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Block Arcade

282 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 5244
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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.
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
282 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 9654 5244
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Reviewed yesterday

This Arcade brings back an earlier, affluent era. I love wandering in its lofty corridors, admiring the elegant shops and the wonderful cafe, just perfect for a high tea. It gives breathing space and a sense of timelessness, away from the pseudo-glamour and shine of...More

Thank Robin B
Reviewed 2 days ago

I love this arcade. The perfect amount of unusual shops, easy to navigate in a crowd and the architecture is beautiful. Don't miss this!!

Thank Looly1
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Block arcade represents an essential walk through experience when in Melbourne. Architecturaly stunning. Great shops and cafes. You must look at the mirror in the Hopetoun tea rooms.

Thank christophermC2070XP
Reviewed 3 days ago

Love this little arcade. It captures the class and charm of Melbourne. Quality little shops throughout.

Thank awolkiwis
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The architecture in Melbourne is delightful. Don't miss this arcade and eat at Hopetoun tea house. We had a delicious breakfast.

Thank rowlong
Reviewed 4 days ago

A beautifully maintained arcade that is an absolute must when visiting the city. Grab a map of the arcades and laneways from the Tourist Info kiosk (one is located in the Bourke Street Mall) and discover all of Melbourne's beautiful grand old buildings.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

To walk through this arcade is like going through a time warp, unique shops that enhance the experience of travel when there is nothin like this at home. Brilliant and a must see.

Thank AussiePaul60
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The shops in the Block Arcade are quite pricy. I came here to look at the nice mosaic floor patterns.

Thank Emmeline P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Grand old building with a good selection of tenancies. Always worth a visit. Nice selection of eateries too. A bit different from the run of the mill concrete and glass buildings

Thank TomToowoomba
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Block arcade is a an iconic Melbourne inner city arcade and a must see if you are visiting the City. The little retail shops and cafe's are old with a modern trendy feel about them , which I think gives it a very European...More

Thank Frank L
Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways
tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary
feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the
city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques,
throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
never quite know what you’ll find around the next
corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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30 August 2015|
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Response from Tirebiter8 | Reviewed this property |
In the big picture, I suggest starting at the downtown Southern Cross Station, where there is an office where a nice person will answer all of your questions, give you maps, and sell you a Myki card, if you want. If you are... More
15 July 2015|
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Response from Oldjack | Reviewed this property |
Yes kit is a two block walk down the hill to Elizabeth Street and Collins Street and the Arcade is a few meters east of Elizabeth off Collins Street.