Carrick Hill House Reopening | 28 Nov 2020

Carrick Hill House Reopening to the Public Following Renovations

Following a $3.3 million renovation at Carrick Hill, the 1939 estate and former residence of Sir Edward and Lady Hayward in the Adelaide foothills will re-open to the public from Saturday 28 November 2020. The house has been closed since July 2019 for renovation work.

The renovation has seen the attic (previously inaccessible to the public) stripped out to create a new 75 square metre permanent exhibition space. The space has been named The Wall Gallery in honour of Ian and Pamela Wall, who provided a significant donation towards the renovation. To honour these major donors the Carrick Hill Foundation commissioned a portrait of Ian and Pamela by leading Australian portraitist Robert Hannaford of Adelaide.

The Wall Gallery

The opening exhibition for The Wall Gallery is entitled Collecting: A Personal View. This will explore the influence of Sir Kenneth Clark on both the collections at the Art Gallery of SA and at Carrick Hill. The exhibition features 16 rarely seen works from the AGSA collection as well as works held by Carrick Hill. 

The creation of The Wall Gallery has enabled the former guest bedroom, previously used as exhibition space, to be reinterpreted. Many celebrities have stayed at Carrick Hill over the years including Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Judith Anderson, Robert Helpmann and Sir Kenneth Clark. Re-organised areas for staff have also enabled the opening of other historic areas of the house to visitors. An elevator to all 3 levels of the house has been installed as well as a  new fire compliant staircase and accessible toilet facilities inside the house.

Onsite Gin Bar

Tabel Catering has returned to operate the café and marquee catering side. Each Friday at 5.00pm from 20 November 2020 through until 2 April 2021, Tabel will operate a gin bar onsite. Gin being one of the favourite tipples of Lady Hayward.

Carrick Hill House Reopening

In all, $2.7million was raised by The Carrick Hill Foundation (through private benefactor donations) along with a $690,000 grant from the State Government for the renovation. 

Visitors to Carrick Hill will be eligible for free membership to the Friends of Carrick Hill which will be valid from 28 November 2020 to 30 June 2021. Membership benefits include free entry to the house, special events, gift shop & café discounts. This offer is only valid during the opening weekend.  

Set on 100 acres, Carrick Hill is one of South Australia’s most valuable historic assets and an important window into Adelaide’s past. The house and grounds were generously bequeathed to the State by the Hayward’s in 1983 for the public to enjoy. Carrick Hill represents one of the best, examples of fine mid-twentieth century living in Australia.  

Carrick Hill is open Wednesdays through to Sundays from 10.00am to 4:30pm. Tickets are available at the door.


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Carrick Hill website.

What:   Carrick Hill House Reopening

When:    from Saturday 28 November 2020

Where:   Carrick Hill | 46 Carrick Hill Drive Springfield

Who:   Everyone

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