Shrine Of Remembrance Cultural Guided Tour In Melbourne

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 1 Hr 15 Mins
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  • Departure Details :
    Shrine of Remembrance, Visitor Centre
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Delve deeper into the Shrine by joining a 45-minute tour, led by an expert guide.
Discover the fascinating history of this monument born by grief after the First World War, which now provides a place of remembrance for Australian service and sacrifice in all wars since.
Learn about our commemorative spaces, special exhibitions and the personal stories that make the Shrine a living monument.


Informative, friendly and professional guide

Step back in time on a history tour

All entrance fees included

Choice of morning or afternoon departure

Know More about this tour

Meet your Tour Guide at the Shrine's Visitor Centre information desk at your nominated tour time.

Your tour will begin and finish in the Shrine Visitors Centre and include:

  • The Garden Courtyard with lesser known views of the Shrines North-Western corner
  • Explanation of the distinctive architectural features, statues, poignant inscriptions and building design from the Western steps
  • The history surrounding the Southern steps of the Shrine, uncovering the significance of this vantage point often overlooked by casual visitors to the Shrine. 
  • A visit to the Sanctuary via the grand bronze doors to experience the Ray of Light Ceremony
  • Stunning views of the memorial gardens, the City of Melbourne and surrounds from the Balcony
  • The Shrine's Crypt to understand more about the many years of history encapsulated in this small space
  • A tour of the Galleries to learn some of the astounding acts of valor, fascinating personal histories, and artifacts on display. 
  • A visit to the interactive Peace Wall display before your tour concludes back at the Shrine Visitor Centre.

If you decide to add on a gourmet tiffin after your tour, these are collected across the road from the Shrine at Jardin Tan.  Located at the Gate O entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens, your tiffin treats can be enjoyed inside at Jardin Tan, or picnic style within the Gardens. When you finish your tiffin, simply return it at the agreed time back to Jardin Tan.



All tour participants receive a 10% discount when making purchases from the Shrine Gift Shop.

All taxes, fees and handling charges

Professional guide

Entry/Admission - Shrine of Remembrance


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transportation to/from attractions

Coffee and snacks (available for purchase)

Non-alcoholic beverages (available for purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Shrine tours involve a moderate amount of walking including a large number of stairs.

Shrine tour participants are requested to dress comfortably, yet respectfully. Comfortable, respectful clothing with a hat

Walking shoes and a hat during the warmer months as some of the tour takes in some of the Shrine's exterior. Please note, as a sign of respect, hats should be removed in the Sanctuary.

For those who upgrade to a Tour and a Tiffin, please supply any dietary requirements directly to the Shrine by email 24 hours prior to your tour.

Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

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  • 11-Nov-2022

    We booked the 10 o’clock tour as the 11 wasn’t on the website. After talking to Peter on arrival he happily swapped us to the 11 o’clock tour as that offered the light in the shrine. We used the additional tour to explore the excellent museum and the crypt. The museums was much more accessible than The Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Peter’s tour was excellent. His explanations and knowledge gave a great insight into the Shrine. Being in the actually shrine when the “light” hit the spot, the honour guard and the RAAF flautist make the visit both memorable and moving.

  • 29-Oct-2022

    Highly recommend. Very interesting and the free guides are super knowledgeable. The views are terrific too and are just an extra benefit!

  • 27-Oct-2022

    Had a wonderful experience at the Shrine of Remembrance tour. Our guide Karl was very knowledgeable, kind and took us inside and around the shrine. This is probably best way to explore this iconic Melbourne landmark. I'm glad I took the tour and I'm filled with gratitude for all the sacrifices of the Australian men and women.

  • 15-Oct-2022

    Very informative experience. This memorial was so well thought out and planned. Our guide Michael took his time to explain different areas of the Shrine and the historical events of the Australian armed forces. Definitely recommend

  • 23-Jul-2022

    Being reminded how the bravery and heroism of many including my grandfather has given us inspiration to give freely for others freedom. This Shrine memorial continues to inspire many people in a good way.

  • 06-Jul-2022

    Finding my grandfather’s name amongst the 89,100 WW1 Australian soldiers enlisted. Very special being there with my 11 year old grandson when the last time I’d been on a tour was with my grandmother in the 1950s.

  • 21-Jun-2022

    Excellent Guide. Information given so interesting. Loved the explanation of the Facevof Batak . Thank you. Peter!

  • 11-May-2022

    The guide was very informative and passionate about the Shrine - it’s history and significance. He was polite and respectful.

  • 05-Feb-2022

    Fascinating tour of The Shrine. Our guide Karl was great. Would recommend doing this tour and then spend time wandering around looking at the exhibits.

  • 08-Jun-2021

    In my opinion the most underrated landmark in Melbourne. Should be talked about and visited throughout the year, not just ANZAC Day. Came and did the VIP Guided tour (walk in customer) for $20, but there is a free daily tour. However I thought it was well worth the price and you get a more detailed and less crowded experience. Tour went for 50 mins, there’s some climbing of stairs so keep that in mind. The views up top are breathtaking. The museum on the bottom floor is well curated, maintained and full of knowledge. Can easily spend 1/2 a day here.

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