Como House and Garden

Enjoy the calm of an urban pleasure garden and historic house. Discover the story of Melbourne with a visit to Como House.

Known by many Melburnians as ‘the white house on the hill,’ Como overlooks the Birrurung (Yarra) river and is surrounded by a pleasure garden and community parkland.

Leila Armytage called her home ‘the last remaining oasis.’

Como is an atmospheric town mansion presented as a family home. The interiors reflect the tastes and style of the Armytages, who lived at Como for 95 years. It was the first house museum in Australia acquired with its contents of furniture, domestic technology and decorative arts. Como was a home but also a place of work, and the original servants’ quarters are preserved.

Built in 1847, Como House is an unusual mix of Australian Regency and classic Italianate architecture. The garden has retained many elements of its 1850s design.

Since colonisation, Como has changed with Melbourne, reflecting the booms and busts of Victoria’s history. This is the story you will hear on your visit.

Read more about the history of Como House.


See & Do

  • Pre-book a guided visit of Como House with volunteers who will help you find out more  
  • Visit The House of Discovery – a seasonal program of installations designed to spark curiosity and reimagine what a historic house can be.  
  • Bring a picnic to enjoy in the tranquil garden surroundings or purchase from The Stables of Como 
  • Shop unique items at the National Trust Gift Shop 
  • Shop from a collection of quality unique second-hand books at the Bookshop 

 

As a responsible custodian of heritage places, the National Trust is committed to acknowledging the past, including aspects of our history which are painful and uncomfortable. Read more about what we’re doing.

 

 

Place Details

Como House & Garden, including the Stables of Como, will be closed on Good Friday.

House tours will not run over the Easter long weekend.

Opening Times

Como Gardens:
Monday to Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm.

Como House Tours:
Wednesdays & Fridays: 1.30pm Saturdays and Sundays: 11.00am, 12.30pm and 2pm.

Como Shop & Gallery and Book Shop:
Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00am-3:00pm.

Admission

Entry to the gardens is free.

Como House Tours:
Adult: $15
Concession: $12
Child: $9
Family: $35 (2A + 2C)
National Trust Members: Free

*Extra may fees apply during an exhibition period.

Location

Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave,
South Yarra 3141

Wurundjeri Woiwurrung Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and recognise their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.

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Plan your visit

Como House and Garden

Address:

Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave,
South Yarra 3141 VIC

Entry Fees:

National Trust members: Free
Adult: $15
Concession: $12
Child (15 years & under): $9
Family (2 adults + 2 children): $35

What we offer:

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