Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

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Royal Exhibition Building is an impressive Victorian structure that is a symbol of the Industrial Revolution. Built in 1880, it was the first building in Australia to win Unesco World Heritage status. Step inside to see fine 19th-century wood- and paint-work. Australia’s first parliament met here in 1901. Now, the Renaissance-style dome and lush gardens host car shows, fairs, and live performances. To visit Royal Exhibition Building on your holiday in Melbourne, and find out what else Melbourne has to offer, use our Melbourne trip planner.
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  • The Royal Exhibition Building is a beautiful sight. We have been there a couple of times, but wanted to visit again during our most recent visit to Melbourne. It is located within Carlton Gardens. You...  more »
  • I went out as a World Heritage Site, but unfortunately it is under construction. However, there is a style. There is a lawn in the foreground, and it is spacious even though it is in the city.
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  • Obviously depends on the event but went here for the classic car show. Plenty of space inside and out. Nice walk through the gardens to get there.  more »
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  • We were here on a Sunday and the place was all locked up. This is a World Heritage historic place that was completed in 1880. The building looks simply magnificent from the outside but unfortunately for us, the southern frontage was under renovation so we could not see the grand old lady in her pure splendour. Nevertheless, we spent a few hours walking the grounds and just chilling and enjoying the gardens. We will definitely be back when the renovation is completed.
  • Reed and Barnes, 1880s? Pretty eclectic, Byzantine, Romanesque, renaissance - dome based on Florence cathedral pretty sure. I like it better than some other Reed work- maybe as it's set in lovely baroque gardens away from development. Facilities fine- seen many events there. Can get cold in the wintertime.
  • Went on a tour here recently. An amazing space. Hard to believe it was built in only 18 months. Incredible history and so many significant uses. Combine the tour with a picnic in the gardens (weather permiting) and you'll have a great day out.
  • One of the most beautiful buildings in Melbourne. You could spend hours just looking at the ceiling. We come every year to attend Lego Brickvention and its such a terrific venue for this wonderful event.
  • Lovely old structure... note, no air conditioning... it gets hot in there on a sunny summer afternoon. Also note that it was the site of Australia's first parliament prior to Canberra being built.
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