Discover the Abbotsford Convent’s rich architectural history on a walking tour of the precinct. The small peninsula defining Abbotsford Convent has 11 heritage buildings built between 1868 and the 1920s, as well as farm buildings and a few modern additions from notable architects. Architects JB Denny, Thomas Kelly and William Tappin of Reed Smart & Tappin (the Royal Exhibition Buildings, Bendigo Cathedral) designed most of the early buildings, forming one of the largest intact monastic complexes in the world. The periods covered by the buildings include federation style, gothic revival, Flemish revival, art deco, bungalow and arts and crafts style. This tour is undertaken with resident architect and long-term tour guide, Rema O’Neill.
This tour is presented as part of the Abbotsford Convent Foundation's flagship multi-arts event, Open Spaces 2016. Tickets to tours include general entry to Open Spaces – simply show your tour ticket at the gate upon arrival. Without a prepurchased ticket, general entry to Open Spaces is $2 at the gate (children under 5 are free). For more information, please see the Abbotsford Convent's website.