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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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08:30 - 17:30
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 17:30
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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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Parliament House is open to the public throughout the year. On non-sitting days the building is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday (but is closed on public holidays... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Parliament House is open to the public throughout the year. On non-sitting days the building is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday (but is closed on public holidays). During sitting days the building opens at 8:30 am and remains open while parliament is sitting. The building is not open on weekends (except for special events such... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great opportunity in visiting the building. The history, architecture the art, the public books etc was all interesting. Highly recommend it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just happened to stumble upon coming here on there twice a year "open day". There was a self-guided tour throughout the building. Lots of helpful staff giving out information. Very beautiful building! Lots of restaurants available and also a place to have high tea if someone desired.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I happened to be in the area on a public tour day. You have a walking tour through most of the building with stops at over 20 locations. Guides are everywhere to answer your questions. The building is ornate and rich in history. If you happen to be in town on a day when they are having an open house,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently toured here and enjoyed the majesty of this beautiful old building. Magnificent architecture is visibly both outside and inside the structure. The parliament sittings area is also fascinating and worth a brief visit n ot only to take in the decorative ceilings and walls but also the decorative events of a parliamentary sitting. An intriguing visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks 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 15 February 2017 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

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 11 February 2017 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 5 February 2017

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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