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“Fabulous and quirky”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Block Arcade

Block Arcade
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Half-Day Melbourne City Laneways and Arcades Tour with Queen Victoria Market...
Ranked #10 of 398 things to do in Melbourne
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Voted #8 of 323 things to do and see in Melbourne by Tripadvisor and winning the 2015 Travellers' Choice Award, join us on a personalised guided walk through one of Melbourne's most grand and historic landmarks,The Block Arcade. Built in 1892 and modelled on the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele in Milan, The Block Arcade is a heritage listed shopping arcade situated on Melbourne's Golden Mile and home to the largest mosaic floor in the southern hemisphere, its magnificent glass dome and the iconic Hopetoun Tearooms. Suitable for all ages, a guided walk through the Arcade will take you on a historical journey back to the early days of the Colony and a glimpse into Melbourne's rich and colourful history. Venture upstairs, which is not accessible to the general public, as you view the Arcade from its many windows and causeway. Tours run twice a week on Tuesdays or Thursdays. 11am - 12pm at $15 p/p 2 - 3.30pm at $22 p/p and includes a Devonshire afternoon tea. For groups of more than 8, prior arrangements can be made for alternative times/days.
Asquith, NSW, Australia
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“Fabulous and quirky”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

I love the little specialty shops like second-hand and antiques, interesting bars and eating places.

Visited October 2012
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“A gem in Melbourne”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

For our first visit to Melbourne this arcade was a delight to walk around. We don't seem to have any quaint shops like this in New Zealand any more. It is very mosaic like, the little shops a delight to explore. It makes such a change from sterile malls and is a asset to the city. I can imagine at the hight of summer it would be a really cool place to enjoy a drink in. One of the highlights of our trip.

Visited October 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Do the $9 tour .You get afternoon tea & Haighs . The amazing arcade & history for $9 .The best value 2 hours .

Visited October 2012
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“Old world charm well presented.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Don't miss the tea rooms (worth the wait if they are busy) and Haig's chocolate shop? The downstairs music shop in the ajoining alleyway is also a must for music lovers. Live music acts are free.

Visited September 2012
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Hobart, Australia
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“Interesting place with lots of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

The shops were very interesting and they had lots of character and the atmosphere, was very old world,and there was an interesting diversity of architecture

Visited September 2012
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