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Parliament Hill and Buildings

Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6, Canada
613-996-0896
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Ranked #3 of 144 Attractions in Ottawa
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Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Three Gothic Revival-style buildings, located on a 170-foot bluff overlooking the Ottawa River, house the offices of the members of Parliament, the... more » Owner description: Three Gothic Revival-style buildings, located on a 170-foot bluff overlooking the Ottawa River, house the offices of the members of Parliament, the House of Commons and the Senate. Free guided tours delve into Canadian history and explain the workings of the political system. « less
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Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We took in the Changing of the Guard, a half hour experience of pomp and bag pipes. The whole show is very nicely put on. We got there fifteen minutes early to get a front view, and the Guard did not disappoint. After, we did the free, fast tour of the Peace Tower, a simpler walk and elevator ride to... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

All buildings in this area seem to be taken from some medieval fairy tale: green roofs and mold-like greyish walls, a tower in the middle and a large space in front of it. The military ceremony in front of the Parliament resembles the one at Buckingham Palace in London (take umbrellas with you in case of rain forecast). It's worth... More

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Eybens, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Free Access, Tour in English or French. Very friendly guide. It is a monument to see without hesitation

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Really imposing but impressive building. There was a Parliamentary function whilst we were there, with numerous dignitaries attending, so security was present but not overbearing. We walked all around the area which was clean and well maintained unlike some other big cities. Well worth a visit!

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We saw the sound and light show at the Parliament Building and it was wonderfully done. It lasts about 45 minutes and is well worth seeing.

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Love the capital buildings! Definitely check out an inside tour of it if you get an opportunity. The view of the city from the peace tour is awesome and you can get great pictures from up there

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Makes a photogenic city from both sides of the river having the Parliament buildings standing out. We parked in the city centre and had a wander around the area - there is a nice park with a few interesting sights opposite the Parliament buildings; but we didn't go inside (or try to so maybe you can't anyway!) Always good to... More

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Architecturally, historically, artistically a masterpiece. I visit whenever I can. However, when they say it is a 40 minute tour, it actually took closer to an hour plus what with security screening, etc. Also note that the peace tower is not part of the tour. Make sure you plan the time for a line up there. The views from the... More

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

After witnessing the changing of the guard by the "redcoats" in the front of the Parliament building - which was a surreal experience for a couple from London UK - we began our English speaking tour. Our guide was very good and the tour was informative, useful and genuinely interesting. At the end we went up the Peace Tower -... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

A must see place , Very educational about the Canadian history . beautiful building and architecture .. guided tours .. One has to go early in the morning like 8:30 to get free tickets that are handed out , first come first served , and they don't last for too long , can't get them for the next day ,... More

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