OPEN 7 DAYS 12 – 4PM
Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and Extreme fire danger 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.

ADMISSION INFO

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.

Why not make a day of it and have a Picnic at Buda! A viewing of this historic home of the Leviny family is a must for lovers of the Arts and Crafts movement, heritage gardens and Gold Rush architecture. A gentle stroll around the grounds could be capped off with a picnic lunch on the lawn overlooking the township or listening to the aviary birds while seated at our comfortable tables in the courtyard.

You are welcome at anytime to bring your own rug and picnic hamper, but for those travelling, or an extra special treat, why not book an exclusive Buda gourmet hamper lovingly prepared by Melanie of Fryers Teahouse.

Exhibitions continue through Easter and the School Holidays.

Buda's Secret Garden

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TurfHunt

Kids Treasure hunt

Click for instructions. Also available onsite as a paper version and there’s one for under 5’s.

IMPORTANT UPDATE – COVID19

Buda is a community organisation and we consider the health, wellbeing and safety of the community to be the utmost priority. We are fully open with a COVID safe risk management plan.

Our Garden Room is available for function hire with QR Code registration and physical distancing rules in place. Please phone the office on 5472 1032 for enquiries.

Download our Covid Risk Management Plan

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.

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
email: admin@budacastlemaine.org.au

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March 2021

Lorena Carrington – Cyanotype Workshop for families

March 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Buda Historic Home and Garden, 42 Hunter St
CASTLEMAINE, VIC 3450 Australia
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$50

Lorena Carrington is a photographic illustrator and artist who has worked with some of Australia’s best-loved authors. Her cyanotype workshop is much loved by artists and writers, children and adults.

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April 2021

Drawing Workshop – Catherine Pilgrim

April 4 @ 10:30 am - April 6 @ 4:30 pm

Drawing Workshop at Buda Historic Home and Garden Sunday 4th to 6th April 2021 ​ Enjoy three days of observational drawing in a fully supported environment. Draw to hone skills…

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Buda After Dark

Buda After Dark

April 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A twilight tour with wine and cheese on Saturday 17th April giving a fascinating insight into evening-life in the olden days with candles and gas lamps.

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