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Review of Abbotsford Convent

Abbotsford Convent
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USD 253.62*
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Trike Tour of Yarra Bend Park Melbourne for Two
Ranked #3 of 19 things to do in Abbotsford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Just four kilometres from Melbourne's CBD, its 11 historic buildings, gardens and car park are spread over 6.8 Hectares in a sweeping bend in the Yarra River and are surrounded by the Collingwood Children's Farm and Yarra Bend Park. With a focus on creativity, culture and learning the Convent is now home to over 100 artist studios and offices for small businesses, a radio station, four eateries, an open air cinema, food and craft markets, two galleries, an extensive program of events and venues for rehearsals, performances, classes, workshops and conferences.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This is an amazing place to take visitors to, but even my daughter who has lived in Melbourne for most of her life hadn’t been here (my other daughter and I came often) great garden to sit in. Arrive early to get parking - ie before the lunch rush - during the holiday season and weekends

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Great film set, lovely grounds- gloomy interior. Could do with some pics of cheerful Pope or jolly nuns. No welcoming party - it was if we had wandered onto a production of Midsomer Murders and raalised we were ghosts because everyone looked right throgh ust. Signs say there are artists but no-one was crafting or weaving and everything was shut and locked. Avoid the sloping paths if you have old sports injuries. We had to hunt for a loo. Best location for a cuppa & cake - round the back in a two storey building overlooking the hilly kitchen garden.

Thank Philippa O
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Really loved the peaceful vibe and the history here. The gardens are beautiful and perfect for a picnic. The convent itself has amazing architecture. It really takes you back in time. Highly recommend a visit.

Thank Michelle N
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

Another great place to explore and experience a bit of history.
Beautiful gardens to walk around and beautiful staff.
The highlight though is the chapel/church, simply beautiful.
A must do when in Melbourne

Thank the71brat
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

For someone who has zilch sense of vibes or "feel" - my first visit in mid Jan did give me a sense of foreboding...what dark secrets did this gothic Convent edifices conceal? Its conversion to into an art commune & gallery, function centre & a hub of communal activities, growers/ makers/vegan markets is fabulous. That the local councils' over a century plus resisted the temptation of real estate developers & preserved it to better serve the community is nothing short of amazing - City being just a few kms away. Being next door to Collingwood Children's Farm is an added bonus. Yes - you can cover both if you have a few hours to spare.

Entry is free - open 7.30 to 10 pm but if there is a festival on like the Brewers Festival over a week ago - the garden & central area will be fenced off & entry fee charged. There is a Cafe, Bakery & Vegan restaurant onsite. You will have to call & book ahead for guided tours (not sure if there is a fee).

The Yarra river winds in a classical curve close by - excellent wide bike & walking trail which runs for kms - with man made Dights Falls just a km or so from here.

The gardens are beautiful but I have to return to explore properly. Wheelchair friendly - has slopes & unsealed paths. Btw - I did go home & do a bit of a search into the Convent's history ..Aah..yes...the dark dire deeds did give me a chill!

Thank Traveller88Melbourne
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