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Adelaide Town Hall
Adelaide Town Hall

Tour Town Hall with a friendly guide

There’s nothing like a first-hand experience to bring the past to life – and a free guided tour of Adelaide Town Hall is an excellent place to start uncovering the city’s rich history.

More tours in more languages in May 2018

Presented by History SA annually throughout the month May, the History Festival is one of South Australia’s largest community events and promotes the State’s wonderful collections, places and stories.

As well as running its regular program of tours in English, special tours of Adelaide Town Hall in Russian and German will be held in May as part of the City of Adelaide’s huge program of History Festival celebrations. Find out what else is in store here.

Adelaide Town Hall May Tour Dates:
Tours in English:  Monday 7, 14, 21 & 28 May, 10am – 11am | Book Now 
Tour in Russian: Monday 7 May, 11:30am – 12:30pm | Book Now
Tour in German: Monday 21 May, 11:30am – 12:30pm | Book Now  
Tour in Mandarin: Monday 28 May, 11:30am – 12:30pm | Book Now

The centre of city politics since 1866, this impressive heritage building has played a big role in shaping the physical and cultural landscape of Adelaide.

Adelaide Town Hall tour
Kate Earle (far right) take her tour to the Adelaide Town Hall balcony

Kate Earle is part of the City of Adelaide Customer Experience team, and one of five volunteer Adelaide Town Hall tour guides.

“It’s great to learn about Adelaide in school or read a book or visit a website, but standing in front of a map created by the city’s first surveyor-general seeing all the original acres, the names of the owners and how much they paid gives you that surreal feeling of connecting with something from the past,” said Kate.

Each guide showcases different elements of interest, but a few stops always make the cut, like the refurbished Queen Adelaide Room and the Auditorium’s spectacular pipe organ.

“The balcony is always popular, whether for the amazing King William Street view or they’re Beatles fans reminiscing about the Fab Four greeting 300,000 people on the street below back in 1964,” said Kate.

“I also enjoy showing a James Baird Shaw painting of the Opening Ball in the Auditorium. I love sharing its brilliant story then taking guests into the room which inspired it. It’s always a special moment, but you’ll have to take a tour to hear the tale!”

One-hour tours run on select Mondays at 10am. Bookings are essential and can be made at

Can’t wait? For a taste of the tour experience right now, watch this exclusive video below.

Did you know?

Clocks weren’t installed in the Adelaide Town Hall clock tower until 1935. Before then, there were empty holes where the clocks would eventually go. To avoid embarrassment at the Opening Ball, a cardboard clock face cut-out was fitted. Apparently, no-one noticed!


Skye Murtagh

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