Parliament House, Sydney

3.5
#260 of 625 in Things to do in Sydney
Discover the capital city’s rich history at the iconic Parliament House. This complex of landmark buildings includes a two-level Georgian-style building, the oldest public building in the city, and two Neo-Gothic additions containing the parliamentary chambers. The oldest part of the complex was first built to house a wing of a new city hospital, which was largely financed by a monopoly on rum imports (prompting the locals to call it the "Rum Hospital") and completed in 1816. Massively rebuilt in the 1980s, several of the main building’s interior chambers were restored to their original appearance from the 19th century. Time your visit for one of the site’s regular Open Days, when visitors are allowed to wander freely through its many hallways and chambers. Add Parliament House and other attractions to your Sydney trip itinerary using our Sydney tour planner.
map
Create an itinerary including Parliament House
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
81 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • May 11, 2017
    We happened upon Parliament House while walking down Macquarie Street, viewing the architecture. We decided to visit, as this is the oldest building in public use in Sydney. Unfortunately many of the ...  more »
  • May 8, 2017
    We did not consider this as a must-see place but are very glad we took the to visit this. On the 9.30 slot there were only 4 in our group. The guide was knowledgable and delivered the tour very profes...  more »
  • April 28, 2017
    The building is rather simple. This is perhaps because, it was a hospital formerly was. The Parliament building was only 13 years after its construction.
    View original

Plan your trip to Sydney

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Sydney

Sydney offers visitors hundreds of lodging options in its central area, with choices suitable for most budgets. As expected in a major tourist destination, harbor views play a major role in determining room prices. Expect to pay more for ocean-view suites, especially if you visit at the peak of the tourist season or around big city events. If you don't need to stay in the center of Sydney, consider budget-friendly hotels near the airport, or look for smaller roadside motels in the city's South West neighborhood.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Sydney by other users

5 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: October, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, teens, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Australia BY A USER FROM LUXEMBOURG November, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, culture, outdoors, romantic, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, romantic, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM INDIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Australia BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in New South Wales BY A USER FROM VIETNAM February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in New South Wales BY A USER FROM VIETNAM February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 40 days in Australia BY A USER FROM MACEDONIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM VIETNAM February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 56 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM VIETNAM February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans