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Address: Carlton Gardens | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 8341 7777

The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the world's oldest remaining...

The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the world's oldest remaining exhibition pavilions. On 1 July 2004, it became the first building in Australia to achieve a World Heritage listing.

Located in Carlton Gardens, the pavilion was originally completed in 1880 for the first of two international fairs hosted by Melbourne. On May 1st, 1901, the initial Commonwealth Parliament was held here, an event commemorated in 2001, the centenary of Australian Federation.

Today, with its meticulously restored interior, expansive galleries and soaring dome, the Great Hall offers an impressive setting for trade shows, fairs and cultural and community events.

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From the outside the building is awesome but we had the chance to see it from inside and it's speechless.. you can feel the history there

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the outside the building is awesome but we had the chance to see it from inside and it's speechless.. you can feel the history there

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This building was built for a world exposition in circa 1880s It was used for the inauguration of the Australian Parliament in may 1901 It is iconic, very historic and is a World Heritage Site The tour we took was fantastic, the guide knew alot of info about the building and its uses over a very long time WORTH A... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this building as part of a daily 14.00 tour. Very worthwhile and a fascinating building of its era. We were fortunate that there were no events in the building on the day of our visit which made it extra special. Overall a World Heritage Site which is undervalued and under promoted. Guides very knowledgeable and helpful

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Used to hold many activities before next Exhibition was built. Still entertaining and very popular destination.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The pictures are so good, there you have the garden surrounding it is beautiful, it's a lovely stroll around there, and there's the water fountain there too. Just great walks and views. And it's free so visit it. We came here as a couple too it was very cute.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the City Circle Tram & do a short walk across the lovely Carlton Gardens to the Royal Exhibition Building. As far as I know, this is the only Grand building that displays the Gothic architecture of that time in such beautiful detail. I understand that it is one of the few remaining Exhibition Buildings from that era,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Away from skyscrapers, Carlton Gardens is a great place for photographers. The Royal Exhibition Building shared the same plot of land with the gardens, view is fantastic. Melbourne Museum is right beside Royal Exhibition Building, do drop by the museum too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We flew over to Melbourne for the weekend to visit and enjoy Motorclassica. A very professionally put together , quality car show. Recommended

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

If you're interested in flowers and gardening, then you'll thoroughly enjoy the international flower and garden show at the Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Even though we couldn't get inside due to an ongoing show, just walking around the grounds with the pretty fountains, flowers, and foliage was wonderful. The building itself has the beautiful Victorian Style. The area surrounding it is perfect to sit on the grass with a picnic, relax, and soak of the afternoon people watching. A nice oasis just NW... More 

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