Explore the handmade textiles, stained-glass windows, furnishings and interior design of William Morris, who made a major impact on the Adelaide society of the late nineteenth century.

At a Glance

  • Visit William Morris-inspired buildings in and around Adelaide including the former Stock Exchange building
  • Explore the rich collection of William Morris furnishings in a private viewing at the 180-year-old house at Anlaby Station
  • Admire the Morris-designed stained-glass windows of St Augustine’s Anglican Church and All Souls’ Church

One of the great dynamos of English interior design, William Morris – designer, poet, medievalist 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 decorative arts specialist Robert Reason to explore these embellished residences and other key sites, and revel in the beauty of Morris’s enduring works.

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21 – 27 April 2024 (7 days)

Tour leader

Robert Reason

Tour Status



Arrive in Adelaide on suggested Qantas flights and make your way to the hotel. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements including a private transfer to the hotel, a room category upgrade and pre-tour accommodation.

Tour arrangements commence at 18:00 with a welcome briefing by your tour leader Robert Reason, followed by dinner.


This morning, attend a talk by Robert followed by a tour of Urrbrae House. The house, managed by Adelaide University, has an interesting history and a few Morris pieces in a couple of the rooms, and a magnificent rose garden.

In the afternoon, visit the Art Gallery of South Australia. As well as being regarded as one of Australia’s most prestigious art institutes, the gallery also has a large selection of items relating to the life and works of William Morris, whose influence can be strongly felt throughout Adelaide.

Continue to the CBD for a walking tour of William Morris-inspired buildings such as the Royal Institution of Australia, housed in the former Stock Exchange building. View Adelaide’s earliest, and only, example of a Morris and Co. stained-glass window that isn’t in a church.


This morning, admire the William Morris stained-glass windows in St Augustine’s Anglican Church.

Discover Auchendarroch House, located in the Adelaide Hills and one of the former mansions of the Barr Smith family decorated with Morris’s furnishings.

Continue to the quaint village of Hahndorf for lunch followed by some time at leisure to explore the town.

Then, 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 a morning talk, continue to the historic Carrick Hill manor house for lunch and enjoy an exclusive chance to view rarely-seen Morris textiles.

Then, visit Scotch College, one of the former mansions of the Barr Smith family, before returning to Adelaide.


Today, travel to Anlaby Station, one of Australia’s great homesteads and one of the first grand rural properties of South Australia, located in the Barossa Valley region. Enjoy a private guided tour of the garden and home, which has been restored with examples of William Morris designs in the ‘pomegranate’ wallpaper and ‘tulip and lily’ carpet.

After lunch at Anlaby Station, return to Adelaide and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure.


This morning, visit All Souls’ Anglican church to see the sunlight glimmer through the William Morris stained-glass windows.

Then, enjoy a private guided tour at the David Roche Foundation House Museum, home to one of Australia’s most extensive collections of decorative art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with paintings, ceramics, furniture and sculpture from early French Rococo to Russia’s House of Fabergé.

Tonight, join Robert and fellow tour members for a special farewell dinner.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including additional nights’ accommodation either before or after the tour, travel insurance (highly recommended), a room category upgrade and private airport transfers.



Per person, twin share

AUD 4,750

Single supplement

AUD 695

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 1,500

Final payment due

21 February 2024

Room category upgrade available on request; please enquire with us.

Tour price includes

  • Six nights’ accommodation in a four-star superior hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing, including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Transportation throughout on comfortable, air-conditioned coaches
  • Talks and insights from your tour leader, art specialist Robert Reason
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and wait staff
  • 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
  • Airport porterage
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, room service, minibar, taxis etc.)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel
The Playford Adelaide MGallery by Sofitel ****+
Situated in the heart of Adelaide’s arts and cultural precinct, the Playford Hotel’s boutique-style accommodation offers contemporary comforts coupled with a warm Art Nouveau feel. Guest rooms come with high-speed broadband internet access, Foxtel and access to the hotel’s Health Club with indoor heated pool, spa and sauna.

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

More Details

Tour code: RT2402

Fitness level: Moderate
Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions here.

Suggested airline: Qantas
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.

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