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. 

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.


Please note that access to the Legislative Chambers and Parliamentary Library is subject to the availability of those spaces.


Architecture tour information

  • Our tours are free of charge.

  • Our architecture tour is conducted over multiple levels, and if you require any accessibility arrangement, please let us know in your booking request.

  • The tour is conducted over 90-minutes.

  • Tours are conducted regularly on a Friday when Parliament is not sitting. Scroll down to view availability.

  • Maximum group size per booking is five.

A detail of the internal columns of Parliament House with sculptures of cherubs and agapanthus


Bookings are essential.

We do not take bookings online.

First, you can view our availability by clicking the button below.

View available dates and times


Once you have found your preferred dates and times, email your booking request to with the following information:

  • Selected date
  • Full name
  • Number of people (up to five), and their full names
  • Contact number for the booking.



  • Phone: (03) 9651 8572
  • Email:


What to bring

Photo Identification is required for public tours at Parliament House. 


Strangers' Corridor Restaurant

Enjoy a coffee or lunch in Strangers Corridor while you are visiting Parliament House.

Bookings are essential, please Phone (03) 9651 8941 or email for more information and to make a booking.


A ceiling of a white hall with arches and two large chandeliers.



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


Parliament House
Spring Street
East Melbourne Victoria 3002


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).


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.

Information about the information we collect from our visitors is available fom our Privacy collection notice - visitors to parlaiment house.


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 or call us on 03 8682 2980 ahead of time so we can accommodate your visit.


Accessible entrance

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



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

Audio loop & Auslan Tour

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

Auslan videos are provided at points of interest on our public tours by scanning QR codes with your smartphone.  


For any enquiries regarding disability access and inclusion please email

Social stories

Two social stories are available to accompany a visit to Parliament House. These have been designed for visitors who are neurodiverse who may like to read them in preparation for their visit. One is intended for readers of all ages, the other focuses on the experience of a school visit to parliament house.


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.

Privacy Collection Notice

Our Privacy collection notice - visitors to Parliament House applies to your visit to Parliament House and the parliamentary precinct.

It explains what personal information is collected when you visit Parliament House and the parliamentary precinct.

For information about our broader privacy practices and how we handle personal information generally, please refer to our Privacy Policy.