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Rippon Lea House & Gardens

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Address: 192 Hotham St, Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria 3185, Australia
Phone Number: 03 9523 6095
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Magnificent house in amazing grounds. A Melbourne must see.

Visited here recently when a costume exhibition from the movie. "The Dressmaker" was held within the house. Whilst a truly impressive exhibition I think it detracted from the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

On a rainy January morning we set off to RipponLea. Our Gps had fun misdirecting us but we did eventually reach our destination. Parking is at a premium but we did find street parking not too far away. Nice coffee in the gatehouse before heading up to the house for tour. All in all I would say some very interesting... More 

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Newcastle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited here recently when a costume exhibition from the movie. "The Dressmaker" was held within the house. Whilst a truly impressive exhibition I think it detracted from the historical character of the house. The charm and features of the house were subjugated to the spectacular nature of the costumes. Hard to differentiate between the guides/volunteers associated with the house and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this National Trust property first 15 years ago, so were due for another visit, this time with friends. As it turned out, it was the last few days of "The Dressmaker" costumes exhibition. Probably not as exciting to me and my friend, even though we think we are SNAGs, but my wife and his wife were entranced( the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

If you loved the film 'The Dressmaker' you need to visit Rippon Lea house to see the exhibition full of the gorgeous costumes worn by Kate Winslet and the cast. The exhibition has been well put together and is great value at $20 per adult (National Trust members $17). Make sure you take some time stroll around the beautiful gardens... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

The exhibition was quite small a little bit disappointed Compared with the Miss Fisher Exhibition The lunch was lovely more then enough to eat The grounds are the icing on the cake The gardens are spectacular and quite breath taking Worth the stroll around

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

We went to Rippon Lea to see the Dressmaker collection. The exhibition was awesome and the house was the perfect place to host it. After seeing the exhibition we had afternoon tea in the tea rooms and then spent at least an hour enjoying the magnificent garden. There are great places to sit and admire the views plus a lookout... More 

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Canberra
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

We went to see the Dressmaker (book and movie) gowns on display there. However, there's good reason to go to Ripponlea Gardens for their intrinsic historical value. It's a fascinating insight into a different life in Victoria - the good side and the bad. Do buy the book that tells the whole tale, and seek guidance from the helpful and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed afternoon tea with three generations of the family. The dining room and settings were lovely. The mismatched crockery, table pieces and decorations were s great talking point. Our tea was served from a large tea pot which is unusual and worth the extra effort from the kitchen. The sweet treats were delightful.

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Berwick, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Have not been to Rippon Lea for at least 30 years. It is a beautiful spot to stroll through the gardens even during the winter months. It is free which is a bonus when so many venues charge you. Whilst there I attended the dressmaker exhibition which was marvellous. The cafe was very busy with a waiting list so did... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

What a beautiful venue to display the costumes worn in 'The Dressmaker'. If you've seen the film it's well worth a visit to see this exhibition and take advantage of wandering through this National Trust building. We had devonshire tea served in the converted stables, and the scones and jam were deliscious. Lovely grounds. Highly recommend a visit.

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