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“Hidden Gem of Melbourne's Tourist Trail”

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 March 24, 2013

I was astonished to find I was the only person on my tour of the grand, massive building that houses the Parliament of Victoria right in the heart of the city. The interiors are lavish and the tour takes you on a good look at the building's most important parts: the Queen's Hall, the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. The guides all work for each House of Parliament and provide unrivaled insights and stories that enhance the experience of admiring the lavish interiors and rich history of the building. Make sure you get a good look at the opulent Legislative Council chamber: it is so beautiful I could have sat on the comfy benches and looked at it all day. Shame there is no gift shop.

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ToursCoordinator, Manager at Parliament House of Victoria, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2013

We appreciate you taking the time to post a review, and we are very pleased that you enjoyed both the tour and the building. We are delighted to announce that we have recently opened our gift shop, (sorry that it had not opened at the time of your visit) so next time you are in Melbourne, please feel free to come in and have a browse!

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We took a free tour of the Parliment building. The guide was great and inside the building is fantastic. As it was not a Parliment sitting day we were able to spend time in both houses, the library and peak at the dining room. The building looks very much a building in europe and is well maintained. The tour takes about 90 minutes and you will also learn a little about the Victorian history.

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

It is in a commanding position. The surrouinding gardens are lovely. Lots of State history, cool in summer, cold in winter.

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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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