Government House, Sydney

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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. For Government House and beyond, use our Sydney trip planner to get the most from your Sydney vacation.
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  • At the tip of Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney is the Royal Governor's House. We spotted it as we walked over from Circular Quay. What a beautiful little bit of Royal England. Take the free guided to...  more »
  • A wonderful tour of this magnificent building in a superb location overlooking the Derwent River. They offer tours but you need to book online you can’t just turn up on the day. Fantastic value and a ...  more »
  • What a gem. Highly recommend seeing this if history/ antiques/ museums are your thing. Our guide was very knowledgeable and clearly loved the opportunity to work there.  more »
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  • Great place. The building is absolutely great and the inside of the building truly amazing full of history. We enjoyed the self paced tour we did and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The griund surrounding the building is also worth exploring with a great view of the harbour.
  • One should join the guided tour in this place and learn the history of Australian first administration and how the Governorship of NSW evolves through time.
  • Beautiful place situated in the Royal Botanical Gardens. Has its own beautiful gardens as well. Guided historical tours are available.
  • Certantly a great place to go.
  • Great building and great garden! the staff is very friendly and would love to give you some information about the history of government house!

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