Please note that the health and safety of our guests is paramount. With this in mind, we have modified our tours to provide the safest and most enjoyable tour possible.

Queen Victoria Market School Tours

Market Discovery Tour
Discover Melbourne’s favourite market with a fun and educational guided tour. On this 60-minute 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 importance of fresh, healthy food. 

Includes: 

  • 60-minute guided walking tour 
  • Gelato or Hot Jam Doughnut

When: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings 

Cost: $15 per student 

Numbers: To ensure a pleasant and safe tour, we allocate one tour guide per 10 students. The maximum number of students we can currently accommodate is 40 per session. 

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

Safety:
Our new tours program has been modified to provide the safest and most enjoyable tour possible. In line with current government advice, the following measures are in place: 

  • Our tour guides hold current Working With Children Checks and are fully trained in COVID safe protocols and procedures. 
  • Maximum tour numbers have been reduced to allow for safe physical distancing. 
  • All tasting experiences have been modified to ensure adequate spacing, cleanliness and hygiene.  
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at regular stations throughout the tour. 

Queen Victoria Market School Tours

Extended Market Discovery tour 

Discover Melbourne’s favourite market with a fun and educational guided tour. Students will enjoy ain-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. Students will learn about sustainability and its links to seasonality, provenance and waste management. Additionally, they will be given an insight into traders’ lives and their experiences  running a small business. Seasonal tastings will be offered in the Dairy Produce Hall along with a famous Gelato or Hot Jam Doughnut at the end of the tour. 

Includes: 

  • 90-minute guided walking tour 
  • Delicious seasonal tastings 
  • Gelato or Hot Jam Doughnut

When: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday mornings 

Cost: $25 per student 

Numbers: To ensure a pleasant and safe tour, we allocate one tour guide per 8 students. The maximum number of students we can accommodate is 32 per session. 

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

Safety:
Our new tours program has been modified to provide the safest and most enjoyable tour possible. In line with current government advice, the following measures are in place: 

  • Our tour guides hold current Working With Children Checks and are fully trained in COVID safe protocols and procedures. 
  • Maximum tour numbers have been reduced to allow for safe physical distancing. 
  • All tasting experiences have been modified to ensure adequate spacing, cleanliness and hygiene.  
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at regular stations throughout the tour.

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.

Testimonials

“I took my students and another class (Year 1 and 2) on an educational tour of the Vic Market. It was a truly tailored experience that the students thoroughly enjoyed…I can’t wait to go back again, I forgot how many wonderful things there were. Very impressed.”

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.

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!

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