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Elizabeth Bay House

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7 Onslow Ave | Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
+61 2 9356 3022
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Beautiful Design

Viewed Elizabeth Bay House as part of working our way through the living museum properties. A truly... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
VicnJen67
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Morrinsville, New Zealand
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We were the first tourists to enter this home on that day. A guide was ready to guide us in this... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2018
Robby G C
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Toronto, Canada
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With commanding views over Sydney Harbour, Elizabeth Bay House gleams like a Greek temple. Once surrounded by famous landscaped gardens, it is one of the most splendid private houses ever built in Australia and still arouses our delight and astonishment. Its elegant rooms and fine proportions, sweeping staircase and lavish furnishings reveal the tastes and aspirations of its original owner, Alexander Macleay, after the governor, the most important public official in colonial Sydney. But it was his magnificent gardens which most keenly expressed his tastes and passions, and in the economic downturn of the 1840s pushed him towards ruin. Elizabeth Bay House is an iconic Sydney home, with an iconic Sydney back-story of obsession for property and position stretched beyond means and undone by changing financial times. Explore the house on your own or ask for a guided tour. Note that if you are making a special trip for a guided tour, please call to ensure there is a guide available.
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7 Onslow Ave | Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Viewed Elizabeth Bay House as part of working our way through the living museum properties. A truly stunning house by design and construction. The dome in the main atrium is perfect. The tragedy in the story of the history of the house is magnified by...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

We were the first tourists to enter this home on that day. A guide was ready to guide us in this lovely home. He knew his stuff and what he said was very interesting. This is the home of Alexander Macleay, built between 1835 and...More

Thank Robby G C
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

We were staying in Potts Point and decided to visit Elizabeth Bay House. After paying our entry fee we were offered a free guided tour for the two of us. During the next 45 minutes we received an engaging and knowledgeable description of the house’s...More

Thank CharlesDP
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

I was brought here by my gps while geocaching in the area of my hotel up the hill. The cache is near the fish pool, with many large colourful koi. The view is nice from here as well. Glad I was brought here by geocaching.

Thank garywing
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Elizabeth Bay House is the most elegant house in Australia. The simple elegant building contains a cool elegant interior, that they have worked hard to convey the feel of when this gem was first built. The situation of this house is stunning, I visited with...More

Thank Nicholas W
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

My family and I visited Elizabeth Bay House and found a real treat - the architecture was really beautiful and furnishings from the era gave a good sense of living in the 1800s. The staff were very helpful providing lots of information that complimented the...More

1  Thank melissasB3230ZJ
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

Well maintained, easy access by public transport, the interesting guided tour is highly recommended. Combine with a visit to Kings Cross market or before a show at Hayes Theater.

2  Thank FridayOnMyMindSydney
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

Why are these wonderful houses only open at weekends. Rubbiish if your a visitor how can you add more details when this house is only open at weekend .wake Aus.

1  Thank 43ken
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

This is worth visiting if you have a Sydney Museum pass. There is an 18 minutes orientation film which actually tells you all about the house. We did find the house very hot as the windows were not open.

2  Thank Christine T
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

I arrived in Sydney on a Sunday, and this was the first place I visited. Well worth it! If you are interested in architecture and history, this is a wonderful museum to visit.

2  Thank JBoice
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Tahlee02
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Response from TrueBrit_10 | Reviewed this property |
Probably in the road outside plenty of room when we were there in February though it was midweek.
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Thisura W
2 August 2016|
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Response from TrueBrit_10 | Reviewed this property |
Quite a choice Government House is very accessible in The Botanic Gardens but take ID to be allowed in and it is free. Vaucluse House is very interesting as is Elizabeth House though the latter is rather tired as the... More
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