Public tour of Parliament House

The Parliament of Victoria provides free public tours, run by experienced tour guides.
The Parliament of Victoria provides free public tours, run by experienced tour guides.

Explore this historically significant building, while learning more about the role, history and work of the Parliament.

  • Enter the Legislative Chambers where laws are made, and hear about the mystery of the stolen mace.
  • Learn about the Westminster style of Parliament while sitting in a Member of Parliament's chair.
  • Have your photo taken with Queen Victoria in the grand hall named after her and admire the portraits of past Premiers that adorn the walls.
  • Discover the Library that played a role in convincing the Federal Parliament to occupy the building from 1901 to 1927. 
  • Our guides are happy to answer any questions you may have about the building, or the work that Parliament does and how you can get involved.

Dates and times

No bookings are required for individuals or groups of five or fewer. Tours run for approximately 50 minutes, and are held at 9.30 am, 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm on the following days:

  • sitting weeks – Monday and Friday.
  • non-sitting weeks – Monday to Friday.

Extra tours run on school holidays - Monday to Friday.

Tours may be altered or cancelled at short notice due to functions and events at Parliament House.
Use our calender to see what tours are running on the day you plan to visit. 

A visitor points up at a feature of the Legislative Assembly chamber.

Group size

Numbers are limited to 15 people per tour.

Group bookings

For groups of six or more, find out more about our group tour.

Audio guides in your language

Free audio guides are available for use on our public tours. Click on the link below to access the guide in your preferred language:

普通话音频指南
Español
Italiano
हिन्दी 
한국어

You can listen via the website or download the izi.travel app to your phone for free.

These guides are hosted on an external website and may include advertising or sponsors not associated with or endorsed by the Parliament of Victoria.

Hours


Hours

8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Monday – Friday
Closed on weekends and public holidays

Address

Parliament House
Spring Street
East Melbourne Victoria 3002

Contact

Getting here


Tours depart from the Vestibule, located inside the main building entrance on Spring Street.

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 licence
  • 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


Accessible entrance

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

Map

Toilets

Accessible toilets are located on the ground level and level one.

Audio loop

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

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 level two on the Legislative Assembly side. Facilities include comfortable chairs, change table, basin with hot and cold water, a fridge, and a microwave.