Old Government House

Old Government House, Parramatta

Old Government House
4.5
Historic Sites • Government Buildings
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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L6659PUjohnk
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
Go back in time in Parramatta
Jun 2021 • Couples
We were given a very informative and interesting tour by our guide Deb. The building was well preserved and really worth the trip. Also enjoyed a lovely walk around Parramatta Park and along the river walk.
Written June 5, 2021
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Serena Travasso
Parramatta, Australia10 contributions
Expensive meal
Nov 2020
The atmosphere and service is good. But the meals are quite expensive. It's great to just have a salad and a glass of wine or entree and a drink.
Written November 14, 2020
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UrbanPixel
Horton-in-Ribblesdale, UK70 contributions
What do they do with ticket prices?
Mar 2020
The historicity of this building is in real peril of becoming irrelevant as the upkeep and beauty is not maintained. Trust must take all the gate intake and flush it down somewhere else.
Written March 9, 2020
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geographyguy_11
Brisbane, Queensland517 contributions
Must visit Australia's oldest building
Jan 2020
Visiting Australia's oldest public building was a bucket list item for me and my visit to Old Government House was very nice. It is a bit confusing because you have to buy tickets at the back then walk around the front to enter. Nevertheless, inside is like walking back in time as you go through the dining room, drawing room, breakfast room and bedroom which feel like their 19th century occupants are going to come back in at any moment. Upstairs is an exhibition about the wives of the early NSW Governors and other women involved in the House's history which was OK. It is not a huge building but one of massive historical significance so I would heartily recommend making time to come out to Parramatta and see it. An hour is more than enough for a visit of the rooms that are open. My one issue was that I was not offered a discounted joint ticket to go and visit the Experiment Farm Cottage later on as this would have saved me a few dollars. It is also quite a walk from Parramatta station in hot weather so bring plenty of water.
Written February 23, 2020
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Tp C
Sydney, Australia28 contributions
Baby Shower high tea
Mar 2019 • Friends
For ambience with a difference The Government House is a nice setting for the baby shower we gave for a workmate. A bit pricey but the High Tea goodies as well as wine that was included was delightful.
Written February 12, 2020
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RonWamberal
Sydney, Australia13,264 contributions
Excellent example of the areas history
Jan 2020
As others say, Parramatta is not a very pretty place so this is a highlight but what Parramatta has is history, one of the first settlements and this shows one of the better examples of that history.
Easy to see, very close to the main streets.
Written January 18, 2020
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Jess
Northmead, Australia370 contributions
Nice place to visit
Dec 2019 • Business
Have visited here a view times and it’s always lovely to walk around and enjoy the history and the old building. Would not recommend on a very hot day
Written December 19, 2019
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hogiebear33
Adelaide, Australia643 contributions
Nice spot in a plain neighbourhood
Dec 2019
You won't find much that's pretty in Parramatta, and this is ironically almost right next door to the ugly rugby stadium. Nice old buildings well kept, and a nice spot for a business venue, albeit in a tent!
Written December 16, 2019
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Andy S
Melbourne, Australia86 contributions
The oldest public building in Australia
Nov 2019
Run by the National Trust this is a truly historic spot to visit. The guided tour was very informative as was the self-directed component. Lots of facts about the first ten Governors of NSW who all used this building to some extent.
Written November 30, 2019
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Kirkcaldylad
North Lanarkshire, UK1,701 contributions
Another National Trust managed property well presented.
Nov 2019 • Couples
This is a very significant building in the history of early Sydney and Parramatta and it is well restored to some of its former glory as it has been in the past many things, boarding school, flats, etc but it was Government House that it made its mark. The volunteers are wonderful! They are so helpful and so informed. After you knock on the front door, you are welcomed and sat down in the hall for a fascinating and short history. Then you are left to wander but there are volunteers to answer questions. The ground floor is laid out and furnished as it was in th early 1800s. Upstairs is devoted to exhibitions and at present it is about women of influence including Governors’ wives. Most interesting place and worth the hassle of getting there. The park is also beautiful.
Written November 13, 2019
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Old Government House is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM