Sydney Town Hall
Sydney Town Hall
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Historic SitesGovernment Buildings
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Sydney Town Hall is a working building and the home of the City of Sydney Council. More than 300 events are held in the building each year, including concerts, exhibitions and special events. Events that are publicly accessible can be found listed on the City's What's on website Tours of the Sydney Town Hall are conducted by the Friends of the Town Hall. To make enquiries regarding the tours and to check availability, please call the Town Hall in advance.
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Neighbourhood: Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
How to get there
  • Town Hall • 2 min walk
  • Museum • 6 min walk
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  • Tamsin H
    Sydney, Australia471 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Sydney Centerpiece
    Beautiful centre piece of the Sydney CBD. A gorgeous interior with chandeliers, lovely tiled floors, painted panelling and an organ to rival all other organs! Impressive sandstone exterior Hosts a wide variety of interesting events.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Alison S
    Sydney, Australia2,278 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Young Organists Concert - Free! 👏 👏
    The Sydney Town Hall Organ was unique when built in 19th Century. It is Grand. It is magnificent! Beautifully adorned with columns, gold embossed carvings and a magnificent Chandelier overhead. Town Hall Organist introduced all Organists. So impressive 👏 🙌 👌 😍 Well worth the experience.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 December 2023
  • mtgcrafts
    Gosford, Australia66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building , just don’t book a seat at the side of the venue
    Went to see Henry Winkler at Sydney town hall . He was fantastic. Beautiful building with lots of original features. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The only thing I would advise you to do is not book a seat on the side of the venue . Make sure you are in the middle section or in the gallery above. For the entire show I had a pole in my view . No mention of a restricted view when I booked the tickets and was charged the same price as seats that did not have a restricted view.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 February 2024
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mtgcrafts
Gosford, Australia66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Went to see Henry Winkler at Sydney town hall . He was fantastic. Beautiful building with lots of original features. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The only thing I would advise you to do is not book a seat on the side of the venue . Make sure you are in the middle section or in the gallery above. For the entire show I had a pole in my view . No mention of a restricted view when I booked the tickets and was charged the same price as seats that did not have a restricted view.
Written 6 February 2024
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Alison S
Sydney, Australia2,278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Sydney Town Hall Organ was unique when built in 19th Century.
It is Grand.
It is magnificent!
Beautifully adorned with columns, gold embossed carvings and a magnificent Chandelier overhead.
Town Hall Organist introduced all Organists.
So impressive 👏 🙌 👌 😍
Well worth the experience.
Written 27 December 2023
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Tamsin H
Sydney, Australia471 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Beautiful centre piece of the Sydney CBD. A gorgeous interior with chandeliers, lovely tiled floors, painted panelling and an organ to rival all other organs! Impressive sandstone exterior
Hosts a wide variety of interesting events.
Written 25 November 2023
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,814 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Town Hall is another striking structure in the center of Sydney. It looks like it would be a museum, but is actually still a functioning government building and also a venue for many public events.
Written 12 October 2023
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Maree R
Christchurch, New Zealand1,142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Stunning exterior which is beautifully lit in the evening. There was a Marilyn Munroe exhibition on but the $29 entry was more than I would want to pay. Busy surroundings with shopping, a train station and light rail.
Written 31 August 2023
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HelenFNZ
Rome, Italy15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Sat in seat AA9, and no-one in that block could hear. I made out a couple of anecdotes, but mostly all we could make out was the delighted laughter of the audience in the main body of the space. General consensus was that those seats should not have been sold for that event.
Written 28 May 2023
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We were so looking forward to enjoying a tour of the build only to discover that tours were discontinued as a result of restorations. Another building viewed externally, dating to 1869 and in the neoclassical architecture style and claimed to be the largest and most ornate late 19th century civic building in Australia. I guess we will have to revisit Sydney.
Written 16 December 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,517 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Town Hall is in a central part of Sydney and for tourists, there is a lot to see in and around the area. If you are getting on/off the train at Town Hall Station, the building sits right above the station.
Mostly, it is just a lovely building to take note of as you walk past. In summer the purple jacaranda trees out the front make a nice photo.
Across the road, is the QVB (Queen Victoria Building), built in 1898 to celebrate the Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and next door is St Andrews, the Anglican Cathedral (1860).
It is a 5 minute walk to Hyde Park in one direction and, in the other direction, a 9-10 minute walk to Darling Harbour.
The Town Hall itself is a grand building in the High Victorian style. It was completed in 1889, just 100 years after the colony was first settled. When finished, it dominated the city skyline and was by far and away, the most imposing and impressive building in the colony.
The most dramatic features are the classical temple-like facade, the wide staircase leading to the front doors and the soaring clock tower. The architects didn’t shy away from excess. They splashed out with lions’ heads, finials, urns and friezes and didn’t hold back on columns or arches either.
Today, the town Hall houses the offices of the Lord Mayor of Sydney and those of elected councillors but it also frequently hosts community events and concerts. For this reason, it is not always open to the public. Although normally you can do tours, I believe that they are currently cancelled due to covid restrictions.
Written 12 April 2022
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The Sydney Town Hall was built in 1889 and is on the State Heritage Register. It houses the chambers of the Lord Mayor of Sydney, council offices, and venues for meetings and office functions. It lies on top of part a cemetery complex. It is the largest and most ornate late 1880's building in Australia. Town Hall House behind it in Kent Street was opened in 1977.
Written 25 April 2021
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Tony_dot
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Great place to be. Enjoyed my day in Sydney there. Cant be described.. the atmosphere is full with greatness of the history of Sydney
Written 10 March 2021
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