Rydges on Swanston | Local Area

Royal Exhibition Building

The Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens were completed in 1880 for Melbourne's first international exhibition, a product of the optimism, enthusiasm and energy of the people of Melbourne in the late-19th century. Melbourne was a prosperous city, basking in the wealth from the richest gold rush in the world.

Inscribed on the World Heritage list on 1 July 2004, The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens were became the first building in Australia to achieve World Heritage listing.

Today, the Royal Exhibition Building flourishes as one of the world's oldest exhibition pavilions, the Great Hall continues to offer a magnificent setting for trade shows, fairs and cultural and community events.

Located on Nicholson Street in the Carlton Gardens at the north-eastern edge of the CBD,  which is a 10minute walk from Rydges on Swanston via Lygon Street