William Morris in Adelaide

Explore the wonderful handmade 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, 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 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 tour leader Michele Hill and fellow travellers for a special welcome reception.


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

Walk to the Art Gallery of South Australia, one of the largest art museum collections in Australia, and enjoy a private visit of its diverse collections.

After lunch, enjoy a private visit of the Ayers House Museum, one of Adelaide’s finest Victorian-era mansions. Explore Sir Henry Ayers’ residence and learn about the opulent lifestyles of well-to-do 19th century families.


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

After lunch, enjoy a private tour of the historic manor house of Carrick Hill, including the chance to view some very rarely seen Morris textiles. Return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure.


Today, travel to the Barossa Valley. Visit a patchwork and quilt designer shop and admire its diverse private collections.

Continue to Anlaby Station, the oldest merino stud in Australia, for lunch. Enjoy a private tour of the home and gardens before returning to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure.


Today explore Hahndorf, a town settled by 19th century Lutheran migrants, and 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.

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.


Begin today with a visit to All Souls’ Anglican church to see the sunlight glimmer through the William Morris stained-glass windows followed by morning tea.

Then, enjoy some free time to wander down O’Connell Street to view some of the historic grand houses in the area.

Continue to the David Roche Foundation Museum, home of 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.

Tonight, join Michele and fellow tours members for a special farewell dinner at the 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.


Please note: the order of visits is subject to change.

Per person, twin-share from

AUD 2,950

Single supplement* from

AUD 550

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 500

Tour prices

The Playford Hotel – Playford Guest Room
Twin/Double AUD 2,950
Single supplement* AUD 550

The Playford Hotel – Deluxe Guest Room
Twin/Double AUD 3,150
Single supplement* AUD 750

All prices are per person.

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

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

Final payment due

17 March 2020

Tour code


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 breakfast daily (B)
  • All meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner, R = Reception). Soft drinks and tea/coffee included; wine included for welcome reception and 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
  • 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, room service, mini-bar, taxis etc.)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel

The Playford Adelaide – MGallery by Sofitel ****+

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