Purchased by the Victoria State Government in 1973, and opened as a tourist attraction in 1977, Werribee Park is the estate of a historical building in Werribee. Run by Parks Victoria, Werribee Park Mansion was built between 1874 and 1877 in the Renaissance Revival style by the pioneering pastoralists Thomas Chirnside (1815-1887) and his brother Andrew Chirnside (1818-1890), from Scotland.
The weekend of Open House Melbourne; Sat 27 and Sun 28 July 2019 from 10am to 4pm is a wonderful and rare opportunity to enter Werribee Mansion for FREE and experience the grandeur of the heritage-listed building and surrounding park. Parks Victoria staff will be on-site to chat to visitors about the architectural significance of the building, giving you an insight to its history, art and architectural features. This is a family-friendly event with plenty for kids and parents to see and do.
Werribee Park Mansion boasts over 60 rooms in several wings, and contains displays of clothing and furniture. Some spaces, normally closed to the public, will be open for the weekend. Families can enjoy vintage games on the Great Lawn, and kids can play with the toys in the special children's room (suited to kids age 3-10). Enjoy musical performances throughout the weekend and the café will be open, selling light food and beverages.
Guided tours of the formal gardens will run at select times, showcasing the lake, grotto, parterre and many heritage-listed trees. You need to pre-book due to the limited capacity and a $5 booking fee is required to reserve your place. Feel free to wander through the grounds on a self-guided discovery tour and enjoy significant buildings, structures, gardens, and trees spanning the entire park, including the recently restored glasshouse. It's used by Parks Victoria as a greenhouse currently, to propagate plants for the park.
This year, Open House Melbourne is featuring more than 200 significant commercial and civic buildings, private homes, infrastructure and landscape projects, demonstrating some of Melbourne's most progressive historical, contemporary and future-facing ideas in architecture and city-making in locations throughout inner and outer Melbourne.
There's an additional 45 special events, tours and talks happening as part of the July program. Visit What's On for more details. Some buildings and special events require bookings. Booking details including dates are available on each listing.