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Parliament House of Victoria

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Address: Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9651 8911
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8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Description: Victoria's Parliament House is one of Australia's oldest and most...
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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Beautiful Parliament

Historical building along the spring street. Next to few historical building like Windsor hotel and treasury building. Quite big and Majestic!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The tour is free and there is no need to book. Our guide was very engaging and spent time talking to each of us about where we were from, and then related what he was telling us about the Victorian Parliament to our own country's parliamentary system.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Historical building along the spring street. Next to few historical building like Windsor hotel and treasury building. Quite big and Majestic!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This tour was surprisingly good, we had a brilliant guide who made the tour really engaging and entertaining, we learned a lot and had a great afternoon.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We went on one of the full tours of Parliament (there are express tours too). We wanted to learn more about how the state Parliament functions and about the history of the building. The guide knew some history but seemed very uneasy explaining anything regarding parliamentary process. When members of the group asked questions she told them off and told... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This was a fascinating tour with a knowledgeable and friendly guide. No need to book and the tour is free, Arrive 10 minutes before the tour time to get through security. There are toilets and a small gift shop to use before the tour starts. The guide encouraged photos and the beautiful ornate rooms were certainly worth capturing. This was... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Victoria's Parliament House was built from the proceeds of goldrushes and opened in the 1890s, when Victoria was the richest place in the world. Evidence of this wealth is apparent throughout this magnificent building, with stunning woodwork, majestic ornate plasterwork and extensive gilt details throughout this gem of Melbourne's architectectural heritage! Millions of pounds were expended on fixtures and fittings,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

If you want to see how Melbourne spent during the gold rush then this is probably the building that ha the most history. It's lavish halls and corridors all have gold that glitters. Yes it's not gold paint but gold leaf. A magnificent visual.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Beautiful afternoon to visit for open day. Gorgeous interior. Very well organised. Kids got a show bag, lovely touch.

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I had never been here before and when an Open Day arrived, I was happy ! It is a lovely old building with a lot of charm. It is in beautiful condition and a credit to the State. I would go again and again and wonder the halls and the chambers. Modelled on the English House of Commons and House... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

45 minute tour of the lower and upper house, central hall and a quick peek at the library. The halls themselves were very beautiful and ornately decorated, and the library was spectacular but I’d have liked to stay a bit longer and have a better look. Our tour guide was a bit inpatient and while I could empathize since we... More 

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