Abbotsford Convent

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Abbotsford Convent information

Melbourne , Australia
1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
+61 3 9415 3600
Getting there
Bus: 200, 201, 207
Train: Victoria Park
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tours $15
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The nuns are long gone at this former convent, which dates back to 1861, so don't worry, no one will ask if you’ve been to mass lately. Today its rambling collection of ecclesiastic architecture is home to a thriving arts community of galleries, studios, cafes and bars, spread over nearly 7 hectares of riverside land. Tours of the complex are run at 2pm every Sunday.

There's a Slow Food Market every fourth Saturday, a clothes market every third Sunday, and during summer there's the popular Supper Market on Friday nights, featuring food stalls and live music. The offbeat Kage Physical Theatre offers modern dance performances, and the Shadow Electric open-air cinema and bar runs November to March. Check website for details.

The Convent Bakery bakes its own pies and breads in the original 1901 woodfired mansory ovens, while not-for-profit Lentil As Anything does delicious vegetarian dishes.