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Parliament House of Victoria

Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9651 8911
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Ranked #68 of 190 attractions in Melbourne
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Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Owner description: Victoria's Parliament House is one of Australia's oldest and most architecturally distinguished public buildings. It is a working State Parliament,... more » 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. « less
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Toronto
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

This half hour free guided tour gives a fascinating insight into the state legislature. Interesting to note the many differences between Ontario's (Canada) provincial parliament and that of Victoria -- e.g voting is mandatory for citizens (throughout Oz), and there is an elected senate and parliament. Learn why there is a "wrong footed" statue of Queen Victoria there!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Interesting building, full of great history. Good tour, great for people of all ages. Would recommend for kids 10+. It's an old building, but facilities are okay.

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huahin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Built with the help of the Gold rush and dare I say it taxes this building and the tour is little known in Melbourne but should be on the list of any tourist. You get to sit in the Premiers chair if you wish and hopefully they are cleaned of any muck before you do ha, ha. Would have liked... More

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Bear, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The building itself is a treasure and the guides take you through the history and the political process in a way that makes it interesting and lively. The children on our tour liked being able to sit where the speaker and President of the upper house sit, so they were thrilled as well. If you are fortunate enough to get... More

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Ouyen, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

To get the most out of a visit, go when parliament is sitting. We had an interesting glimpse of the library, the balcony view of St Patrick's Cathedral too - saw question time & the bells ringing for a return for a split vote - all very interesting. Our local members joined us too ... So can be a worthwhile... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This is a really interesting building to visit. The gilt walls in the parliamentary chambers are a testament to Victoria's gold rush. It is a big reminder of Australia's links with Europe and Britain, in the design and architecture. A fascinating historical building, with an interesting story to tell which is related by informative and friendly guides. I loved it.

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Leicestershire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

The free 45 min guided tour is well worth attending as the friendly guide gives a very good overview of how state parliaments function in Australia and the internal architecture of the building is very interesting as well. Numbers for the guided tour are limited and you need to go through modern security arches (as it’s a working building, not... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Really interesting tour of the state parliament. Tour was free which was refreshing and made it well worth doing. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and it was interesting although she was very distracted by some unruly children and kept interrupting to tell them off which was a shame. Worth a visit, if only to see the amount of 24... More

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Wigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This tour is more appropriate for adults than children. You will get to see both houses and learn about the judicial system and role of various members.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Accidentally arrived just in time for a Parliamentary tour and it was fantastic. Yes I am interested in politics but the building itself is a work of art inside. The library in particular is gorgeous and I would love to spend an afternoon just reading in there if I could. Our tour guide Martin was great, energetic and tailored his... More

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