Melbourne Town Hall
Melbourne Town Hall
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Completed in 1870, the Melbourne Town Hall is at the heart of the city's cultural and civic activity, hosting theatre, weddings, receptions and exhibitions. So many of the decisions that have helped shape Melbourne were made within the heritage-listed Town Hall. A mix of bluestone and Tasmanian freestone, the classically designed building features a clock tower and fine masonry. To go behind the scenes and visit the grand Council Chambers and stand where the Beatles and Abba waved from the impressive portico, take a Town Hall tour. As well as the Council Chambers, the Town Hall features a large auditorium, which was remodelled following a fire in 1925 and includes panels decorated with sepia figures. The auditorium's Grand Organ has featured in cutting-edge performances by a range of artists including Philip Glass, Paul Grabowski and the Necks. A free lunchtime concert series has been running since 2003, and the Grand Organ Museum offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about the organ and breathe air into its venerable pipes. Join a free Melbourne Town Hall Tour from Monday to Friday with tours departing at 11am and 1pm. Bookings essential.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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 of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,046 contributions
    Town Hall is favored for comedy
    The Town Hall is a monument to Melbourne's civic ambition. The Town Hall is a magnificent building, built when Melbourne was truly marvelous. These days, the Town Hall is used for civic events, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. You can also do a free tour.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 8 March 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,046 contributions
    Historic Town Hall has many useful features
    The historic Town Hall is a Melbourne icon, much loved by the citizens of the City. It was constructed in the 1870s, with proceeds from the Great Australian Gold Rush. The Town Hall stands at Collins St and Swanston St, in the center of the City. The Town Hall has many useful features, including the Visitors Center. It's also a venue for the Melbourne Comedy Festival. One useful feature is the public conveniences, on the Collin St side.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Andrew J
    Rowville, Australia30 contributions
    Melbourne beautiful regardless of the weather.
    Had a great tour with Ken our very knowledgeable tour director. As Melbourne locals we were amazed at the fact Ken shared with us and the beautiful architecture of the town hall. A chance introduction to Sally Capp(current Lord Mayor) a bonus. At no cost and with the knowledge you leave with this is a must do in our beautiful city.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 October 2023
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AbbottHsu
Serang, Indonesia817 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
A historical building with designated construction in CBD. Lots of tourists stop by, taking the photos before heading to the next destination. Enjoy.
Written 30 November 2023
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Andrew J
Rowville, Australia30 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Had a great tour with Ken our very knowledgeable tour director. As Melbourne locals we were amazed at the fact Ken shared with us and the beautiful architecture of the town hall. A chance introduction to Sally Capp(current Lord Mayor) a bonus. At no cost and with the knowledge you leave with this is a must do in our beautiful city.
Written 26 October 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,046 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
The historic Town Hall is a Melbourne icon, much loved by the citizens of the City. It was constructed in the 1870s, with proceeds from the Great Australian Gold Rush. The Town Hall stands at Collins St and Swanston St, in the center of the City. The Town Hall has many useful features, including the Visitors Center. It's also a venue for the Melbourne Comedy Festival. One useful feature is the public conveniences, on the Collin St side.
Written 16 October 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,046 contributions
Mar 2023
The Town Hall is a monument to Melbourne's civic ambition. The Town Hall is a magnificent building, built when Melbourne was truly marvelous. These days, the Town Hall is used for civic events, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. You can also do a free tour.
Written 9 March 2023
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EndlessTravels
Greater Melbourne, Australia35,492 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Walk past this grand old building frequently when in area watching a show. Love the size and scale of this amazing historic building.
Written 3 February 2023
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B T
London, UK1,216 contributions
Nov 2022
We went on a free guided tour. The whole thing was a shambles from start to finish. You have to go through an arduous online form to request a tour and we heard no reply so just turned up anyway. Had to go to the information centre next door to book on a tour and they had spaces. You have to go through security, then leave your bag anyway, then fill out an online visitors form and get a pass. The whole thing is way more complicated than it needs to be. The tour guide was very nice, but the tour was terribly boring, way too much unnecessary info. Tour was an hour when it only needed to be 20 mins. Inside it is just a couple of old rooms, nothing special. Don't waste your time, go to the state parliament instead it's much better.
Written 4 November 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,046 contributions
May 2022
The Town Hall lies at the heart of Melbourne's civic culture. It dates from the latter half of the 19th century, when Melbourne was Marvellous. Amongst its many features, are the Visitor's Centre. The City Gallery hosts rotating exhibitions relating to Melbourne. The Town Hall has always been a centre for the perfoming arts; now it's a favourite venue for the annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Whether you can gain entrance to the main hall depends on what functions are in progress.
Written 10 May 2022
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Swisshen
Perth, Australia2,323 contributions
Apr 2022
Sitting on the corner of Collins Street & Swanson Street this is an easy venue to get to by tram. We went here twice to see the comedy shows. There are many room and one of the shows was in the main hall which is nice and the second in the Supper room which is reached by the old elevator or stairs.
Written 12 April 2022
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Mark G
Melbourne, Australia1,816 contributions
Apr 2022
Visited the Supper Room here for a comedy show (Melanie Bracewell). Good venue for this sort of show.

There is a lift as there are 3 or 4 flights to walk up other wise.
Written 11 April 2022
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,317 contributions
Dec 2021
Melbourne Town Hall dates back to 1867, so a very historical building.

We enjoyed the Christmas Light projections during Christmas time, where the building changes to various different colours..

This was very popular when we visited.
Written 27 December 2021
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