Accommodation Near Parliament House
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Brush up on your local Australian politics and see how the important decisions are made with a visit to Parliament House, just a short 10-minute walk from the comfortable accommodation at Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne.
Parliament House is the perfect place to take in the sights of some of Melbourne’s incredible historic architecture, learn the history of the Victorian Government, and maybe even sit in on a parliament sitting in the public gallery.
Once you’ve had your fill of passionate debating you can wander back to the Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne for your fill of great foods, local wines, and 24-hour room service in any one of our stylish rooms.
The history of Melbourne’s Parliament House
The heritage listed Parliament House is one of Melbourne’s best-known landmarks. Located on the corner of Spring and Bourke Street, the building celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2005-6, having seen the first session of the Victorian government in November 1865, the formation of the Australian Labour and Liberal Party, as well as the declaration of the First World War all the way back in August of 1914.
It’s fair to say more than a few historic events have taken place beneath the roof of Melbourne’s Parliament House. Speaking of, the building’s original design envisioned a domed roof and while many architects have made plans to complete the original design over the years - the latest in 2002 - it was never seen through to completion.
Melbourne’s Parliament House remains an impressive site to this day, offering free daily tours covering the inside of Parliament House and its incredible architecture. Who knows, you may even run into a minister to take a selfie with inside (photos are encouraged).
Watch Parliament in action
Keen to watch Parliament in action? When Parliament is sitting, visitors are welcome to sit and observe, with both the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly (the Houses) both offering public galleries whenever the houses are sitting.
Keen for a tour?
Public tours of parliament are available every day parliament is not sitting. Tours run every hour from 9.30am to 3.45pm Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays) from the vestibule. If you're short on time, make sure to check out an express tour which runs at 1.00pm and 4.00pm for 20 minutes.
With Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne just a few minutes walk away, you’ll be back in time for dinner at our on-site restaurant, Encore, or if you want a bit of privacy – why not indulge in room service? It’s available 24/7.
We look forward to seeing you soon.