The Heritage Tour operates on the generosity of donations.
The Tour bus departs 10am daily Monday – Saturday from the Armidale Visitor Information Centre at 82 Marsh St, behind Mobil Service Station.
Bookings are essential - phone: (02) 6770 3888.
The Guided Heritage Tour is a 2½ hour taste of Armidale. You will be taken on an historical journey through Armidale with a lively and personal commentary from one of our tour guides. Your guides are all volunteers with a wide knowledge of the local area and the attractions you will visit. You will be given the descriptions and history of many of the old and beautiful buildings that grace the city of Armidale. Some of the buildings that you will see include cathedrals and churches, private and public schools, historic hotels and public buildings, monuments and memorials. These buildings are all within viewing distance of the bus.
There are four opportunities for you to alight from the bus.
- The Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place in Kentucky Street houses a fine collection of local Aboriginal artefacts and historical material. The Cultural Centre also has regular art exhibitions of important local and other Aboriginal artists. 15 minutes
- The New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) While the exhibits change frequently here, the permanent Hinton and Coventry collections include the works of Australians Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Norman Lindsay. You'll find an interesting gift shop and a good café here but you'll have to return for a coffee and browse later, as this is not a long stop. Approx 15 min.
- The Armidale Railway Museum and Station offers visitors the chance to talk about the history of the railway and its arrival in Armidale. They will also be offered a complimentary cup of morning tea or coffee to enjoy during this talk.
- The University of New England and the heritage listed homestead “Booloominbah” is the last stop on the tour. built from 1883 to 1888, which now serves as the administration block of University of New England (UNE). Features of this 45 room home include some exquisite stained glass windows, gargoyles and prominent chimneys. You are invited inside to the ground floor, to admire the stained glass and elegant interior, then outside to the lush, green grass where thousands of students receive their degrees at the annual graduation ceremony. On weekend tours, there is no access into the interior.
A trip to Armidale wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the Armidale Heritage Bus Tour.
The Heritage Tour bus is unable to cater for children under 4 years of age, children aged 4-7
must provide their own booster seat.
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