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Rideau Hall

1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
+1 866-842-4422
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Ranked #18 of 141 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: The home of every Governor General since 1867, this elegant 19th-century mansion is open to the public for tours of the home and surrounding grounds,... more » Owner description: The home of every Governor General since 1867, this elegant 19th-century mansion is open to the public for tours of the home and surrounding grounds, consisting of manicured gardens and recreational areas. « less
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143 reviews 143 reviews
13 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I loved the grounds, and on a summers day it is very relaxing to walk around looking at the famous names of people who have planted trees. I found the guided tour of the Governors house to be a little artificial and not time well spent. As you are also allowed to tour on your own at certain times if... More

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Chicago, IL
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The grounds are beautiful and worth a short visit. There is also a small changing of the guard ceremony every hour (I believe), though don't expect anything like the pomp on Parliament Hill. I also opted for the tour of Rideau Hall. The tour guide was knowledgeable and presented information about the building, the office of the Governor General and... More

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Perth, Australia
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24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

try and visit when open day and allowed to take photos inside. Magnificent rooms and furniture, huge grounds, cricket pitches nearby - unexpected sight!

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Durham, North Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
37 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I am very happy that I took the time to visit Rideau Hall. The grounds are beautiful, with some 10,000 trees. You’ll probably see one planted by a person you know – Queen Elizabeth II, for example. Plaques mark many of the trees and indicate who planted them and gives the species. I saw a fox on the grounds –... More

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Montreal, Canada
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129 reviews 129 reviews
54 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This was my first visit with a tour, and as a former teacher, I was very impressed with our cheerful and knowledgeable guide, Myriam. The home of the Governor General is understated, but grand, with many lovely portraits and Canadian landscape paintings. The free, 45 minute tour is well worth the time. You will come away better informed about Canada's... More

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DON MILLS
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

On the weekends there is open house at Rideau Hall and its free. This mansion has wonderful paintings,artifacts, period furnishings and historical photos. The guides are knowledgeable about all aspects of the mansion. The grounds are open daily and well worth visiting. The changing of the guard takes place hourly and is worthwhile watching. One woman said it was a... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The tour of Rideau Hall is very interesting and the guides have a wealth of knowledge. This is a great piece of Canadian heritage. Even if you don't want to go on the tour, I'd recommend going just to tour the grounds. It truly is a beautiful place. (A particular favourite for me was seeing which foreign dignitaries planted which... More

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Staines, United Kingdom
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312 helpful votes 312 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

So nice to have a free tourist destination and such informative guides. the public rooms of the governor are sumptuous and some of the art and furniture is beautiful and historically relevant. The portrait gallery is a bit pretentious but the other artworks are great and representative of Canadian artists.. The lawns and gardens are also perfectly maintained and symbolic... More

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Toronto, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

what a beautiful setting. the grounds are gorgeous and the free tour inside the home of the governer general was very well presented.

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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We visited Rideau Hall for the first time recently. The tour was free and the tour guide was excellent. It was very interesting to see the residence of the Governor General and learn the history of the building. The grounds are very nice. It is a very restful way to spend a few hours. The only difficulty is a lack... More

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