Heritage-listed Customs House, originally built in 1889, underwent a full restoration in the 1990s, which included a complete reconstruction of the central staircase from locally sourced timbers. Expert craftsmen worked from original plans and designs, found in the State Library’s archives, to replicate the original construction as precisely as possible. This landmark building is known for its distinctive copper dome, black and white marble interior features, and an iron balustrade with the initials VR (for Victoria Regina) wrought on it in honor of Queen Victoria. No longer used as originally intended (for the collection of customs duties), the building hosts regular concerts, lectures, and special dinners, and includes a restaurant, function center, and an art gallery, located on the bottom floor. Put Customs House into our Brisbane trip itinerary builder app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Brisbane.
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  • Amazing location. Only had 45min as had to get to a comedy show down river. Staff were lovely and the food was Devine. Only get to do this every few years as had to drop the kiddies off at 3 different...  more »
  • This is a great old building that seems l.ost in the high rise that has grown around it. It is on the river and you get some good views further down the river. The University of Queensland use the ico...  more »
  • My friends and I booked tickets to the 2018 NYE event at Customs House and we were blown away by the views and beauty of the venue. The setup and layout of the area for the NYE ticketed event was very...  more »
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  • If you are organising a business function I am always very impressed with this venue. Downstairs are smaller rooms. These rooms back onto the Brisbane runner where there is a brilliant outdoor area to enjoy the Brisbane river away from the busy noise of Queen Street. The room is top shelf fired Brisbane and is sure to impress. Food catering on the day was already excellent.
  • No direct wheelchair access (not at main entrance). I went there for high tea. The food was terrible and that’s being polite. For $60 I expected more. There was no customer service within the 2 hours I was there and when I did see staff members they were as miserable as the rain pooping down. Definitely no more high teas, simply not worth the money albeit from this place. Go back to the basics of training and development in your staff you idiots.
  • This is the second time we have visited Custom House and on both occasions the staff and meals were of the highest quality. Adding to the enjoyable experience is the amazing sandstone building and stunning views of the Brisbane river. Custom House is great for a coffee, lunch or dinner.
  • Beautiful building, I wish Brisbane had a few more like it to show off it's past. Staff were lovely. Canapes, delicious!!!
  • Wonderful food, great service, we had a fabulous evening celebrating a significant birthday. Would definitely recommend it. 😊
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