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Rideau Hall

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Address: 1 Sussex Drive | 1, Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 866-842-4422
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Ice skating
Description: Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor...
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.
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It was last summer so the place was open for visitors, nice grounds and gardens. A young guide presented well the art pieces and official rooms as well explaining to foreign... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
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Orleans
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

It was last summer so the place was open for visitors, nice grounds and gardens. A young guide presented well the art pieces and official rooms as well explaining to foreign visitors what the G.G. was . An official residence on the samll side but well adapted to the official role of His Excellency.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is my second time getting to visit rideau hall. The building decorated with a great assortment of artwork and furniture. As well the tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

It was interesting to see this stately, official residence on a lovely spring day. The tours guides were wonderful explaining the significance of the place, as well as the role of the Governor General. I was really impressed with the grounds being fully open to the public as well since many were out picnicking and enjoying the day. The tour... More 

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Ellenville, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a beautiful residence. Being a host to official functions not everything is viewable. Slightly more modern than I would've expected.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

If you ever get invited, don't pass this up The staff are courteous and helpful. The entire event was top-notch! Beautiful setting and the Governor General, David Johnston was very engaged and made great efforts to welcome many of the participants personally and took the time to speak to anyone who introduces themselves.

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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We walked to Rideau Hall via Sussex Avenue on a lovely fall day. It was worth the walk there. There are plaques by the trees indicating who they had been planted by - heads of state for various countries. We did not do an inside tour, but thoroughly enjoyed walking around the grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

historic plaques throughout the park area, which were very interesting . Cricket matches, family events, teddy bears picnics and movies in the summer evenings. you can take a picnic, walk play baseball, throw Frisbees or just sit and enjoy the beautiful grounds . A people place despite the fact that it is an important and private residence for the Queens... More 

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Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

we arrived off the site seeing bus in the morning. Due to an event that was ongoing we could only see the grounds but they were very well presented. Better info at the gate may have stopped us visiting the grounds and we may have seen the house later

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Kamloops, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Booked a tour to see Rideau Hall. We met at the fountain out front and our guide met us right on time. He was very good and knew the answers to all the questions he was asked. He took us through a few rooms and explained the history of the hall and what the rooms were and are used for.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We had an enjoyable visit and tour of this significant residence in Ottawa. Very informative lecture packed in a 45 minute tour. Compared to other similar residences, this property is on the simple but elegant side. Of course who does not like the Tent Room, my favorite of all? If you have enough time, check the trees on the grounds... More 

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