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Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

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Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

These buildings comprise a tavern dating from 1785 and a hotel built in 1792. Towards the end of the 18th century they were joined together by Englishman John Gadsby and quickly became a local meeting place for many significant 18th-century figures. In 1798, George Washington graced a ball here, the first of two occasions on which he attended the celebrations in honour of his birthday. The 18th-century hostelry is well preserved in the older building. The tavern next door serves colonial-style food and drink.


Venue name: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Address: 134 N Royal Street

Cross street: between King & Cameron Streets
Opening hours: Nov–Mar 11am–4pm Wed–Sat; 1–4pm Sun. Apr–Oct 10am–5pm Tue–Sat; 1–5pm Mon, Sun. Guided tours every 30mins
Transport: King Street Metro then 29K bus or Dash bus AT2, AT3, AT5, AT7
Price: Admission $5; $3 reductions; free under-11s
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