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Rippon Lea House & Gardens

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Address: 192 Hotham St | Elsternwick, Melbourne, Victoria 3185, Australia
Phone Number: 03 9523 6095
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Step Back in Time

We took the train from the city, easy trip & not too hard to find. We had a look around the gardens while we waited for our tour to start. Ken was our guide & we had a large group... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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132 reviews 132 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We took the train from the city, easy trip & not too hard to find. We had a look around the gardens while we waited for our tour to start. Ken was our guide & we had a large group of around 15 but this was fine. A very detailed tour & lovely to be able to see & photograph... More 

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Dandenong, Australia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We took our baby here for a Teddy Bear Picnic. It was a very hot day but inside the gardens it didn't feel so hot. The gardens were lovely to walk around and explore them. We were doing a treasure hunt and even though we had a pram we still managed to get around everywhere that we wanted. The house... More 

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Adelaide
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37 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Three ladies with a few spare hours in Melbourne! Hmm, what to choose? We decided to visit the house Rippon Lea. We caught a train and arrived about fifteen minutes later at the Rippon Lea station from there we walked for about 6 minutes to the Historic House. The extensive, well maintained gardens are cool, elegant and quite delightful l.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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94 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Gardens are lovely go & take children or grandchildren for the Easter Egg Hunt. There is a petting zoo, lots of food & music for these occasions and if its raining go & visit the beautiful historic & lovingly preserved house.

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Butler, Pennsylvania
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49 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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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
22 helpful votes 22 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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245 attraction reviews
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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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