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Rippon Lea

192 Hotham St, Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria 3185, Australia
+61 3 9523 6095
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192 Hotham St, Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria 3185, Australia
+61 3 9523 6095
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The gardens were superb in the spring sunshine; the informative introduction by co-ordinator Matt set the tone for our visit. Our guide on the tour of the mansion (Christine) was enthusiastic and erudite and brought the history to life; what a treasure are these volunteers!...More

Thank Eileen W
RipponLeaEstate, Manager at Rippon Lea, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Rippon Lea. The volunteers of the National Trust of Victoria allow us to bring to life the amazing history of the the houses and properties in our care, allowing us to show and talk about these amazing...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely afternoon in the spring sunshine with my young children and mother in law visiting from the UK. The house tour guide was great with the kids, they loved the children's garden and exploring all the lookouts, seeking out eels in the...More

Thank Michelle T
RipponLeaEstate, General Manager at Rippon Lea, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are glad that you enjoyed the house and gardens on your visit and the children had a great time. We will take your comments on board and ensure that we have a selection of gluten free options in the future. We will also investigate...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated on beatiful grounds, this home is a dazzeling look at what the early good life was like in Victoria. Tour was just the right length and full of information about the home. Allow at least 2 hours to take this in

Thank Robert T
RipponLeaEstate, General Manager at Rippon Lea, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write your review! The National Trust cares for and maintains exceptional and beautiful houses, grounds and buildings and we welcome the chance to show them to visitors both in Australia and overseas visitors.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been to Rippon Lea previously to see the amazing costume exhibitions they've held and loved it every time. We decided to go back yesterday to see the beautiful mansion now that the exhibition was over and take a guided tour. So glad we...More

1  Thank GraceKellyTravels
RipponLeaEstate, General Manager at Rippon Lea, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write such an informative review. We are glad that your time gave you enough time to explore the grounds and have a tour of the house with one of our volunteers. We hope that you return soon.

Reviewed September 5, 2017

Everyone should visit this beautiful property at least once It is an amazing part of our history. Plan at least a few hours to see the house and the gardens.

1  Thank Christopher T
Reviewed July 30, 2017 via mobile

Oh what a waste! Shame on the National Trust for running this place into the ground, the gardens urgently need some colour and pizazz and I saw not one staff member wondering around. The cafe was dismal and my son and I were quite shocked...More

2  Thank CocktailsAtSunset
Management response:Responded August 1, 2017

Hi There, The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) values all feedback and we thank you for bringing these items to our attention. We strive to deliver the best visitor experience we can and on this occasion we recognise this may have fallen short of your...More

Reviewed July 27, 2017

We drove past here so many times and finally got there for a day. What a pleasure to hear all the Melbourne history relatated to ripponlea. Absolutely brilliant and worth every moment and cent. We ended up buying the book as it was so interesting...More

1  Thank beardedsleeper
Reviewed July 20, 2017

We had a delightful afternoon in the gardens and the exhibition was beautiful. Don't hesitate to stop by the tea rooms. We had a hot chocolate by the fire with delicious warm scones. Very friendly staff and unique atmosphere. Warmly recommended!

1  Thank 861alicelouise
Reviewed July 14, 2017 via mobile

The house and gardens are spectacular and worth a visit. The cafe though, is not worth a visit. Ridiculously slow service and unprofessional, unfriendly staff. Over priced for a cold meat pie ($8.50). Don't bother. We noticed that most tables had leftover food on them....More

1  Thank Lyndylou18
Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

Had time to spare and took the kids. They enjoyed running around in the gardens and exploring the paths. The plants and really nice. Great to have a picnic on a nice day with friends.

1  Thank Christopher D
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September 13, 2017|
Response from RipponLeaEstate | Property representative |
Hi There, Guided tours of the beautiful mansion run throughout the day starting at 10.30am, subject to volunteer guide availability. From September 27, we will also be offering tours of the stunning 14 acre gardens every... More
September 13, 2017|
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Response from Traveller88Melbourne | Reviewed this property |
Visit their website and click on 'Visit & Contact'. You will find tour details, opening hours, cost etc. It does say 'subject to volunteer availability'. So if you are travelling from afar - email or contact them first to be... More
February 24, 2016|
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Response from Kay A | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I certainly did not see any but there is no way they would be allowed in the house as it is full of beautiful displays and furniture. The grounds too are very well cared for so I doubt it. Not all dog owners would take... More