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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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Amazing historic suburban mansion and garden.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Gregory D
New Lambton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Gregory D
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

2 Thank AllyJaneJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1 Thank Charmaine S
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Neville B
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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.

1 Thank Sue H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Attending the wonderful Dressmaker expo we made a delightful debut at Rippon Lea. We commuted and it's a flat easy walk from the station and you enter via gift shop but tickets purchased at the mansion which is a little bit of a diversion but allows for a toilet stop. Attending for a friend's b'day we ate before entering mansion/exhibition.... More 

1 Thank joancollins69
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Ripponlea is a beautiful National Trust property to visit at any time. A display of the beautiful dresses and hats from the movie - The Dressmaker - absolutely stunning. Enjoy morning tea or lunch in the pop up cafe after.

Thank Jude H

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