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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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Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Chinatown
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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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"council chamber"
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"high tea"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on Thursday 22nd February. Not to be missed and what an amazing looking building all lit up at night. They also have organised tours during the day as well.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As one expects everywhere now, security was tight, but performed with courtesy, swiftness and smiles. On entering, we looked, not only at the opulence within the entrance hall, but peeked into the toilets - a credit to the Victorian age. Our Guide (Beckie?) was not...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A short and interesting free excursion into the Victorian parliament, bringing home the derivation of the local democracy from the British. An impressive building and an impressive story, but I wish that, rather than pointing out the similarities to the UK, they had talked more...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to do a tour on a Parliament House open day which included both chambers and the Parliamentary Dining Room. Tours are free and are available on "non-sitting" days. The architecture of the entry and foyer are simply stunning!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This building is certainly worth a visit to see the architecture and all the ornate features. You would think you were in Europe.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

This is a pretty building on the outside, on a monumental location, but it is also very interesting to do a tour of the parliament. However, this is not very frequent, and the groups are not large, so best to book in advance, if possible.

Thank Alfred V
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

A truly magnificent building on Spring St in Melbourne. Majestic and classic architecture, which, like a lot of similar government buildings, was designed to reflect the importance and power of its institution and its members. And on a sunny day, it really is stunning. And...More

Thank BenYorkie
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

We were just walking by and noticed this beautiful building. We walked to the top of the stairs and saw they had tours. On a lark, we decided to take a tour. What a great experience. We had to wait a half hour for the...More

Thank Chris33043
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

The free tour was great. I loved learning about the history of the building too. The rooms had so much intricate detail. I’d recommend arriving at least half an hour before the time you’d like to take a tour. They only take groups of 25...More

Thank Michelle N
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

I don t think it is open for the public.I was studying at HOLMES institute,was next to this area.City area.

Thank Shritesh S
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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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