive to St Augustine's Anglican Church to view the magnificent William Morris stained glass windows and enjoy a Morris quilt display over morning tea. This will be followed by a short drive to the stunning house and gardens of Carrick Hill for a private tour and some special not seen before Morris textiles! Lunch included at Carrick Hill. On the drive back to Glenelg we will stop and view one of the grand homes that belonged to the Barr Smith family - the biggest international client of Morris & Co. Evening free

Day Four
The coach picks us up from Glenelg with our first stop at the David Roche Foundation Museum in North Adelaide for a private tour. Lunch at own cost in one of the nearby cafes on Melbourne St. The coach will meet us after lunch for a tour that will include viewing some of Adelaide's beautiful homes and more churches with Morris stained glass windows. The plan is to have a private tour of St Peter's Anglican Cathedral followed by Evensong. Evening free  

Day Five
Today we drive to the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Included in our morning will be morning tea and a Morris display at the Church of the Epiphany at Crafers followed by a drive by view of Thorngrove Manor on our way to Auchendarroch. Lunch will be at Auchendarroch House one of the Barr Smith family's prior homes. We will view the Morris rooms and the very spot where Joanna Barr Smith hand embroidered so many magnificent Morris pieces. Lunch will be served in a stunning Morris furnished room. After lunch we will have a private tour of the The Cedars, the home of one of Australia's most famous artists - Sir Hans Heysen. Evening free

Above photo from Auchendarcroch website

Above photo from The Cedars website

Day Six
Our coach takes us on a longer drive today to the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula starting in the town of Victor Harbor where we will be served a delicious morning tea. There will be time for an amble before we drive along the coast to Port Elliot for lunch. After lunch there will be more time to browse through the nearby shops including several with antiques. Following this we meander back through Willlunga and the famous McLaren Vale wine region finishing with a surprise afternoon tea at a mystery destination! 

 Day Seven
Guests leave or stay on to explore much more that our beautiful region has to offer. See what our state offers with day tours HERE and HERE and even more HERE! I could go on but just ask Mr Google!


  1. Wonderful tour ! I will be following this with interest. Would love to come !!!

  2. So many people would love to see the extended Morris collection in Adelaide, including us.XXXX

  3. I would hope to see Auchendarroch with its Morris wallpapers at Mt Barker in the Adelaide Hills.

  4. I live in Adelaide and really should check out some of these amazing places anytime I can. We take so much for granted, don't we? So something to aim for

  5. sooo exciting Michele. have noted the date

  6. I would love to be able to visit and have the experience of seeing all that is offered.

  7. Replies
    1. Send me an email so that i can put you on the list!

  8. Looks like a fantastic tour. Should be more like it in Australia!


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