Take a tour of the Abbotsford Convent and discover its unique history as you walk around the gardens and enter some of its historic buildings. Social History Tours are a key programming initiative of the Abbotsford Convent Foundation.
Social History Tour
Join our passionate guides for a fascinating tour of the Abbotsford Convent. On the tour you will discover the diverse history of the Convent; from its use as a meeting point for the Kulin Nation, to its days as a convent when the Good Shepherd Sisters ran a closed monastic site for over a century, and how it came to be the leading arts, culture and education community it is today. Living memories have been collected from former residents and caretakers of the land, which our lovely volunteer tour guides share as you explore hidden pockets of the Convent.
Abbotsford Convent Tours in French
Tour the magnificent Abbotsford Convent and learn about the site’s rich history in French – the native language of The Sisters of the Good Shepherd! Join Convent tenant Delphine Laboureau-Ormancey of French Tête à Tête as she guides you through the dramatic interiors, serene grounds and unrestored dormant spaces – giving insight into the different lifestyles that existed throughout the Convent’s history. These tours are aimed at students in Year 10 or above and French speaking adults.
Abbotsford Convent Art Tours
Meet some artists and visit their studios located within the serene grounds of the Abbotsford Convent. Set against the backdrop of the Convent’s rich and textured history, drop in on the two art galleries located on site – c3 Contemporary Art Space and St Heliers Street Gallery, see the rehearsal and performance spaces, and hear about the Abbotsford Convent Foundation's plans for the future.