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Parliament House of Victoria

Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9651 8911
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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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"free tour"
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"beautiful building"
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"legislative assembly"
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"open house"
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"lower house"
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"gold leaf"
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"council chamber"
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"high tea"
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"government buildings"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit. The building is beautiful and I especially enjoyed hearing about the History of the Parliament . Our guide was absolutely fantastic ...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really good tour with kids. The steps make a good photo too! (The trouble is getting the kids off the steps!!)

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Reviewed 2 June 2018

I did a guided tour of the building and it was absolutely fascinating, learned a lot about the system of government with a great guide

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Parliament house is situated just opposite Hotel Windsor in Melbourne in day it looks great but in night by lights it looks fantastic

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Learnt lots from this tour guide who seemed genuinely fond of her building and its history. Her details were thorough .

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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Keep an eye for free tours, usually on weekends. The building has great history and architectural details.

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Reviewed 23 May 2018

Well firstly being Parliament one would expect to go through security... which is a rather painless experience unless you have someone who tries to get through with bags before you. The system is quick and efficiently done. I went through security twice during the day...More

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Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

Didn't expect such a nice and historic building in this city. Looks like something you would find in Europe. Worth a visit in this city.

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Reviewed 21 May 2018

We loved the architecture and decoration of Parliament House, all the columns and decoration that represents Australian history was great to experience, all the gilding in gold and each section that represents something like arts, honesty, the common people etc, we loved the library and...More

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Reviewed 17 May 2018

HUGE! Free tours are available, but reserve a couple of hours for a good look at the amazing architecture and grounds. Very much in the old European style of grand government buildings, it is an impressive amount of stone.

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From front street level (facing the tram tracks), are mainly steps & pillars with Victorian lights . Parliament house is user friendly also to "not so convenient" visitors, believe me, the government is really thoughtful... More
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