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Government House, Sydney

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Government Building Historic Site
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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  • If you like local history, you must visit the Government House with free entrance. But admission to house and gardens is depend on what functions are being held there. The Government House is in the B...  more »
  • Well worth visiting and it is free. Take your passport or some form of identification to enable you to join the tour. The house is lived in by the present Governor and his wife. Our tour leader was To...  more »
  • Good looking building. Lots of history. Free and interesting tour by a keen and knowledgeable guide. Well worth a visit  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.