Once known as the Convent of the Good Shepherd, the Convent provided refuge for vulnerable women, children and orphans. Nowadays, the convent building and formal gardens play host to events and festivals, workshops and classes, music and theatre performances, and in summer, outdoor cinema.
As for the gardens, at the convent's peak, its inhabitants were fed by extensive vegetable plots, orchards and farming grounds. Situated on an attractive bend of the Yarra, the rambling old site features beautiful and eery buildings, rolling lawns, secluded courtyards and a painstakingly restored formal garden dating from around 1902. It’s also free, open late, serves beer and if you want to get your hands dirty you can join the Convent’s dedicated team of gardening volunteers.
|Venue name:||The Abbotsford Convent||Contact:|
1 St Heliers St
|Transport:||Nearby stations: Victoria Park|
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Slow Food Melbourne Farmers' Market
Beneath the grey spires of the historic Abbotsford Convent is a market that champions an era when you know the farmer who grew your potatoes, and when tomatoes tasted like real tomatoes. Open the fourth Saturday of each month, seasonal, organic food...Markets Until Friday January 20 2017Read more
Music in the Round
How fitting that this year's Music in the Round event falls on Father's Day because this classical music event would be a great present for dads as well as any classical music lover. Presented by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation, the concert will showcase...Classical and opera Sunday September 4 2016Read more
Things to do
The Makers’ Market is where you can find all things arts and crafts. Spend some time browsing the work of local artists and crafts people in Melbourne as you meet the makers themselves. If you’re looking for some one-of-a-kind gifts or if you just feel...Markets Sunday September 18 2016 - Friday January 20 2017 FreeRead more
Shirt and Skirt Market
Think that lying in bed with Netflix on your Sunday is as good as it gets? Think again. The Shirt & Skirt Market hits the Abbotsford Convent on the third Sunday of every month. The market has been showcasing independent designers for eight years, providing...Markets Sunday September 18 2016 - Friday January 20 2017 FreeRead more