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Rippon Lea House & Gardens

Address: 192 Hotham St | Elsternwick, Melbourne, Victoria 3185, Australia
Phone Number: 03 9523 6095
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Ranked #37 of 175 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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English first
Butler, Pennsylvania
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103 reviews 103 reviews
43 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The gardens alone are beautiful, tons of varieties and lots to explore. Loved the tour of the home though. Lots of history and so much to see, it's definitely worth doing the tour.

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Brisbane
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is a grand old lady of a residence of yesteryear with plenty of grace from the original construction and glamour from a Hollywood style renovation in the 1930's. It's set in wonderful gardens which were lovely even though I went during a Melbourne heatwave. It tickled me that the original owner, who was a merchant, had a tower in... More 

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Victoria, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

It is a beautiful mansion built in the Gold Rush era by the Sargood family. It is now in the hands of the National Trust. I had the pleasure of showing an elderly friend from England the property. as growing up he had been friends of the Sargoods..He was delighted that the house was just as he remembered. It is... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I like to think I have a keen eye for good architecture and, mostly leaning towards contemporary works, I do appreciate the detail in classic works. The house by itself is astounding and simply beautiful, the design and construction in my books is unmatchable and could rival any grand estate in Australia. The grounds are open, expansive and give a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The garden was lovely, and a great spot for a picnic with plenty of room for our little one to run around. The house was also beautiful on the outside, but the inside was less impressive. There is little original furniture and a lot of the rooms need maintenance. I thought it was a little overpriced for what is it... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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343 reviews 343 reviews
221 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This fine old house and its grounds are worth a visit for themselves alone. And if you keep up with the "what's on" guides you may spot one of the special events or exhibits that Rippon Lea hosts. The first time I was taken to Rippon Lea, it was for a food fair in the grounds. Another time I saw... More 

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Sydney,Australia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is an amazing survivor in the heart of Melbourne, a genuine "estate" which gives a glimpse of how the wealthy lived from the Victorian boom times, right up to the 30's (fabulous pool and pool house like a Hollywood set). The house itself is magnificent and an appropriate setting for historic costumes, in this case a fascinating display of... More 

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Perth, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I recently visited Rippon Lea House and Gardens. What a beautiful secret hidden in suburbia. I loved the bridal gown exhibition, and the scene from Great Expectations set up in the dining room was just as one would imagine. It would have been interesting to see even more of the house. The gardens were a delight to explore especially with... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I realise they probably need to make money out of exhibitions but the bridal one taking up the entire house was a complete joke. People wanted to see the house not a bunch of sad old wedding dresses put up on display. One room, okay, I could understand that but the entire house? Not good enough. The gardens were nice,... More 

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Hokitika, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

During my recent stay in Melbourne I was lucky enough to visit Rippon Lea which is a must see and I will be going back again to see this stately home in all it's glory. As I said, I was lucky enough to see it since it is usually closed for the winter but due to a bridal exhibition being... More 

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