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Royal Arcade Tours

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.

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Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour, Melbourne, null
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Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour

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Discover the secrets and hidden treasures of Melbourne’s lanes and arcades on this small-group walking tour. Immerse yourself in the heritage and culture of ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.44
Half-Day Melbourne City and Arcades Coach Tour with Queen Victoria Market From Melbourne, ... 
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Half-Day Melbourne City and Arcades Coach Tour with Queen Victoria Market From Melbourne

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Experience the best of Melbourne, from it's trendy cafes, hidden laneways, historic arcades and it's charming atmosphere by small coach and also on a walking ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Melbourne Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Phillip Island Penguin Parade plus Viewing ... 
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Melbourne Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Phillip Island Penguin Parade plus Viewing Platform

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See the best of Melbourne and its surrounding highlights on this super saver that combines two must-do tours at a saving of 20%! After a 3-hour city ...  Read more

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Melbourne City Full-Day Tour Including Lanes and Arcades Walk, Melbourne, Super Savers
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Melbourne City Full-Day Tour Including Lanes and Arcades Walk

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Enjoy the best of Melbourne on this walking and sightseeing coach tour of the city's major landmarks, popular eating hot spots, laneways, arcades and trendy ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Half-Day Melbourne City Laneways and Arcades Tour with Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne, Full-day Tours
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Half-Day Melbourne City Laneways and Arcades Tour with Eureka Skydeck

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Find out why year after year, Melbourne is voted the world's "Most Livable City" with a comprehensive half day morning tour around the highlights of ...  Read more

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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Melbourne Bike Tour with Lunch, Melbourne, Half-day Tours
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Melbourne Bike Tour with Lunch

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Explore Melbourne by bike with a professional, mature, local guide who shows you famous locations and little-known gems on an intimate 2-wheeled tour through ...  Read more

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