Government House, Sydney

4.3
#6 of 28 in Historic Sites in Sydney
Become one of nearly 10,000 annual visitors attending cultural events held at iconic Government House. This busy city landmark, serving as the official residence of the governor of New South Wales, was constructed between 1837 and 1843 of stone, cedar, and marble. Designed by the prominent royal architect Edward Blore, who also worked on the plans for London’s Buckingham Palace, the building overlooks Sydney Harbor and includes a large garden area, which is open to the public. Make this historic site, featuring oil portraits and coats of arms from its past occupants, a mandatory stop on your tour of the city. Our Sydney holiday planner makes visiting Government House and other Sydney attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 13, 2017
    On man, another amazing old building, just breathtakingly beautiful. Not that I would want to live there but oh so nice. We did not time our visit for the free tour but cruised about checking out what...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    Tours go on the half hour and last 45 mins. Very interesting to see and learn about the present and past Governors. Tied this in with the Botanic gardens visit as very close by. Excellent guide.  more »
  • June 24, 2017
    This must be on your to visit list. The guided tour was excellently presented by a very knowledgeable person, it was unusual as we expected to pay to enter but surprisingly not. The building for those...  more »
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  • The house tour was closed when I got here, but what a beautiful, pre-Victorian (?)neo Gothic (?) structure
  • Free and only guided entry. A totally memorable experience to visit this castle.
  • Nicest historical building in NSW. A real slice of Europe with a beautiful garden to match.
  • Had a chance to tour Government House on Australia Day - it's like walking into a time machine and visiting the start of NSW - was fascinating - finished the day sitting on the lawn eating a sausage sizzle, thank you Governor - well worth a visit when open
  • Government House just above the Opera House in Sydney is an interesting piece of Sydney history. Great gardens and a very peaceful spot for a wander.

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