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“Really good work from the national trust” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rippon Lea House & Gardens

Rippon Lea House & Gardens
192 Hotham St | Elsternwick, Melbourne, Victoria 3185, Australia
03 9523 6095
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Ranked #68 of 491 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Really good work from the national trust”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

It was a worthwhile trip out from Melbourne CBD to visit Rippon Lea, a beautifully maintained old mansion in suburban Melbourne. For the $12 admission cost you will get a tour of the house by a national trust volunteer which is informative and relaxed. The house is beautifully maintained with some original pieces and some copies which are representative of the style of the era. The servants quarters downstairs are musty and cramped and certainly give you the feeling of the "upstairs/downstairs" attitude of the era. The gardens are well cared for. The mansion grounds also house the largest undercover fernery in the world (according to their brochure). It is quite impressive. It is easy to get to from Melbourne. You go to Flinders Station. Get on the train that is going to Sandringham and get off at Rippon Lea station (takes about 10 minutes). It is only a 3 minute walk from the station. Probably best to print out a Google direction map from Rippon Lea Station to the house before you go because it is a very quiet suburban area and not a lot of people out to ask for directions (on a Sunday anyway). There is a rudimentary cafe with soft drinks and coffee on sale at the grounds.

Visited December 2012
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“Beautiful grounds and a real blast from the past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

My partner brought me here for a birthday. I thought the grounds were beautiful and the house was/is a museum. Well worth a visit and the admission fee. Bring a picnic, lovely on a sunny spring or summers day.

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“Just as I remembered”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Beautiful historic home and gardens. Allow around and hour for the tour of the house, and extra time to explore and gorgeous gardens and lake. I visited this estate as a child and loved it then and after returning many years later I appreciated things I didn't as a child. Stunning place to take photos.

Visited October 2012
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“theatre in the gardens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

the gardens are a beautiful . I sat one night and watched a theatre production under the beautiful star filled sky with my picnic dinner and good friends. It was a perfect setting. A very enjoyable evening.

Visited March 2012
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“A little Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We love the wonderful gardens of Ripponlea. Each year it is a family ritual to attend the events in the gardens by the various theatre companies. We always attend Alice in Wonderland and find it fantastic each year. It is the highlight of our summer. Lady chatterly's lover is also good to see in the evenings, however best to leave the children at home for this one.

The mansion is divine and the glasshouse etc is lovely. I can only think about how wonderful it would to hold your wedding here. Magnificient.

Visited November 2012
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