Architecture tour of Parliament House

Victoria's Parliament House is one of Australia’s oldest and most architecturally significant buildings.
Victoria's Parliament House is one of Australia’s oldest and most architecturally significant buildings.

Join us for a free tour focusing on the architectural history and design of this Melbourne icon.

Facing the intersection of Spring and Bourke streets, the west facade of the building, with its sweeping steps, elegant lamps and grand colonnade, suggests solidity and strength. 

However, appearances can be deceptive as the ambitious vision of 19th century architect Peter Kerr was never fully realised, leaving the building incomplete. 

Construction of the Parliament House facade c. 1888

With features showcasing the wealth Victoria had accumulated from its gold and wool exports, a visit inside Parliament House is sure to delight anyone with an interest in architecture and historically significant buildings.

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Date and time

May  27
June  24
July 29
August 26
September 29
October 28
November 25

Tours start at 2:00pm and run for approximately 90 minutes.

Please arrive 20 minutes before the tour start time to allow for security screening and check-in.

Group size and booking

Numbers are limited to 20 people per tour.

Bookings are essential. To reserve a spot, call or email the tours booking office. 

Phone: (03) 9651 8568
Email: tours@parliament.vic.gov.au

Hours


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Hours

8:30 am – 5.30 pm
Monday – Friday
Closed on weekends and public holidays

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Address

Parliament House
Spring StreetEast MelbourneVictoria3002

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Contact

Getting here


Public transport

By train: exit Parliament station at Bourke street.

By tram:

  • route 35 – stop 0 (Spring St/ Bourke St)
  • routes 86, 96 – stop 9 (Bourke St/Spring St).

Parking

There is no public parking at Parliament House.

Street parking and private parking is available in surrounding streets, but please note there is limited parking on Spring Street. 

Identification requirement


Anyone wishing to visit the Parliament of Victoria to attend a tour, use our catering facilities, attend an event or watch the proceedings of the two Houses in the public galleries, must provide their name and address, and present one of the following forms of identification:

  • driver's license
  • learner's permit
  • proof of age card
  • passport
  • Australian birth certificate
  • Australian citizenship certificate.

Security


Visitors to Parliament House are required to pass through a security checkpoint before entering the building. This involves a walk-through scanner and baggage scanning. Visitors with pacemakers should ask to be scanned using handheld scanners.

Bags must be left at reception when taking part in a tour or sitting in the public galleries.

 

Items you cannot bring to Parliament

The following items are not permitted at Parliament:

  • weapons
  • any types of blades (e.g. Swiss army knives, lock knives, eating utensils), hooks, scissors and other sharps
  • liquids over 100ml and glass bottles (except water)
  • any alcohol
  • 'selfie' camera sticks and camera tripods
  • chains and padlocks
  • voice recorders, two-way radios and speakers
  • handcuffs
  • any tools (e.g. screwdrivers, multi-tools, bike tools, measuring tapes, metal rulers)
  • helmets (e.g. bicycle and motorcycle)
  • whistles
  • permanent markers
  • aerosols
  • jet lighters
  • long umbrellas
  • balls and balloons
  • signs or placards
  • studded belts.

Any of the above items will be held by security for the duration of your visit. They will be returned when you leave or may be confiscated permanently in some cases.

 

More information

If you have any accessibility needs or concerns with security screening, please email security.team@parliament.vic.gov.au or call us on 03 8682 2980 ahead of time so we can accommodate your visit.

Accessibility


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Accessible entrance

People with a mobility or physical disability can access Parliament House through the rear entrance on MacArthur Street.

 

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Map

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Accessible toilet

Accessible toilets are located on the ground and first floors.

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Audio loop

Audio loops are available in the chambers. These can be used in conjunction with hearing aids.

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Wheelchair

A courtesy wheelchair is available for visitors attending tours. Please note that we are unable to provide staff to push wheelchairs.

Contact

For any enquiries regarding disability access and inclusion please email disabilityaccess@parliament.vic.gov.au

Parents


A baby change and feeding room is located on the second floor on the Legislative Assembly side. Facilities include comfortable chairs, change table, basin hot and cold water, a fridge and a microwave.

 

Vaccination requirement


It is a requirement of entry to Parliamentary for all persons aged 18 and over to either:

  1. have received their first and second COVID-19 vaccine dose
    or
  2. have written certification from a medical practitioner of a valid exception.

All visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination or an exception to staff before they are granted entry to Parliament House.

For more information, read our COVID Safe Plan.