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Parliament House of Victoria

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Address: Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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+61 3 9651 8911
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 17:30

Victoria's Parliament House is one of Australia's oldest and most...

Victoria's Parliament House is one of Australia's oldest and most architecturally distinguished public buildings. It is a working State Parliament, and is also the building where Australia's first Federal Parliament met from 1901 until 1927. Free guided tours are provided on non-sitting days, Monday to Friday, at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:45pm. (Tours for groups of 6 or more are also free, but must be booked in advance) The public galleries in both chambers are open on sitting days for visitors who wish to see Parliament in action. Visitors can book for High Tea or Lunch in Stranger's Corridor during non-sitting weeks.

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We were visitors to Melbourne, but have been to the city many times before. This time, we met friends from England who had never been, so Parliament House seemed like a good... read more

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Brisbane, Queensland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visitors to Melbourne, but have been to the city many times before. This time, we met friends from England who had never been, so Parliament House seemed like a good choice to take them. It's at the end of the CBD, so convenient from inner city accommodation. Just across the road is the Old Treasury Building, so it's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Positives: Very informative. Free and guided. Warning: no reservations, the wait vary depending on the amount of people waiting in line, maximum groups of 25 people are allowed at the time. Check the schedule because not all the days are open to the public.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An enjoyable 45 minute tour of this building that is very ornate inside. The tour guide Simom was excellent with stories for everyone about the building's history, its architecture, politicians past and present, the process of government in Victoria. Although tours are free they are limited to 25 people at a time and are more popular in the afternoons. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Magnificent building designedly and perfect to detail. Heavily influenced by Greek and Roman architecture. It's said that 3 mn worth( today's worth) of gold has been used to paint and decorate the building at the time of completion. A fee tour is offered and guided by a very passionate staff with excellent knowledge of the building and history of Victoria.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The entrance is impressive with long white columns and standing on the steps you get a good view of Bourke Street. It is steeped in history in and worth a visit. Trams from the Bourke Street Mall with take you there and it is a short journey. To the left are lovely gardens and Parliament Station and Her Majesties Theater.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Victoria's pre-eminent heritage listed building is important culturally and architecturally, a visit on a sitting day and during question time specifically is a real eye-opener as to the conduct of parliamentary proceedings. Guided tours are run regularly, many areas are restricted, but the grandeur of the main entrance and public spaces is worth a quick look if you are short... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great Free tour! Our tourguide Simon took the time and explained everything very Well. Be aware that you be there 25 minutes before start!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Check their website for times and days of their free tours. We truly enjoyed our tour - but even though we got there 25 minutes before the tour, we were the last ones allowed in. They have a limit of 25 people per tour. You are able to visit both chambers and hear the history of the building - plus... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A group of us did a tour followed by High Tea. The tour was really excellent - our guide - Craig - was very interesting and answered our questions well. The whole tour was a fascinating insight to a beautiful building with a lot of history and just to see the workings of the parliament was interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic. Walked passed for years and never been in. Great tour by Craig. Enjoyable High Tea . Good price .Beautiful building , well worth the visit.

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