We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Parliament House of Victoria

Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9651 8911
Improve this listing
Ranked #85 of 207 Attractions in Melbourne
Book Now

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
Write a Review

79 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    25
    44
    7
    1
    2
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Manila, Philippines
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dunedin, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
91 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
LaPlace, Louisiana
Top Contributor
183 reviews 183 reviews
101 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tucson, Arizona
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
1,361 reviews 1,361 reviews
1,184 attraction reviews
545 helpful votes 545 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
30 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
42 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Parliament House of Victoria also viewed

 
Melbourne, Victoria
 

Been to Parliament House of Victoria? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Parliament House of Victoria, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing