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Rippon Lea House & Gardens

192 Hotham St | Elsternwick, Melbourne, Victoria 3185, Australia
03 9523 6095
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Ranked #39 of 208 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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306 reviews 306 reviews
148 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Compared to a country house in England, this house wasn't very impressive and neither were the gardens. Not particularly eye-catching and a little boring really. The gardens didn't help to justify the $15 entry fee. A fernary and a small lake with a weird man standing in it are the only things worth seeing. Not worth the trip out of... More

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Seattle, Washington
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333 attraction reviews
314 helpful votes 314 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I didn’t realize how large this estate was and really wished I had arrived earlier to spend more time there before closing time. I visited the exhibit and therefore wasn’t able to see the entire house (only the exhibition area was accessible) but it seemed that it was well maintained and in really great condition when compared to the Como... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I have lived inMelbourne all my life, just a few suburbs away from Rippon Lea, and had never been there. My loss. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the mansion and gardens. The mansion is beautiful although a little rundown but that simply adds to it's charm. The gardens and lake are gorgeous. I had a quick look for... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Rippon Lea House is owned by the national trust. It is a beautiful stately mansion in the south of Melbourne. Nearest train station is either Ripponlea or Elsternwick. It is open daily 10-4pm and costs just $15. You have to join a guided tour for the house, on which you will learn about the Sargood family who lived a privileged... More

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Adelaide, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Stunning gardens to explore with some wonderful views at the top of the hill. You feel like a you a long way from anybody, but are actually still close to the city. The mansion tour is very interesting and informative with a great insight into the not just the history of the home, but the times as well.

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

An amazing collection of plants and trees, the Fernery is stunning. Some amazing mature trees, lovely little walks into the depths of the various areas. Good picnic sites and lovely lake area. The view form the loft on the hill is lovely.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The entrance is via a small gate house, where you can buy small potted flowers/verges, park tickets, souvenirs and yummy coffee, also the staffs are very friendly. The mansion is a must visit, there seems to be guided tours every 30 minutes (need to buy the ticket at gatehouse), which will take you through the entire building, many interesting history... More

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South Florida, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

I love this place as I had my wedding reception here 23 years ago. My family and American family still say it is the best wedding they have ever been to all these years later. The gardens and home are everything a new bride would ever want to have to make her special day so memorable. Such historical meaning in... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We had a very knowledgeable guide who did not rush us too much. Overall though the house and gardens seemed very tired and sad. In urgent need of some good gardeners. A seating alcove at the edge of the swimming pool had many paper towels on the ground, despite a function about to commence around it. Have always wanted to... More

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Los Angeles, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I took my nieces to the Sunday afternoon music event. It was a beautiful day and the staff were lovely! We went to the back lawn and had a picnic, listened to some live music (Justine Jones and the hamond B band). The girls and I had fun trying to play the game croquet that was provided free by the... More

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