Carlton Gardens
Carlton Gardens
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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, Australia13,864 contributions
    Gardens are listed by UNESCO
    The Royal Exhibition Building and the adjoining Carlton Gardens remain from the time when Melbourne was truly Marvelous. The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens have been described by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee as "a rare intact reminder of the 19th century international exhibition movement, which fostered a global exchange of products and ideas." Apart from the trees and gardens, Carlton Gardens acts as a habitat for a variety of wildlife including brush tailed possums and many native birds.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 3 January 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,864 contributions
    Heritage garden is popular for picnics and BBQs.
    Carlton Gardens is a World Heritage Site, located to the north-east of the Melbourne CBD. The Gardens are extensive, covering 26 ha (64 acres). It's a popular place for picnic and BBQs. The large playground is popular with youngsters. Carton Gardens takes in the Melbourne Museum, the Royal Exhibition Building and the Imax Theatre. Carlton Gardens came to prominence in 1880, when the international exhibition was held in Melbourne.. The Carlton Gardens hosts a wide range of birds and animals. The trees are quite unusual and include an enormous Morton Bay Fif.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 May 2023
  • manda h
    Singapore, Singapore174 contributions
    Pleasant walk through to the museum
    Lovely place to walk past on the way to the Melbourne museum. This time of the year, there’s autumn leaves covering the walkways. There is even a small pond with some ducks in the corner. And right in front of the royal exhibition hall, there is a fountain where sometimes you will catch couples taking their wedding photos here.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,864 contributions
    Gardens are a boon to the people of Melbourne
    Carlton Gardens is a marvelous place for a picnic. The lawns are lush, and the mature deciduous trees provide ample shade in Summer. The Classical fountain is imposing, it's quite spectacular to look at. Carlton Gardens is a boon to the people of Melbourne. The Carlton Gardens adjoin the Exhibition Building, they are easy to get to by tram.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 November 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,864 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Friends
Carlton Gardens is a marvelous place for a picnic. The lawns are lush, and the mature deciduous trees provide ample shade in Summer. The Classical fountain is imposing, it's quite spectacular to look at. Carlton Gardens is a boon to the people of Melbourne. The Carlton Gardens adjoin the Exhibition Building, they are easy to get to by tram.
Written 5 November 2023
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manda h
Singapore, Singapore174 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Lovely place to walk past on the way to the Melbourne museum. This time of the year, there’s autumn leaves covering the walkways. There is even a small pond with some ducks in the corner. And right in front of the royal exhibition hall, there is a fountain where sometimes you will catch couples taking their wedding photos here.
Written 30 May 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,864 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Carlton Gardens is a World Heritage Site, located to the north-east of the Melbourne CBD. The Gardens are extensive, covering 26 ha (64 acres). It's a popular place for picnic and BBQs. The large playground is popular with youngsters. Carton Gardens takes in the Melbourne Museum, the Royal Exhibition Building and the Imax Theatre. Carlton Gardens came to prominence in 1880, when the international exhibition was held in Melbourne.. The Carlton Gardens hosts a wide range of birds and animals. The trees are quite unusual and include an enormous Morton Bay Fif.
Written 12 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,864 contributions
Jan. 2023
The Royal Exhibition Building and the adjoining Carlton Gardens remain from the time when Melbourne was truly Marvelous. The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens have been described by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee as "a rare intact reminder of the 19th century international exhibition movement, which fostered a global exchange of products and ideas." Apart from the trees and gardens, Carlton Gardens acts as a habitat for a variety of wildlife including brush tailed possums and many native birds.
Written 3 January 2023
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Karen M
Daylesford, Australia1,346 contributions
Dec. 2022
These peaceful Victorian designed gardens house the Royal Exhibition Buildings, as well as water features, wildlife and an amazing array of trees. If you are visiting Melbourne, put them on your agenda.
Written 2 January 2023
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,492 contributions
Dec. 2022
This is a lovely green space very close to the city grid. You can see lots of old trees and the exhibition building.
Written 3 December 2022
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DipuKV
Pune, India2,213 contributions
Aug. 2022
A nice garden, Carlton Gardens is good for a stroll through it, and good views / clicks of the attractions around it.
Written 12 August 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,864 contributions
Apr. 2022
Carlton Gardens comprise a very large expanse of lawn, with many mature trees. The enormous Morton Bay Fig tree provides a shady spot to rest in the summer. The Gardens contain the Exhibition Buildings, one of Melbourne's most notable historic structures. The Carlton Gardens are within easy walking distance of the Melbourne CBD, or you can catch a tram.
Written 7 April 2022
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia15,743 contributions
Apr. 2022
My wife and I visited these Gardens as part of our visit to The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2022. We have been here before many years ago.

These Gardens are well maintained. There is a pond with some ducks swimming in it. It is a very pleasant place for a walk.
Written 3 April 2022
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,492 contributions
Jan. 2022
These are beautiful gardens on the fringe of the city. There are beautiful old trees and a fountain. You can also see the Exhibition building. A must see while you are here.
Written 15 January 2022
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