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, join award-winning quilter Michele Hill to explore these wonderful residences and other key sites, and revel in the beauty of Morris’s enduring works.

Arrive in Adelaide in the afternoon on suggested Qantas flights. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.

Make your way to the hotel and check in. At 17:00, join Michele and fellow travellers for a special welcome reception.


This morning, attend a presentation by Michelle Hill on the life of William Morris, followed by a chance to ask questions and discuss Morris’ significance to Adelaide and his work.

After lunch, set out on 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. Discover an altar cloth attributed to William Morris on a private tour of St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral.


Today, 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 very rarely seen Morris textiles. After lunch at Carrick Hill, return to the hotel and enjoy an afternoon and evening at leisure.


Begin today with a visit to All Souls Church to see the sunlight dance through the William Morris stain glass windows. Then 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 returning to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure.


Today explore Hahndorf, a town settled by 19th century Lutheran migrants, well known for its artisanal food and original German-style architecture. 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 the hotel for an evening at leisure.


After breakfast, depart for a full-day tour of the Fleurieu Peninsula between Adelaide and Lake Alexandrina. In Victor Harbor, the pleasant summer retreat of Adelaideans which overlooks the mighty Southern Ocean, visit a charming quilting shop, and then continue to Port Elliot for some free time and a stroll through its antique shops. Celebrate the conclusion of the tour with a special farewell lunch with Michele and fellow travellers in Port Elliot.

Enjoy a scenic drive through Willunga and the McLaren Vale wine region on the way back to Adelaide, and call in for afternoon tea at a special destination before returning to your hotel.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.

Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any additional nights’ accommodation, either before or after the tour.


Per person, twin-share from*

AUD 2,750

Single supplement** from

AUD 550

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 500

**All prices are per person.

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

Tour code


Final payment due

05 June 2019

Fitness level

Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions.

Suggested airline

Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.


New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to visit Australia.

Tour price includes

  • Six nights’ accommodation at the 4-star superior Playford Hotel in Adelaide, 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; wine included for farewell dinner.
  • 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, Michele Hill
  • Full-day tour to the Fleurieu Peninsula
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include

  • Airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, minibar etc.)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel
Adelaide – The Playford Hotel – MGallery by Sofitel ****+

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