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Parliament House of Victoria
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Owner description: Victoria's Parliament House is one of Australia's oldest and most architecturally distinguished public buildings. It is a working State Parliament, and is also the building where Australia's first Federal Parliament met from 1901 until 1927. Free guided tours are provided on non-sitting days, Monday to Friday, at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:45pm. (Tours for groups of 6 or more are also free, but must be booked in advance) The public galleries in both chambers are open on sitting days for visitors who wish to see Parliament in action. Visitors can book for High Tea or Lunch in Stranger's Corridor during non-sitting weeks.
Reviewed February 1, 2013

Its free, its informative, and, above all, REALLY interesting!!! There are three free tours daily. We caught the one at 2:30PM with a great guide named Richard who showed us both sides of parliament. We even had the opportunity to sit in the chairs used by the Speaker and the leader of the government and the ministers when Parliament is in session (it was not in session when I was there). The history is fascinating. The tour lasted 1 hr, 15 min and was about the right length.

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

I pass Parliament House every day on my way to work, it is a stunning historic building. I went on a tour of the building a couple of years ago which was very interesting, and also partook in the afternoon tea, which was delicious and good value for money. I would recommend a visit.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

A very interesting tour inside Parliament House was spoiled by an over-officious guide. The tour is free and takes you to see both chambers within this fine building. Very much modelled on the UK Houses of Parliament even down to the colour schemes of the upper and lower chambers. Unfortunately our guide was without doubt the most officious and unfriendly person we had come across in our 6-week Australia trip. Photography was allowed and at the start of the tour she advised us if we wanted to take photos and she was speaking just walk away and take them. Sounds great, but even though parliament was not sitting, when we tried to do this in the chamber galleries we were sternly told to sit down. So it was impossible to take a clear photo of the chamber below without other visitors in the way. Several visitors were told to hurry up and not to stay the couple of extra seconds to take a photo after the area had cleared as the tour moved on. She ruined the visit as the building itself is well worth seeing.

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

the Parliament House is a fine 19th century building, never completed, but with a fine facade and set of steps. When parliament is sitting, members of the public can sit in galleries and listen - but not likely to be an activity for many tourists.
But Parliament is in a nice end of town, with a pleasant park to one side, a grand bluestone catholic cathedral behind it. There are some good bars for a glass of wine if you time your trip for say late afternoon.

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Reviewed December 27, 2012

This is a beautiful example of Melboure's old architecture. It's a majestic building that stands out at the top of Bourke street. Well worth seeing.

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