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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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Ranked #43 of 212 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Gardens
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... more » 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. « less
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW 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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This showy building was constructed for a nineteenth-century exhibition, and it still functions pretty well for trade shows and other exhibitions open to the public. It's not a sublimely beautiful building, but a handsome, functional one that I'm glad has been preserved, especially as it has been the venue for some important historic events. A guided tour is worthwhile, and... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I have been to the Carlton Gardens which surround the Royal Exhibition Building countless times and I believe this area of Melbourne is one of the finest. The beauty of the architecture is complimented by the stunning gardens, complete with shaded walkways and plenty of lawn to sit on and watch the world go by. A visit to Melbourne is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I didn't go inside because of some University examinations. But we were able to walk around this world heritage site and it is gorgeous.

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