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Royal Exhibition Building

Carlton Gardens | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Carlton)
+61 3 8341 7777
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Melbourne City Sights Morning Tour with Optional...
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Ranked #30 of 161 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Gardens, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
Owner description: The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the world's oldest remaining...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Gardens, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
Owner description: The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the world's oldest remaining exhibition pavilions. On 1 July 2004, it became the first building in Australia to achieve a World Heritage listing. Located in Carlton Gardens, the pavilion was originally completed in 1880 for the first of two international fairs hosted by Melbourne. On May 1st, 1901, the initial Commonwealth Parliament was held here, an event commemorated in 2001, the centenary of Australian Federation. Today, with its meticulously restored interior, expansive galleries and soaring dome, the Great Hall offers an impressive setting for trade shows, fairs and cultural and community events.
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Kettering, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

One of the truly grand buildings in Melbourne, We visited to attend "Motorclassica 2014" (which is by far the best motor vehicle enthusiasts show in Australia). The architecture is amazing and the grounds are sensational. Next time we will definitely do a tour to appreciate this grand building in its own right.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I visited this building as part of the flower show to practice my photography skills and got a great surprise when I entered the building! Such history, the nooks and crannies and windows when the sun hits just amazing! This building gives the feel of a simpler time and takes you back. If you go during flower show time you... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I first visited this grand old building 50 years ago. Time had taken its toll on her and her walls were covered in grey paint inside and out. Her real grandeur lost and forgotten by many. Unlike many buildings and relics from Melbourne's "Golden Years" she has been rediscovered and restored to her former glory and know stands in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Wow, what a beautiful building. We didn't even know about this until we came across the finders keepers markets one Friday night while on holiday. Such a beautiful venue, and beautiful atmosphere.

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Stunning venue, timeless atmosphere for this event. Really slick organisation, not too crowded. Very interesting speakers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 via mobile

what a great place, beautiful building, huge indoor space, multi level beauty. Good parking although a tad expensive. Could have had more or better set up of food service hence the 4 not 5 star rating from me. No matter the display it is well worth the visit.

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New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I viewed the exterior of this building 20 years ago and finally came back to tour the inside. It lived up to all my expectations and is arguably the most spectacular building in Australia.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The exhibition building and surrounding gardens was only a short walk from my accommodation and although I could not get into the building, from the outside it was a magnificent architectural structure with the surrounding gardens a great place to meander with spectacular views back to the city .A place to relax and de-stress in a busy city.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Spent a wonderful day at the annual Melbourne Flower and Garden Show, and part of the show was exhibited in the Royal Exhibition Building I hadn't been in this building for well over 20 years, and had forgotten just how splendid this place was. This is a wonderful world class showpiece of 19th century architecture......superbly maintained......and a true asset to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The Exhibition Building's architecture and murals were better than the art show. Worth taking a tour and visiting the museum and Imax theatre next door.

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