Royal Arcade Tours

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Opened in 1892, the Royal Arcade is Melbourne’s oldest shopping arcade. It’s a visual feast, with a lofty glass ceiling that streams natural light onto the delicate Victorian metalwork, and home to a choice selection of boutiques, jewelers, chocolatiers, and cafes.

The Basics
A walking tour of Melbourne’s scenic laneways and historic arcades is a popular choice for visitors to the city. Exploring the maze-like streets with a guide will ensure you don’t get lost. Walking tours that include the Royal Arcade are often combined with other top Melbourne attractions such as a visit to Queen Victoria Market, a view from the Eureka Skydeck, or even a trip out to Phillip Island to watch the Penguin Parade. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes if you’re taking a walking tour—the cobbled streets of Melbourne’s laneways require sturdy footwear. 
  • Most shops in the arcade are open daily from 9am to 5:30pm, with reduced hours on Sunday. 
  • The Royal Arcade is fully wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
The Royal Arcade is located in the heart of downtown Melbourne, within easy walking distance of landmarks such as St. Patrick's Cathedral and Federation Square. There are entrances to the arcade on Little Collins Street, Bourke Street, and Elizabeth Street. The closest tram stop is Bourke Street Mall (lines 86 and 96), and it’s just three blocks from Melbourne Central train station. 

When to Get There
The arcade is open daily, and it’s almost always busy, especially during the summer months of December and January. The most atmospheric time to visit is during the Christmas season, when the arcade is adorned with festive decorations.

Architecture of the Royal Arcade
The Royal Arcade is the work of acclaimed architect Charles Webb, whose other masterpiece is the Windsor Hotel on Spring Street. Renowned for its Italianate style, the arcade is characterised by high arches, dramatic glass and wrought iron ceiling, and lavish gold trims. The memorable centerpiece is Gaunt’s Clock, flanked by gigantic statues of mythical gods, Gog and Magog, who strike the clock each hour. Additional highlights include the Victorian-era glass shopfronts and the grand Renaissance Revival-style entryway on Bourke Street.
Location
Address: 335 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour

Explore Melbourne’s charming laneways and opulent arcades with a small-group walking tour. Uncovered tucked-away gems like specialty boutiques and local fashion designers, and savor Melbourne’s café culture with a stop for coffee or tea, a chocolate tasting and an optional lunch at a local eatery. Tour numbers are limited to 8 people to ensure a personalized experience.
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Half-Day Melbourne City and Arcades Coach Tour with Queen Victoria Market From Melbourne

Get a taste of vibrant, cosmopolitan Melbourne on this 4-hour tour of the city’s historic landmarks and local districts. Browse the stalls at the legendary Queen Victoria Market, stroll around the idyllic Fitzroy Gardens and marvel over the grand Gothic façade of St Patrick’s Cathedral. Next, follow your local guide on a walking tour of the city’s charming laneways and arcades, taking in the lively Federation Square; the art hubs of Degraves Street and Centre Place; and the Victorian shopping halls of Block Arcade and Royal Arcade.
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Melbourne City Full-Day Tour Including Lanes and Arcades Walk

Discover cool, cosmopolitan Melbourne on this full-day coach tour of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, including hotel pick-up. Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Melbourne’s highlights, stopping to peek into St Patricks Cathedral, browse the stalls at Queen Victoria Market and stroll around Fitzroy Gardens. Then, follow your local guide around the city’s laneways and arcades; visit the famous Acland Street in St Kilda and stop to snap photos of colorful Brighton Beach, lively Chinatown and the Docklands.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Melbourne Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Phillip Island Penguin Parade plus Viewing Platform

Experience two top-selling Melbourne tours and save 20% with this super saver pass! Explore the city’s history and highlights with a 3-hour sightseeing tour by coach. Then, journey to Phillip Island for an up-close encounter with amazing Australian wildlife. See koalas in their natural habitat at the Koala Conservation Centre, and watch hundreds of fairy penguins emerge from the ocean and waddle across the sand during the famous Penguin Parade.
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Melbourne Bike Tour with Lunch

See more of the Melbourne sites that interest you on this half-day, guided bike tour. From hidden laneways to historic landmarks, get an insider’s perspective on the best of Melbourne while enjoying the speed and flexibility of touring on two wheels. Start your tour in central Melbourne or the cruise port to suit your interests. Bikes, gear and lunch are included on this small-group tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Melbourne City Laneways and Arcades Tour with Eureka Skydeck

Short on time? Take in Melbourne’s best bits on this 4-hour tour, including hotel pick-up. Browse the stalls at the Queen Victoria Market, visit Captain Cook's Cottage (own expense) in Fitzroy Gardens, drive past Melbourne Cricket Ground and see Little Italy and Chinatown. After a comprehensive coach tour, set out on a guided walking tour of the city’s Victorian shopping arcades, colorful laneways and street art hot spots. Cap it all off with entrance to the Eureka Skydeck, where you’ll enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Melbourne.
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