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Buda Historic Home & Garden is one of the great heritage assets of the Goldfields region. Buda was built in 1861 and from 1863 was the home of noted silversmith Ernest Leviny and his family. Complete with the family's art and craft collections, furnishings and domestic effects, the gracious historic home surrounded by one of the most important large nineteenth century suburban gardens surviving in Victoria was home to the remarkably creative Leviny family for a period of 118 years. Also displayed are works by many prominent Australian artists including Margaret Preston, M J McNally, Ursula Ridley Walker and Lionel Lindsay. The Gift shop on site has a range of Buda exclusive merchandise featuring Leviny designs and other original pieces for visitors to purchase and take home. With three acres of enchanting gardens to explore, there is much to see and do. The plant nursery offers for sale a wide range of heritage trees, shrubs, roses and ground covers ideally suited to Australian conditions. Or you can purchase some local produce, delightful craft items, and souvenirs from Buda's Gift shop.The delightful Garden Room function venue, set beautifully amongst the gardens and available for hire, has the capacity to seat up to 65 people and has spectacular views of the Castlemaine township. View the website for more details and explore other special events that happen throughout the year.Visitors can be assured of a very warm welcome to Buda Historic Home & Garden at any time of the year.
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Travelling from Melbourne to Castlemaine, turn right into Urquhart Street as you approach the town centre, just after the Castle Motel, and travel North to Hunter Street. Alternatively, follow Barker Street in the town centre towards Bendigo. Turn right into Hunter Street at the North Primary School and continue straight ahead to Buda Historic Home and Garden.
Tour groups opening hours: open every day (except Good Friday and Christmas Day) for tour groups of ten or more. Call to book your tour or email operator.