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City of Melbourne | C42

Bishopscourt is part of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne and is of historical and social importance as the oldest house in East Melbourne. Built both as an official residence and a family home, it has been the residence of the Anglican Bishops and later Archbishops of Melbourne since 1853. The first residents were Bishop Charles Perry and his wife, Mrs Frances Perry, who was notable for her work within philanthropy and welfare in the Melbourne community. In the 1870s Bishopscourt served as the interim Government House. Being the last intact urban estate in the City of Melbourne, Bishopscourt has architectural significance, reflecting early style and building techniques. The gardens include mature plants of historic significance together with several trees listed on the City of Melbourne’s Exceptional Trees Register. From its early years, hospitality has played a key role at Bishopscourt, which has been host to distinguished visitors both local and international. Today, Bishopscourt is not only a residence and place of work but also a centre of ministry and community service and a place of hospitality for the Anglican Diocese and the local community.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Expect Queues: Yes

    Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: The Drawing Room, the Morning Room, the Chapel and the Dining Room of the House and the Gardens

  • Tour Type: C42

  • Tour Details: Tours at every 30 mins, running for 25minutes, in groups of 20

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Food and beverage available

  • Year Built: 1853, 1903

  • Transport: Tram stop 11: Wellington Pde/Clarendon St on routes 48 and 75

  • Photo Credit: Ivan Smith


120 Clarendon Street East Melbourne, VIC


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