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Parliament House Tours

Parliament House
Home to the Parliament of the state of South Australia, Parliament House is a landmark of downtown Adelaide. Behind grand columns it houses the state’s two legislative chambers: the House of Assembly (lower house) and the Legislative Council (upper house). Designed as early as 1872, it wasn’t completed until 1939.

The Basics
There is no charge to visit Parliament House. Visitors are welcome to watch lawmakers in action when the House is in session; outside those times, tours are given twice daily on weekdays. Most travelers choose to experience Parliament House entirely from the outside, taking it in with Adelaide’s other historic architecture on a scenic stroll. Parliament House is an occasional stop on Adelaide city tours; guides will explain how it arose from the much less impressive Old Parliament House next door.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Parliament House is a must for fans of heritage architecture.
  • All bags are scanned in security machines on entry. Avoid bringing sharp objects.
  • There is limited wheelchair access to Parliament House.

How to Get There
Parliament House sits on North Terrace, on the north side of downtown Adelaide, a stone’s throw from Rundle Mall and an easy walk from other city center attractions. It’s a stop on the free City Connector bus service, routes 98A and 98C, and is directly opposite Adelaide Railway Station, which is also a tram stop.

When to Get There
If you’d like to see inside Parliament House, you’ll need to visit on a weekday. When Parliament is sitting, you can watch the action from the “Stranger’s Galleries.” Question time, immediately after lunch, is a popular time to visit. Free tours are offered twice daily when parliament is not in session, one in the morning and one in the early afternoon. The building is inaccessible on weekends.

Adelaide’s Heritage Architecture

Parliament House is just one Adelaide architectural landmark. A British naval officer named William Light laid out the city, surrounded by parklands, around the time South Australia was created, in 1836, and a wealth of early buildings have been preserved. Other city landmarks include Town Hall, Government House, and the State Library of South Australia.
Address: North Terrace and King William Road, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia
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