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Parliament House of Victoria

Address: Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9651 8911
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Private Tour: Melbourne City Discovery
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Ranked #54 of 172 Attractions in Melbourne
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Victoria's Parliament House is one of Australia's oldest and most...
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Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: 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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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The guided tour is free and I found it very interesting, I learned many new things about the history of the country, Victoria, and the building itself, interiors are quite beautiful. Just be mindful that you need to be at the gate 15 minutes prior listed start of the tour, it is not written anywhere on the sign and I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 via mobile

Good news first, the tours are free, very informative, the building was built with the proceeds from the gold rush and is beautiful. Tourists get to see both chambers and other impressive rooms. The challenges:- 1. The security guys have little idea about opening times. 2. The guide let 3 small children join the tour, then berated the parents when... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

When the Parliament House of Victoria was built, Melbourne was one of the richest cities in the world. They wanted a building that said "we are marvellous" and the buildIng was the Parliament of Victoria. It is one of the world's great buildings of the Victorian era. And in Queen's Hall is a statue of the monarch herself, Queen Victoria.... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The building interior and exterior are amazing, well preserved and rich decorated. There a many guided tour times available every day. It is a 40 min free guided tour, where they take you to the legislative chambers and give you interesting information regarding how the Parliament works, the building itself and its history. Our tour guide (Tony) was a passionate... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Have been to Melbourne on many occasions but never been on this tour. This is a must and all free. Pedro was our guide and enthusiastically passed on his knowledge of this beautiful building. The gold decor has to be seen to be believed. A heritage left to Melbourne from the gold rush period. Another time will book for afternoon... More 

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Taguig City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Tour inside the Parliament House must be experienced by either tourists or locals. Given that the tour is FREE and almost hourly schedules are available - there is no excuse not to include in one's itinerary. Joining the tour is an experience. Choose the 1hour tour NOT the express. There you'll be able to enjoy sitting on both senate and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Free Tours Monday to Fridays 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am 1.00pm 2.30pm, 3.30 and 4pm, Check the web site as if parliament is sitting the tours may not run,( web site parliament.vic.gov.au) Zenny was the guide for the tour we did, she we very informative, great knowledge of the building, the architecture, the History and how the parliamentary system works. You can... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Our Parliament's architecture celebrates the abundance of wealth flowing through our city from the 1850's gold rush. A line of majestic pillars celebrate our achievement, whilst set into the paved flooring of the vestibule is the admonishion, that wisdom is found through the counsel of many. The more than 150 year old furniture and fitting in its chambers and various... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

A visit to see Parliament House is worthwhile. The interior is spectacular. We chose a week when Parliament was not sitting so we could get the most out of a tour. It was a little disappointing though as we were not able to walk on to the floor of the Legislative Council or Legislative Assembly rooms to take photos –... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The Parliament House of Victoria is indeed a very beautiful building with its Victorian-era style of architectural design. The building is grand (and at night it is also nicely lighten giving a beam) and many countries that were once British colonies, have similar designed buildings in their cities. Singapore is no exception too. We were here on a Saturday morning,... More 

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