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Melbourne Town Hall

Corner Swanston Street and Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9658 9658
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Completed in 1870, the Melbourne Town Hall is at the heart of the city's cultural and civic activity, hosting theatre, weddings, receptions and exhibitions. So many of the decisions that have helped shape Melbourne were made within the heritage-listed Town Hall. A mix of bluestone and Tasmanian freestone, the classically designed building features a clock tower and fine masonry. To go behind the scenes and visit the grand Council Chambers and stand where the Beatles and Abba waved from the impressive portico, take a Town Hall tour. As well as the Council Chambers, the Town Hall features a large auditorium, which was remodelled following a fire in 1925 and includes panels decorated with sepia figures. The auditorium's Grand Organ has featured in cutting-edge performances by a range of artists including Philip Glass, Paul Grabowski and the Necks. A free lunchtime concert series has been running since 2003, and the Grand Organ Museum offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about the organ and breathe air into its venerable pipes. Join a free Melbourne Town Hall Tour from Monday to Friday with tours departing at 11am and 1pm. Bookings essential.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Corner Swanston Street and Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 9658 9658
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really awesome architecture and pretty great to walk around and have a look at it all, plenty to see and do around

Thank vampslayer01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth the effort to visit day and night, really stands out as a landmark in the city. Historical.

Thank vicpk
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Another Victorian period building that is attractive and that takes pride of place aongside Melbourne's other 19th century landmarks, the Town Hall is certainly noteworthy. It has hosted many concerts (The Beatles, for example, appeared here in the 1960's and attracted many thousands of fans...More

1  Thank VWriter
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed my tour of the Town Hall, my guide Ken was very informative & I enjoyed listening to both the history & some of the stories from over the years. Booking online you need to do that well in advance as confirmation doesn't come through...More

1  Thank Jste011
Reviewed 8 May 2017

We were indifferent about a tour around the Town Hall but are so glad we did it. We booked the day before and were part of a small group of 6. The guide was very knowledgable and enthusiastic and professional. She made the visit most...More

Thank Skidooo
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Melbourne Town Hall is the central municipal building locatedon the northeast corner of Swanston and Collins Streets, in the central business district. It is the seat of the local government area of the City of Melbourne. It has been used for multiple purposes such as...More

1  Thank UrbanDrifter
Reviewed 22 March 2017

To attend the Melbourne Town Hall Tour you must book ahead of time, they do have a stand by list if you want to take a chance, number are limited to 10 people. You must turn up on time or they will give your spot...More

1  Thank Mark C
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We have attended a wedding for 265 people in this magical place . The setting and the ambiance was great . Highly recommended for large party's.

Thank Barbara V
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

You need to reserve a spot on the tours in advance - see their website for details. They have tours at 11 and 1 during the week. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. We learned the history of Melbourne and the town hall. Plus the highlight...More

Thank Diane K
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Went here to see the moving light show projected onto the front of the building. It was stunning but the street was packed with people trying to get a good view. There were many security staff trying to control the area but it was still...More

Thank Paul G
Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways
tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary
feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the
city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques,
throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
never quite know what you’ll find around the next
corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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Colleen L
Hello, Is the town hall light display still on? Thank you
30 December 2014|
Response from carol-gregGoldCoast | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to advise but the display finished on Christmas Day