Market Discovery – Primary School Tour

Queen Victoria Market School Tours

Discover Melbourne’s favourite market with a fun and educational guided tour. On this one-hour guided tour, students will explore the vast array of fresh produce whilst discovering Melbourne’s multicultural history and enjoying the hustle and bustle of the Market. Students will have fun meeting our vibrant traders and hearing their stories whilst our friendly guides explain seasonality, provenance and the pleasure of fresh, healthy food.

Includes:

  • 1 hour guided walking tour
  • Fresh seasonal juice
  • All teachers and carers are free of charge.

When: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday mornings

Cost: $12 per student

Bookings: For all bookings and enquiries, please contact our Tours Program Coordinator Bettina via email or 0437 190 249.

Safety:

  • To ensure a safe and pleasant tour, we allocate one tour guide per 10 to 12 students.
  • All of our tour guides are trained in First Aid and have current Working with Children Checks.

Market Discovery – Secondary School Tour

Queen Victoria Market School Tours

Discover Melbourne’s favourite market with a fun and educational guided tour. Students will enjoy a more in-depth experience of the historic Market with a 90-minute guided tour. Our experienced tour guides will discuss history and the multicultural influences that have shaped Melbourne’s food culture. They will learn about sustainability and its links to seasonality, provenance and waste management. Additionally, students will be given an insight into traders’ lives and their experience of running a small business. Seasonal tastings will be offered in the Dairy Produce Hall along with a fresh, seasonal juice at the end of the tour.

Includes:

  • 90-minute guided walking tour
  • Delicious seasonal tastings in the Dairy Produce Hall and fresh seasonal juice
  • All teachers and carers are free of charge.

When: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday mornings

Cost: $20 per student

Bookings: For all bookings and enquiries, please contact our Tours Program Coordinator Bettina via email or 0437 190 249.

Safety:

  • To ensure a safe and pleasant tour, we allocate one tour guide per 10 to 12 students.
  • All of our tour guides are trained in First Aid and have current Working with Children Checks.

Testimonial

“I took my student’s and another class (Year 1 and 2) on an educational tour of the Vic Market. There were four guides to accommodate the two classes making it a truly tailored experience that the students thoroughly enjoyed. The purpose of this excursion was for the students Inquiry unit to find out how food is distributed and learn about natural food. This was the perfect excursion for that. They were then able to purchase their lunch and get a treat from all of the wonderful shops and stalls there. They also had a fresh juice at the end of the tour. I highly recommend the market for a school excursion. The whole process of booking was also very easy. I can’t wait to go back again, I forgot how many wonderful things there were there. Very impressed.” – Chloe Louise, 23 April 2018

What a wonderful experience our students had today at the Vic Market with the amazing tour guides and stall holders. This was such a big experience for some of our students as many of them had not been into the city before, or tried a lot of the cuisine that they got to taste today. Our students were fully engaged for the extent of the tour which is a testament to the guides and cannot recommend it enough.” -Ngarelle Gordon, 25 June 2019

Thank you for having us! All of us teachers, and of course students were raving about how much we loved the tour. In particular it was great getting to know and meeting the traders, and being able to show the students the unique history and the multicultural influences that have shaped Melbourne’s food culture.  Could you please pass our thanks onto the wonderful tour guides for hosting us today, they were fantastic!”  Gita Lama, 6 September 2019


Self-Guided Heritage Trail

Dairy Produce Hall c1930

In its 140 years, Queen Victoria Market has had a colourful and sometimes controversial history. During that time, the site has been a cemetery, a livestock market and a wholesale fruit and vegetable market. Each of these operations has its own history and an element of controversy. Students can explore the historic landmarks and architectural features at their own pace when they take our Self-guided Heritage Trail.

Download the Self-guided Heritage Trail map or pop into our Visitor Hub and pick one up.

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