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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
+61 3 8341 7777
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a superb day. The food! The Wine! The shows! All wonderfully Italian. Far too many tasty authentic foods to mention. The Negronis to die for. Put me down again for next year.

Thank Fay W
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Royal Exhibition Hall is part of Carlton Garden. The tree-lined path to the Hall makes for a stunning approach and beautifully frames this mostly beaux arts building. We visited in April which is fall and enjoyed the changing leaf colors.

Thank globetrekkerphx
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Of all the many times we have been to Melbourne, we have never been to this venue. This time we attended the Dog Lovers Show which was great but what was even better was the venue. Such a beautiful venue and so easily located close...More

Thank Leesa F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Within the sprawling Carlton Gardens grounds, this magnificent building was completed in 1880 to house the World Fair. The building's dome was modelled after Florence Cathedral's dome and the Grand Fountain outside, designed by Hochgurtel. The complex also has wonderful gardens, Melbourne Museum on site,...More

Thank AMsays
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to the Melbourne Flowers and Garden show to REB at twilight (my second) and had a ball. The actual Carlton garden alone is already a treat, however the additional show displays made it even more stunning. Inside this heritage building, is a profusion...More

Thank Lydia F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You must visit the building and the parklands nearby, simply stunning. while you can't go in, the outside is enough to see, go day and night!

Thank vicpk
Reviewed 18 May 2017

The architecture of the Royal Exhibition Building is superb and the history of the building is very interesting with photos. Set in lovely gardens with fountains.

Thank parischantelle
Reviewed 17 May 2017

very pretty building - don't forget to look up at the ceiling! it's nicely decorated :) we went here for the Melbourne Tattoo Convention, and it was a great place to have it because its so big and spacious. It was a bit chilly in...More

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 14 May 2017

A magnificent building which has been restored almost to its' former glory. You can only visit the building on a guided tour (except if you are attending an exhibition). Guide we had gave misleading and incorrect information on several fronts. Didn't seem to have much...More

Thank Rob L
Reviewed 7 May 2017

A grand old building in Carlton Gardens with a World Heritage listing that was completed in 1880. Used throughout the year for a variety of exhibitions and public events its well worth attending at least one to view the impressive inside of the building. The...More

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Barbara H
I'm staying 4 nights at the HotelJen Penang in July and want to know what's on the buffet breakfast as I'm a Coeliac and can't eat wheat, rye, barley and oats. Can anyone tell me?
20 March 2017|
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...
Do we should ask permission or pay if we want to do some photoshoot around royal ex building and carlton gardens?
1 February 2016|
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Response from PeterLangston | Reviewed this property |
Best bet would be to contact the Melbourne Museum on 131102 for information.