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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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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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Interesting tour

This was a non planned, but great free tour that we stumbled upon. The tour allows you to visit and sit in both houses. The lower and upper houses. Very informative and alot of... read more

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a non planned, but great free tour that we stumbled upon. The tour allows you to visit and sit in both houses. The lower and upper houses. Very informative and alot of very interesting historical and contemporary facts. The building itself is stunning. The archetecture and the art work is worth having a gander. Definitely recommend this tour

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice tour while you only see four rooms there are the main rooms, tour takes an hour, each tour takes 24 people and is based on a first come first served basis outside the building. You see both houses and how they operate using the uk system. Good explanation how the system works and fits in with... More 

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Beganne, France
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived for the first tour of the day which turned out to be a good move. By the time we finished the next tour was forming and it was obvious that they had more visitors than they could take. The tour itself was comprehensive and very informative, at one point we as a group of strangers ended up discussing... More 

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Blue Mountains, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be warned. If you plan to take a tour of Parliament House make sure you turn up at least 40 minutes before the stated time. We arrived at 3.15 for the 3.30 tour, only to be told that it was full and had already gone in. If we wanted to attend the express tour at 4 we had to stand... More 

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Singapore
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Melbourne 2 weeks back on a business trip and I stayed at the hotel opposite the Parliament house. I walked over to take a few pictures and was surprised that it was opened to public. I have to say that I have never been to a Parliament and this is indeed an eye opener for me. There were... More 

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As both houses were sitting there were no guided tours, but we spent 90 minutes being royally entertained watching the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly in session. The Legislative Council chamber is magnificent, with Corinthian columns, an ornate ceiling and a lot of gold leaf. The Legislative Council is the equivalent of the UK House of Lords - sparsely attended,... More 

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Melbourne
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

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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Reviewed 20 March 2017

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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Reviewed 19 March 2017 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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Reviewed 18 March 2017 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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