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Rideau Hall

Address: 1 Sussex Drive | 1, Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 866-842-4422
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Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
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Ranked #15 of 119 Attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Gardens, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Ice skating
Owner description: Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor...
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Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Gardens, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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 urban oasis, is located only a few minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau.
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English first
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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70 reviews 70 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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289 attraction reviews
994 helpful votes 994 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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