Samson House Fremantle

A must for lovers of history and a great family day out.

Samson House Fremantle

Courtesy National Trust

Sampson House was completed in 1888 for one of Fremantle’s most influential families.

Samson House Fremantle

Sir Frederick Sampson who campaigned to preserve many of Fremantle‘s heritage sites, including what is now the Fremantle Arts Centre, generously left his home and the contents of two generations to the people of WA.

Samson House Fremantle

Now this amazing collection, the house and the grounds are open to the public on the first Sunday of every month. This is an ideal visit for all ages with something to impress everyone.

Samson House Fremantle

We went on an open house day with the family and were really impressed not just with the visit, but how it retained our kids interest. The house itself was a wonderful display of architecture and opulence.

Samson House Fremantle

Our daughter adored the chandeliers and quaint children’s room.

Samson House Fremantle

It was an interesting insight on how the more affluent members of society once lived.

Samson House Fremantle

Each room is preserved exactly how it would have been all those years ago and volunteers scattered throughout the building offered information on what the original functions would have been for each of them.

Samson House Fremantle

Families are encouraged to visit and they hold events specifically for children including a Rock and Read workshop where children can dress up and celebrate the love of books and the written word.

Samson House Fremantle

On the day we visited there was a section set up on the verandah with crafts and a few old school games on the grass of quoits and tug of war rope.

Samson House Fremantle

All rooms are sectioned off with rope at the entrance so larger prams and/or wheelchairs may struggle a little especially if there are a lot of people, but you should have no trouble navigating the hallways.

Samson House Fremantle

Be sure to have a look at the glass panelled floor near the kitchen that gives a glimpse to the estates water source twenty metres below ground! Not for the faint hearted!

Samson House Fremantle

The grounds are equally impressive with a delightful flower and vegetable garden and the pieced résistance – a waterfall and bridge under a beautiful old tree.

Samson House Fremantle

Samson House

Where: 61 Ellen Street, Fremantle

Open: First Sunday of the month. Guided tours 10:30am and 12:00pm

Call: 08 9321 6088

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