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.

  • Old Adelaide Treasury Tours

    Old Adelaide Treasury Tours

    Explore the former Adelaide Treasury, one of Adelaide’s oldest and most significant heritage sites. It was here that gold from the eastern states was stored to be smelted into the Adelaide Pound. The tour includes the former Cabinet Room of ... 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.

  • 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 »
  • Crime and Mayhem

    Crime and Mayhem

    Though unique in its establishment as a free colony in Australia, South Australia is not without its colourful criminal past. The sites included in this tour represent the establishment of the state’s law and order, some dating back to the early days of the colony ... Read More »
  • Adelaide Vintage Pubs

    Adelaide Vintage Pubs

    From corner to corner, the city streets are dotted with some of the oldest and best-known pubs and hotels in Adelaide. Highlights include the Newmarket Hotel on the corner of North and West Terrace, which has a famous connection with Colonel William Light and holds claim ... Read More »

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