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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 #15 of 98 Attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Gardens, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Ice skating
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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.

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69 reviews 69 reviews
16 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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3 attraction reviews
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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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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259 attraction reviews
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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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Quebec City, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The park is big and you forget that your in a city. Take the free tour of the governor's house, it's worth the wait.

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Vancouver, Canada
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19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We had a wonderful visit. It was relaxing as well as interesting to walk in the garden and to look at the trees planted by royalties and head of states. We then had our private tour by a lovely tour guide who knew a lot about the residence, and the previous occupants, and her enthusiasm was infectious. Spent a lovely... More

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Montreal, Canada
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Just your typical mall but quite big, a lot of variety. Ottawa is not THE best shopping destination in the area but the Rideau Hall is probably the best place in Ottawa for shopping..!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Our guide was very knowledgable and informative. We enjoyed our tour and were surprised that it was free. It is also nice to walk around the grounds. Definitely worth a visit. a

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Walk the grounds and relax with a picnic. This may be the Gov. General of Canada's residence and grounds, but everyone is welcome to walk the grounds. Just a very lovely place.

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