Guided Tours

How well do you really know the streets of Adelaide? Have you stepped inside the longest-standing pub in the city, explored genteel North Adelaide through the eyes of a frustrated 20th century teenager or learned the truth about Victoria Square’s fabled underground tunnels?

The National Trust’s Adelaide Tours program sheds new light on our city’s past and present, linking together both beloved and oft-forgotten heritage sites to tell the colourful and sometimes strange stories of South Australia’s capital. These popular themed walks are a great fit for visitors, business groups or even just locals looking to explore the city from a new angle.

The National Trust offers a number of guided tours around iconic heritage buildings, from our flagship property Ayers House on North Terrace to the Old Treasury Building.

Explore the full range of walks here.

  • East Terrace Promenade

    East Terrace Promenade

    Life was good if you were lucky enough to join the social set that hovered around the stately homes of late nineteenth century East Terrace. Unless you happen to get a whiff of the industrial runoff from the working class area up the road, that ... Read More »
  • Old Treasury & Tunnels Tours

    Old Treasury & Tunnels Tours

    Journey through winding hallways and underground chambers to meet the colourful characters and deep history behind one of Adelaide’s oldest colonial buildings. From riots and floods to historic reforms the Treasury sat at the heart of South Australia’s political life – come explore its secrets ... Read More »
  • Ayers House After Dark

    Ayers House After Dark

    Step back in time to 1876. Join Butler (Mr Wilkins), Housekeeper (Mrs Galvin) and Cook (Mrs Jenkins) on this special visit to Ayers House. The Master and Lady are out for the evening and staff are ready to show you through the ... Read More »

Self Guided Trails

We have also compiled 10 themed Heritage Walking Trails to guide you in your own exploration. Let us know which ones you like and what you would like to see.

  • Houses Great and Small

    Houses Great and Small

    This tour highlights the nineteenth century private residences found in the eastern side of the city, many which are significant for the particular architectural style they represent. Some are also notable for the well-known South Australians who called them home. Highlights include Rymill House, home to ... Read More »
  • High on the Hill

    High on the Hill

    Explore North Adelaide's many heritage homes which are as varied as the materials from which they are built. The houses in this tour are significant examples of some of the earliest residential structures found in Adelaide. Highlights include Brougham House, erected in 1881 and now part ... Read More »
  • Exploring Education

    Exploring Education

    Built from wood, stone or brick, the heritage sites included in this tour reveal the importance of education in South Australia's past. Visit the Mitchell Building on North Terrace, notable as the first building constructed for the University of Adelaide. Stroll past the Advanced School for ... Read More »
  • Politics, Power and Law

    Politics, Power and Law

    Adelaide’s heritage buildings reflect the fascinating development of South Australia from colony to State. From North Terrace to Victoria Square, see the sites along the way that reveal the important role of the city as the centre of administration, commerce and leadership in the State. Highlights ... Read More »

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