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Rideau Hall

1 Sussex Drive | 1, Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
+1 866-842-4422
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Ranked #17 of 144 Attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Government Buildings, Gardens
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Ice skating
Owner description: Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor general since 1867. This national historic site, situated in an idyllic 79-acre... more » Owner description: Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor general since 1867. This national historic site, situated in an idyllic 79-acre urban oasis, is located only a few minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau. « less
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Toronto, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We ended up at Rideau Hall after a walk around the city and had no idea it was open to the public for tours, and for free! What a pleasant surprise! It wasn't crowded at all and we moved through each room at our own pace. Each room on the self-guided tour has a guide who talks about the history... More

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Naika_St, Guest Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

An unexpected visit that turned out great, those are the best! We are happy you enjoyed your time at Rideau Hall, and hope to see you again in the future! More

Goffstown
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97 reviews 97 reviews
41 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Another treasure in Ottawa. The History and great guide made this tour a wonderful experience. History is fascinating and this hall was especially interesting as was watching a cricket match on the grounds.

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Naika_St, Guest Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

We are happy you enjoyed your visit to Rideau Hall, with a cricket match on our beautiful grounds as a nice bonus! More

Guelph, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

When you take a trip to Ottawa you have to visit this residence of the Governor General of Canada. Taking photos will not be allowed but it will still be worth your time and very educational. The staff are very friendly from the time you step in the property. Make sure you find time to watch the changing of the... More

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Naika_St, Guest Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

We are happy you enjoyed your visit of Rideau Hall and wish to thank you for your kind words. You were lucky to catch the Relief of Sentries performed by the Ceremonial Guard – the hourly ceremonies only take place between late June and late August each summer. More

Whitby, Ontario, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

A tour to Ridedau Hall was an eye opener and great experience. Very beautiful place with a lot of history

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Naika_St, Guest Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you! We hope to see you again at Rideau Hall! More

kitchener ontario
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Once again, if you want to feel truly Canadian, it is worth a trip to Rideau hall. As you wander through the spacious, well-kept grounds, you are able to read the names and times that various dignitaries have visited our great country. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to take a tour of the Hall, but we were able to take... More

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Lethbridge
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Rideau Hall has been renovated several times through the years at great expense. It is very well done with one exception. The "Tent" room is a hot mess. I would be embarrassed to show anyone that room. Don't miss the opportunity to view the grounds. The tour guides are very pleasant. Give yourself 2 hours to take advantage of all... More

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Naika_St, Guest Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We hope to be able to welcome you again at Rideau Hall, as there is so much to experience throughout the year! More

Nestleton, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Rainy day tour was the best - ended up with a private tour! The grounds are expansive and beautiful. Creative artistic talent to be seen in the house. So very proud to be a Canadian women! :)

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Naika_St, Guest Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

We are happy you were able to enjoy a quiet tour of the residence, as it can get quite busy in the summer months! We hope to be able to welcome you again the next time you visit the Ottawa area! More

Canberra, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

That we could get easy and free access to these beautiful grounds and the Hall is truly amazing. Our guided tour of the Hall was a tiny group with a knowledgeable guide, we learnt a lot. Such a lovely spot. I recommend taking a snack and wate as there are no refreshment facilities on hand. Other than this, excellent.

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Naika_St, Guest Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

We are happy you enjoyed your visit to Rideau Hall, and we thank you for your recommendation for other visitors. Bringing a picnic to enjoy on the grounds is encouraged! More

Australia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Rideau Hall is a stop on the hop-on-hop-off tour and a lovely place to visit. It is the residence of the Governor General of Canada. There are guards at the front gates that are like those at Buckingham Palace (the don't move). They do the changing of the guards every hour. We went on a free guided tour which was... More

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Naika_St, Guest Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for your review – these are really helpful tips for other visitors! The challenge with the hop-on-hop-off is always to try and see everything before the next bus arrives, and it seems you managed to do just that. We hope to welcome you back the next time you visit! More

North America
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I learned a lot about the place where the general governor lives. The tour guider explained a lot of details about the building and the rooms we visited. The guider was very nice and polite. The tour had no cost. No pictures were allowed to be taken which is reasonable. I would go back again and get another tour. The... More

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Naika_St, Guest Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and for complimenting your tour guide’s work! We will be happy to welcome you on site the next time you stop by! Psst – Pictures are allowed during our Open House, which takes place every day until September 1st, between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.. More

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