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Bellevue House National Historic Site

35 Centre St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4E5, Canada
613-545-8666
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Ranked #12 of 58 attractions in Kingston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: A rare and fine example in Canada of Italianate villa architecture, Bellevue was home to Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister. Today,... more » Owner description: A rare and fine example in Canada of Italianate villa architecture, Bellevue was home to Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister. Today, the house is a national historic site, commemorating Macdonald's contribution to the development of Canada. Bel example rare au Canada de villa de style italianisant, Bellevue a été la demeure de sir John A. Macdonald, premier des premiers ministres du Canada. Aujourd'hui lieu historique national, elle commémore la contribution de Macdonald à l'essor du Canada. « less
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Sudbury
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

we went by this attraction on june 30 using the trolly tour and decided to come back for a full tour on canada day. we watched a short movie about Sir John A and then toured to grounds and the house. Lots of things to see and the staff is quiet friendly, from the young lady in the garden to... More

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St Ives UK
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Easy to find and park. Very interesting to learn about Canada's first Prime Minister and his achievements. Would recommend a 2h visit here.

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Ottawa, Canada
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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Our son was one of the guides there a few summers ago, so I'm a nut biased . It is a wonderfully restored home and wel, worth a visit if you are in Kingston.

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Huntsville, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Worthwhile, quaint Italian style architecture, period furniture that is original. People in costumes to reflect the 1800's in Upper Canada. Makes you appreciate modern day appliances and bright open concept living areas as this house was extremely dark and made me feel clausterphobic. Too many small rooms with clutter but that was Victorian living I guess that's what they liked.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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12 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Disappointing that it was closed, you would think during March Break it would have been opened.!!! You can see it from the sidewalk but because of the landscaping not much of the house is visible.

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Kingston, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

A neat tour that gives a video presentation then a tour of the villa. There are manicured / preserved grounds on site with heirloom and historical significance as well for the region so we enjoyed that. We enjoyed the visit in August when everything is in full bloom and there are full summer staff working in the house and the... More

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Toronto
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We really enjoyed our visit to Bellevue House. You watch a film about Sir John A. MacDonald and then tour the house he lived in. The house is interesting architecturally and contained many artefacts of the time. The written information was useful, but I would have liked more of it. The garden is fascinating. They have plants that you wouldn't... More

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Napanee, Canada
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

I have been visiting these hallowed halls since I was a teenager and have brought my daughters here with pride. There is something about this house that brings the feeling of history to life and it was wonderful to see it come alive in my daughters eyes as well. Truly worth the visit.

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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Because that is when it is closed. Short background video on entering the Visitor's Centre. Friendly and informative staff. Well kept grounds and a beautiful example of housing of that time period. Good information about the life and times of Sir. John A. MacDonald.

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Waubaushene, ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

While killing time one afternoon on a short trip in Kingston, I was walking around with my son. We had just left the corrections museum and were just walking down the street. I saw a Parks Canada sign for the Bellevue House and walked down the side street to check it out. We went into the visitor centre where we... More

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