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Block Arcade

Travellers' Choice award winner
Central Business District
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Address: 282 Collins St., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9654 5244
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Voted #8 of 323 things to do and see in Melbourne by Tripadvisor and...

Voted #8 of 323 things to do and see in Melbourne by Tripadvisor and winning the 2015 Travellers' Choice Award, join us on a personalised guided walk through one of Melbourne's most grand and historic landmarks,The Block Arcade. Built in 1892 and modelled on the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele in Milan, The Block Arcade is a heritage listed shopping arcade situated on Melbourne's Golden Mile and home to the largest mosaic floor in the southern hemisphere, its magnificent glass dome and the iconic Hopetoun Tearooms. Suitable for all ages, a guided walk through the Arcade will take you on a historical journey back to the early days of the Colony and a glimpse into Melbourne's rich and colourful history. Venture upstairs, which is not accessible to the general public, as you view the Arcade from its many windows and causeway. Tours run twice a week on Tuesdays or Thursdays. 11am - 12pm at $15 p/p 2 - 3.30pm at $22 p/p and includes a Devonshire afternoon tea. For groups of more than 8, prior arrangements can be made for alternative times/days.

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The Block Arcade is always a pleasure to visit. Locals and tourists enjoy this lovely Arcade. Good shopping and coffee.

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Greater Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Block Arcade is always a pleasure to visit. Locals and tourists enjoy this lovely Arcade. Good shopping and coffee.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved walking around this quaint arcade and looking in their quaint mix of shops. Great location and easy to get to. My daughters and I spent a couple of hours her looking around and shopping.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Super cute little arcade with a wide variety of stores. Definitely gives you a glimpse into the city's history and architecture

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Come here every time we visit Melbourne. The shops are so beautiful and being Christmas time it looks even more magical. Such an exquisite arcade in Melbourne. Love it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A delightful insight to how the early residents approached their shopping So many of the original designs remain for the enjoyment of all for a long time to come

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interesting to stroll through this historic arcade, poshly decorated shops and tea rooms. Very European.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We strolled in the street and had look at the buildings. The restaurant and shops are ok. We were there in November and new years decorations have started. The shops had v good display of various themes on Christ and fables associated thereto. That was the only worth seeing otherwise just a shopping street and can be given pass.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful historic building both inside and out but the shops and cafes are common and ordinary. Can walk through if u happen to be in the area but not really worth hunting down just to visit it. However, the Hopetoun Tea Room which was set up in 1891 together with the Block Arcade is definitely worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting place; however, it bothered me the way was ks idolized. It was as if Australia had been doing favor when invading Turkey. The building is beautiful and well-maintained. However, the ANZAC- related stuff gets really boring after couple of minutes. The place is good to understand English-speaking countries' approach to war.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

There are some very interesting shops to see as you walk through the Block Arcade. This is just another Melbourne gem

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