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Address: Carlton Gardens | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 8341 7777
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Description: The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the world's oldest remaining...
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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What a wonderful old building this is, a true icon in Melbourne and well worth a visit. It's right near the museum and in a great gardens area, a photographers dream spot

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

What a wonderful old building this is, a true icon in Melbourne and well worth a visit. It's right near the museum and in a great gardens area, a photographers dream spot

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I've been here twice and both were in winter. Carlton Gardens is in Melbourne city. You can catch it by free circle tram, stop at Spring St. This garden is a great place for prewedding photoshoot as well. The Royal Exhibition Building makes the garden more beautiful and gives fairytale effect.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

There's not a lot to see in there (I guess I was expecting more sections to explore/see). Though it's beautiful inside but it's pretty much limited to just one big hall. The guided tour explained some of the history and motifs you see on the walls/ceiling and that's about it. The tour starts at 2pm (only once a day) and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

Attending a Foodservice Trade Show at the venue and was expecting to see all of the stands and products. Whilst these were very good, I was gobsmacked by the beauty of this place. I have lived in Melbourne all of my life but have never really appreciated this place and architecture. Well worth a visit. I might do a tour... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Carlton Gardens is a beautiful place. We do visit quite often. One of the times we visited we spent quite a while taking photos of the gardens and with the fountain. On other visits we lie down in the grass and have a snooze or read the paper. On other occasions, we try feeding the ducks. On the other side... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

From the outside, the Royal Exhibition Building looks lovely. I would love to see the inside one day. The Carlton Gardens are also gorgeous, and great for a stroll.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Coming from a city that has little of its historical Architecture left, I found the old exhibition building at the Carlton Gardens amazing. I would definitely recommend including this in your tour of the Melbourne CDB.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I'd heard little about this building or the tour (the only way inside) but wanted to have a look at a building that had so much historical significance. So, I went without preconceived expectations. It's likely, especially as an Aussie, you'll be more than surprised. This building of striking achtitectural beauty is, if anything, even more beautiful on the inside.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

my oarents and I toured Melbourne for several days. in one of our trips, we drop by this area and it was huge... the fountain was marvelous and the area is surrounded by a garden where we decided to have a picnic and have our lunch!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This building is wonderful to visit and is a great walk. Each time I get the opportunity to visit elbourne we enjoy a walk around the gardens to visit this spot.

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