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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

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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A very fine Parliament

We took the short tour at 4pm and were given a very impressive introduction to a very fine parliament. Much emphasis on the grandeur of the place as it was built on the back of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Canberra, Australia

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Took a tour (free) that was so worthwhile. Be prepared for a security check and if you have an umbrella it will be held for your retrieval on departure - it's easy to forget as your other possessions (jackets, handbags etc are locked in a locker). Cameras are allowed. Check before you go if it is a sitting day as... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the 4 pm parliament tour is 20 minutes long- run in, take photos and run out. Our tour guide gave very little information, refused to answer some questions and was generally not interested in being there- which may sound like a complaint but actually is a compliment coming from me. I don't need to know all of the history behind... More 

Thank scottestill
Shropshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You need to join one of the small guided tours to visit the Victorian Parliament building. These do not happen every day, so take the opportunity if one coincides with your visit to Melbourne, if you have any interest in political history. The building itself is most impressive, especially the two main chambers, and the library. Our guide (Martin) was... More 

Thank Nolabola
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the short tour at 4pm and were given a very impressive introduction to a very fine parliament. Much emphasis on the grandeur of the place as it was built on the back of Victoria's gold rush. The two debating chambers, the library and dining room, the main hall: all designed to display success and authority (and privilege). Our... More 

Thank GeoffRandal
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tour of Parliament House is free and well worth it. They are mainly conducted on non-sitting days and take about 40-50 minutes. You get to view both houses and the guide provides you with some very interesting information. If High Tea is your thing, then we'd recommend doing the Corridor High Tea as well. It costs $38 - $44... More 

Thank Michael T
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

If you are in Melbourne on a weekend, or on a weekday when Victoria's state parliament is sitting, you will not be able to take a tour of the interior of Parliament House. However it is worthwhile to have a look at this handsome neoclassical building from the outside. You should stand well back from the west-facing facade to get... More 

Thank Alys-Schatzi
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

A wonderful building and well worth visiting. Ceilings and Waterford chandeliers are stunning. The library is absolutely beautiful with wonderful fireplaces, gold leaf work and a joy to view. The gift shop had some great gifts for both children and adults at affordable cost. Jump on a tram in Collins or Bourke Street to Spring St. It falls within travel... More 

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Irving, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I didn't have high hopes for this but was pleasantly surprised. Our tour guide Pablo(highly recommended) provided a wonderful brief look into the Australia government's inner workings. You'll see both houses of government which make for great photos. The 1 o'clock tour is an express one and I wish I'd taken the longer one with Pablo as he reminded me... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Interesting building with period decorations. Tour explains workings of provincial government. Perhaps more meaningful to Australians than to foreign visitors. Tour guides vary in knowledge and ability.

Thank peter t
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

If you enjoy at bit of political history and architecture, the free guided tour gives both. They've tried to keep the building itself as close as they could to its original state and have done some impressive restoration work along the way.

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