CURRENT Opening Hours: Fri, Sat, Sun 1-4pm Garden, Shop and Nursery only
USUAL Opening Hours:
 Wednesday – Saturday 12-5pm
Sundays and Public Holidays 10am – 5pm
CLOSED: Christmas Day, Good Friday & Extreme or Code Red fire days

Welcome to Buda

Buda is an authentic goldfields villa house and garden located in Castlemaine Central Victoria.

Named after Budapest by its Hungarian owner, Ernest Leviny, it was home to the creative Leviny family for 118 years and houses their significant intact collection of furniture, art works and personal belongings.

Come to Buda and enjoy walking through the historic house where you will be transported to another era, in this Museums Australia accredited museum. Wander three acres of heritage garden featuring original plantings and structures, including the bird aviary, tennis pavilion and grape pergola, along with many original garden ornaments created by the Leviny family members.


Bus tours and large groups are welcome at Buda from Monday to Sunday, every day of the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day, by prior appointment. Tour guides provided and catering available.
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The Buda Giftshop stocks unique giftware, homewares and jewellery featuring original Leviny designs as well as art cards and craftwork produced locally.

The Buda Plant Nursery stocks heritage and drought-hardy plants as well as a variety of fruit trees and native plants.

Traditional Arts Fair

Click here for the 2020 Traditional Arts Fair Raffle


Buda is a community organisation and we consider the health, wellbeing and safety of the community to be the utmost priority.

Although some restrictions are being lifted, we will remain closed until August for the health and safety of our volunteers. During this extended closure, the progress on the House Conservation thanks to the State Government Living Heritage grant is proceeding ahead of schedule. This means we will be able to open with no construction areas closed off and the project finished.

Our Nursery is still open with limited hours (9.30am – 2.30pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 1-4pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

Our Garden Room venue is reopening from June 1 and can cater for limited numbers in line with Government restrictions.

We are truly sorry for any inconvenience caused and we look forward to welcoming you onsite again soon.

These uncertain times are hitting the creative industries hard and present challenging circumstances. You can continue to support Buda by making a tax deductible donation so we can continue to make plans for post COVID-19.

We also encourage everyone to regularly consult the Department of Health and Human Services guidelines and recommendations or call the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time. All of us at Buda wish you and your families good health.

Looking for a venue?

The Buda Garden Room is a stunning venue for weddings, special birthday parties and celebrations.

A fully equipped space, it also functions well for workshops, seminars and multi-day conferences.

Contact our friendly team to receive our weddings package, and to discuss your needs.

Call Buda Monday to Friday 10am – 3pm on (03) 5472 1032 or

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August 2020

Traditional Arts Fair Workshop – Pruning with Stan Smith

August 22 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

In this workshop, participants will learn how to get years of supply with a few simple seasonal procedures,

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Traditional Arts Fair Workshops – Fermenting with Nikki Valentini

August 29 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Are you curious about learning the art of fermentation?
Buda's Traditional Arts Fair with Nikki Valentini is presenting two fermentation workshops exploring vegetable fermentation and its many health benefits, PLUS, an optional amazing fermented food lunch.

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November 2020

Traditional Arts Fair

Traditional Arts Fair

November 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Buda Historic Home and Garden, 42 Hunter St
CASTLEMAINE, VIC 3450 Australia
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We are sorry but for the health and safety of everyone concerned, we will not be running the event this year in the Traditional format. We will be running a series of smaller events every month starting in June, in the three areas of our Traditional Arts. Arts/Crafts, Culinary and Horticultural. These events will be able to be held with social distancing in mind. Please check the events section of our website for details.

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The House
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