Royal Exhibition Building
Royal Exhibition Building
4.5
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An icon of Melbourne’s history opens its doors to a unique view unseen for 100 years. The guided tour of the Royal Exhibition Building Dome allows visitors to experience spectacular views along with an exhibition that explores the building’s significant history and varied uses over time. With its origins steeped in history, the Royal Exhibition Building was built for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. As a key attraction of the 1880 and 1888 international exhibitions, the Dome Promenade provided visitors a unique opportunity to overlook the gardens and view the Melbourne skyline. On 1 July 2004, it became the first building in Australia to achieve a World Heritage listing. Today, with its meticulously restored interior, expansive galleries and soaring dome, the building – beautiful inside and out – continues to offer an impressive setting for trade shows, fairs and cultural and community events. Don't miss out and visit this true Melbourne's landmark. Bookings essential.
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Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
If you want real parmesan, cut from the block, grated over your pasta with a twist of style, this is the place. Until recently, this neighbourhood was home to the notorious ‘Carlton Crew,’ a pseudo mafia who started their day with a local espresso. They are gone, but the espresso still runs strong in this Little Italy which has something for everyone. Starched white tablecloths, candles, pizza the way they do it "back home" and maybe even a bit of amore. The number of gelato choices will leave you in a state of indecision and wide footpaths, big awnings and a sea of packed tables makes this al fresco dining experience a continental buzz. Even if you’re not eating, it’s worth the stroll just for the people-watching, which, of course, is an Italian tradition.
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,047 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A truly magnificent building
    This building is internationally significant. It is listed by UNESCO because it is one of the few buildings remaining from the great exhibitions in the 19th century. The Royal Exhibition Building is still in regular use, it is truly a magnificent building, showing exquisite craftsmanship that is rarely seen today.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 8 March 2023
  • MosesPH
    1,501 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    UNESCO World Heritage Building
    You can't miss the beauty of this building if you walk in Carlton Gardens. It stands out and you can't stop clicking away on your camera to take photos of this magnificent building and architecture. It is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Building. We didn't get a chance to go inside but found out that that there are 60 minute guided tours available. Would definitely like to do this in the future.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,047 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Building has far outlived its projected lifespan
    The Royal Exhibition Building was in use initially from 1880 and for the Centenary World's Fair in 1888. It is the only historic permanent trade building still in use. The Royal Exhibition building is a marvel that has far outlived. its projected lifespan.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 November 2023
  • Enjoy_the_breeze
    Pacific Coast Australia, Australia1,060 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow! Love this building.
    Amazing building and lots of history I’d never learnt growing up in NSW. It’s a stunning old building of great historical significance and “Matt with a beard” brought it all to life. An excellent tour with lots of information. Matt was pleasant and informative with a wonderful grasp of the history and the significance of this building and Gabriel his 2IC has a friendly helpful attitude which is welcoming. The art work is fascinating. We loved our tour and would highly recommend it to others. Definitely book in advance so you aren’t disappointed as it is very popular.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 November 2023
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Lee S
Australia2,586 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A lovely Heritage building in Carlton Gardens in the heart of Melbourne, the building was built between 1879 to 1880 as an Exhibition building. We could not gain entry to the building, the building looks a little tired & could have a new paint job.
Written 22 February 2024
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Enjoy_the_breeze
Pacific Coast Australia, Australia1,060 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Amazing building and lots of history I’d never learnt growing up in NSW. It’s a stunning old building of great historical significance and “Matt with a beard” brought it all to life. An excellent tour with lots of information. Matt was pleasant and informative with a wonderful grasp of the history and the significance of this building and Gabriel his 2IC has a friendly helpful attitude which is welcoming. The art work is fascinating. We loved our tour and would highly recommend it to others. Definitely book in advance so you aren’t disappointed as it is very popular.
Written 30 November 2023
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Typical-60plus
Calgary, Canada109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
You can’t go in when we were there but nice exterior and grounds. We went to the museum next door and saw it in the way
Written 7 November 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,047 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The Royal Exhibition Building was in use initially from 1880 and for the Centenary World's Fair in 1888. It is the only historic permanent trade building still in use. The Royal Exhibition building is a marvel that has far outlived. its projected lifespan.
Written 5 November 2023
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MosesPH
1,501 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
You can't miss the beauty of this building if you walk in Carlton Gardens. It stands out and you can't stop clicking away on your camera to take photos of this magnificent building and architecture. It is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Building. We didn't get a chance to go inside but found out that that there are 60 minute guided tours available. Would definitely like to do this in the future.
Written 30 September 2023
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katie2055
Melbourne, Australia34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
You must go and see the beautiful gardens kept immaculate praise to the gardeners they do a great job
Written 17 May 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,047 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This building is internationally significant. It is listed by UNESCO because it is one of the few buildings remaining from the great exhibitions in the 19th century. The Royal Exhibition Building is still in regular use, it is truly a magnificent building, showing exquisite craftsmanship that is rarely seen today.
Written 9 March 2023
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Irene F
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Really enjoyed visiting.
Lots to see. Loved seeing phar lap the horse.
Interesting to see how Melbourne has grown over the years.
Written 18 January 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,047 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the few surviving buildings from an era when nations asserted their stature by holding exhibitions of industry and commerce. The Royal Exhibition Building is still used frequently for civic events and commercial exhibitions. Many graduates received their parchments here. The interior is ornate; it is a fine example of 19th century craftsmanship. By the way, the Royal Exhibition Building is heritage listed by UNESCO.
Written 19 November 2022
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Nadia F
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I didn't see a way of entering the building just to visit, but the building and park beside it are gorgeous!
Written 8 November 2022
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