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Parliament House of Victoria

Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9651 8911
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Ranked #78 of 204 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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LaPlace, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Beautiful Victorian Architecture, a public gallery where you can watch proceedings when Parliament is in session. The Upper House is more ornate than the Lower, but the detailed work of both is a joy to discover. Tour guides tell you the history of the building, how Parliament works, and share bits of info on Parliament members through the years. The... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Cannot say much since it seems the building has no public entry... I might be wrong. In either case, looks pretty cool from the outside but that is it

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The monumental Parliament building sits at the end of Bourke St. I was Australia's parliament from Federation in 1901 until the move to Canberra in 1927. The building dates back to 1858 and was originally intended to have a huge dome. Free tours are available hourly from 9.30am, weekdays only. You are allowed to take photos but have to pass... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

When I climbed the steps and was coldly welcommed by security , my tour started, It was cold , eerie and depressing. Very dulll buildinng with not much design. I would reccomend if you want to worry about political worries. Really I would not go there as a tour as it is rather depressing

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Parliament House Melbourne is one of the rare free attractions left in Melbourne and well worth a visit. You can see both houses-The House of Assembly and Legislative Council. The chambers are in green and red colour and very heritage and nice. You also get a free booklet on Parliament House and the tour is well worthwhile

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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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