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Royal Exhibition Building

Carlton Gardens | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 8341 7777
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The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the world's oldest remaining exhibition pavilions. On 1 July 2004, it became the first building in Australia to achieve a World Heritage listing. Located in Carlton Gardens, the pavilion was originally completed in 1880 for the first of two international fairs hosted by Melbourne. On May 1st, 1901, the initial Commonwealth Parliament was held here, an event commemorated in 2001, the centenary of Australian Federation. Today, with its meticulously restored interior, expansive galleries and soaring dome, the Great Hall offers an impressive setting for trade shows, fairs and cultural and community events.
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Carlton Gardens | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I have been to countless expos at this venue and they are always fantastic. Absolutely seamless in set up. The building it's self is stunning and a beautiful landmark. The gardens surrounding areas lovely to stroll through too

Thank Alice R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to varied functions at the Exhibition Buildings. It's a stunning building with a nice garden out the front. Many people take their wedding photos here. Nice spot to have a picnic on the lawns or just sit and enjoy the surrounds.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Royal exhibition building was built to host the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880. It became first building in Australia included in UNESCO World Heritage list. The Royal Exhibition Building was designed by the architect Joseph Reed, who also designed the Melbourne Town Hall and finished...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This building was built in the year 1880. Looks incredible outside especially with the fountain out the front, wasn't able to do the tour because there was something on. Just wish they cleaned up the area outside and got rid of the crates and forklifts...More

Thank Samantha F
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

We were staying at a hotel across from the Exhibition gardens and after having breakfast we took our exchange daughter through the Gardens. It was a beautiful autumn morning and the fountain was going (it is not always on during the week). There was a...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

Attended Dog Lovers show there and it was great. The venue allowed for inside and outside events. So much to look at it was great and the beautiful architecture of the building still comes through no matter what else is on show.

Thank NessJ
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

What a fantastic building. Attended across the weekend for Dog Lovers Show and was amazed at the old school architecture. Built for a World Expo event way back in the late 1800’s I am just so impressed with it. Great photo opportunities both inside and...More

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

Its worth paying the little extra to visit this beautiful building if you interested in the history of the great exhibition or just in Architecture. The guided tour we had was very informative and relaxed with a max of 20 people I think so was...More

Thank Cherie H
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Picturesque for photos and located near Melbourne Museum, is is accessible via the tram or a 10 minute walk from Parliament station. Again iconic for White Night festival in February in Melbourne. There are often events held here such as the Beer and Cider Festival...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Impressive building in a beautiful location well worth a visit 5 minute walk from the number 35 bus stop so no excuse for not calling and having a wander in the park

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Tina T
12 February 2018|
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Response from lynecancook | Reviewed this property |
Hi I would check as they do hire this out for day time events which run for 2 to 3 days at a time. Lyne
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Barbara H
20 March 2017|
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Response from Umma1709 | Reviewed this property |
I think you've asked this question in the wrong place. Try asking on Hotel Jen Penang. Sorry can't help you there, I thought this would be relating to the actual royal exhibition building...
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