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Rippon Lea House & Gardens

192 Hotham St | Elsternwick, Melbourne, Victoria 3185, Australia
03 9523 6095
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Ranked #48 of 210 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
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Melbourne, Australia
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120 reviews 120 reviews
71 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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7 attraction reviews
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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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14 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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4 attraction reviews
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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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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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149 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 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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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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5 attraction reviews
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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
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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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