William Morris in Adelaide

Explore the wonderful hand-made textiles, stained glass furnishings and interior design of William Morris, who made a major impact on the Adelaide society of the late 19th century.

One of the great dynamos of English interior design, William Morris – designer, poet, mediævalist and socialist – revitalised decorative art with his Arts and Crafts Movement, which swept across the British Empire and found its home-away-from-home in the growing city of Adelaide.

In Adelaide, Australia’s wealthiest family, the Barr Smiths, became Morris’s largest international client, furnishing seven homes with his works. On this tour, explore these wonderful residences and other key sites, and revel in the beauty of Morris’s enduring works.

2018 Tour dates:
25 September–01 October 2018 

04–10 November 2018  **FULLY BOOKED – WAITLIST ONLY**

2019 Tour dates:
12–18 May 2019 (7 days)
04–10 August 2019 (7 days)

Check in to your hotel. In the evening join Michele and your fellow travellers for a welcome reception.


After breakfast, drive to the Art Gallery of South Australia for a private viewing of the William and May Morris collections. The Gallery has one of the most significant collections of textiles and furnishings by William Morris and his daughter May Morris outside the United Kingdom. Enjoy lunch at the Gallery before a walking tour of Adelaide, including a viewing of the Morris-designed stained glass window of the Old Stock Exchange, depicting the Federation of the Australian Colonies in 1901. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.


This morning, admire the William Morris stained glass windows and quilt collection in St Augustine’s Anglican Church before a private tour of the historic manor house of Carrick Hill, including the chance to view some never-before-seen Morris textiles. After lunch at Carrick Hill, return to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon and evening at leisure.


Wander through the David Roche Foundation Museum, one of Australia’s most sumptuous collections of decorative art of the 18th and 19th centuries, with paintings, ceramics, furniture and sculpture from the early French Rococo to Russia’s House of Fabergé. There is free time for lunch in the vicinity of Melbourne Street, replete with many charming cafés, before a scenic tour of some of Adelaide’s most impressive houses and Morris-furnished churches. Discover an altar cloth attributed to William Morris on a private tour of St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, and bask in the melodious glory of a Choral Evensong.


Today, explore some of the charming historic churches and houses of the Adelaide Hills. Visit the Church of the Epiphany to see a special collection of Morris-designed memorabilia. Continue to Auchendarroch House, one of the former mansions of the Barr Smith family, and enjoy lunch in a room decorated with Morris’s furnishings. Wander through the rambling house and gardens of The Cedars, home of the famous German-Australian landscape painter Sir Hans Heysen, himself a protégé of the Barr Smith family.

Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.


After breakfast, depart for a full-day tour of the delightful towns of the Fleurieu Peninsula between Adelaide and Lake Alexandrina. First stop is Victor Harbor, the pleasant summer retreat of Adelaideans, overlooking the mighty Southern Ocean. Enjoy a farewell lunch in Port Elliot with time for a stroll through its antique shops, followed by a scenic drive through Willunga and the McLaren Vale wine region. On the way back to Adelaide, call in for afternoon tea at a special destination, before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.



Please note, order of visits subject to change

Per person, twin-share from

AUD 2,250

Single supplement* from

AUD 750

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 300

All prices are per person, in AUD

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.

Tour code


Final payment due

Friday 10 August 2018

Fitness level

Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.


Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance.

Tour price includes

  • Six nights’ accommodation at the Stamford Grand Hotel in Adelaide Beach, Glenelg, with private facilities and breakfast daily (B)
  • All meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner, R = Reception). Soft drinks, juices and tea/coffee included; wines included for farewell lunch.
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coach transportation throughout
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and visits to galleries, museums, churches and other attractions including entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Lectures and talks with your tour leader throughout
  • Full-day tour to the Fleurieu Peninsula
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include

  • Flights to/from Adelaide
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, minibar etc.)
  • Travel insurance (recommended) – please contact us for assistance


Your hotel
Glenelg – Stamford Grand Hotel Adelaide Beach****+


N.B. A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted