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Abbotsford Convent Social History Tours

When

Social History Tours are currently postponed due to the COVID-19 health emergency. Stay tuned for updates on our website and social media.

Sundays, 2pm-3.30pm
Weekdays by appointment (for groups of 10+)

Where

Meet the guide near the map on your left as you enter the Convent from the main entrance on St Heliers Street.

Cost

Adult $15
Concession $12.50
Child $10

Children six years old and under FOC: but not recommended due to themes and content

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When

Social History Tours are currently postponed due to the COVID-19 health emergency. Stay tuned for updates on our website and social media.

Sundays, 2pm-3.30pm
Weekdays by appointment (for groups of 10+)

Where

Meet the guide near the map on your left as you enter the Convent from the main entrance on St Heliers Street.

Cost

Adult $15
Concession $12.50
Child $10

Children six years old and under FOC: but not recommended due to themes and content

Contact Details

EmailPhone

Book Now

Join our passionate guides to discover the diverse history of the Abbotsford Convent and explore hidden pockets of the historic precinct.

The Convent was once one of the largest Catholic complexes in Australia and in the early 1900s was the largest charitable institution operating in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2017, the Abbotsford Convent became the 111th site added to the National Heritage List, being recognised for demonstrating Australia’s social and welfare history through the lens of a religious and charitable institution.

On the walking 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 wander the buildings and grounds of the site.

We are happy to cater group weekday bookings to your requirements. We regularly tailor tours to vision impaired groups, high school and tertiary students (with a focus on geography and cultural heritage), as well as probus and walking groups. Please contact Alice Brush on 03 9415 3600 or info@abbotsfordconvent.com.au to discuss further or book a tour. We are happy to discuss any accessibility requirements with you as well.

We have tours available for individuals most Sundays of the year at 2pm.

Concession
Concession ticket prices apply only to Australian Pensioner, Healthcare card, Carer card, Full time student card and Australian Senior Card holders.

Companions
We support the Australian Companion Card initiative and allow free of charge access to those actively engaged in providing assistance support to fee-paying patrons requiring assistance.

Accessibility
The Abbotsford Convent is committed to providing access for all to our program and our venues. The tours are walking tours with some uneven surfaces and stairs. If you would like to discuss your access needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us on email at info@abbotsfordconvent.com.au or via phone at 03 9415 3600. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. This tour is not recommended for children under 6 years.