Free 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.

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

 

Dates and times

We do not take bookings for the public tour.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the tour starts to secure your spot, for security screening, and for check-in.

Our public tours are conducted Monday to Friday when Parliament is not sitting and run for approximately 50-minutes.

Click the button below to see what tours are running on the day you plan to visit.

 

Click here for tour times and dates

 


We may alter or cancel tours at short notice due to functions and events at Parliament House.

 

Numbers are limited to 25 people per tour.

For groups of six or more you will have to book a group tour.

For more information on our tour for groups of six or more people, please visit our Group tour page. 

 

Group tour page

 

 

Identification requirement

Photo Identification is required for public tours at Parliament House. 

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

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.

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

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 side entrance on Spring street or the rear entrance on Macarthur Street.

Map

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Toilets

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.  

Contact

For any enquiries regarding disability access and inclusion please email disabilityaccess@parliament.vic.gov.au

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.

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.

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.