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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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Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We visited the Peace Tour (free of charge) which gave a birds-eye view of Ottawa in four directions. The information panels helped to identify buildings or give a bit of history. Even when the clock just above us struck noon, we could barely hear the chimes, which was a good thing for our visitor who was sound sensitive. Guides, security,... More

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The daily changing of the guard in July and August is a must see. It's free and takes place at 9.45am. Parliament building is beautiful and worth a tour

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Merrimack, NH
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Walking around the parliament hill was fun. The buildings are very interesting. The new buildings are interesting although an interesting contrast. As with old cities there was a lot of renovation going on with the old parliament buildings and a lot of new construction going on. Still there was much to gawk at.

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Orillia, Canada
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We watched the Changing of the Guard (which was ok, like a mini version of London, UK). We were then directed across the street to get our tickets for a guided tour through the parliament buildings. Tours are offered in French or English and are free. The tour is 45-60 minutes and the last stop on it is the Peace... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We arrived the tourist centre (90 Wellington St.) at 9:45am for the free tour tickets, the earliest tours we got were the 10:45am tour for the East block, and the lady gave us the 11:50am tour for the Centre block, which was okay as we could walk around outside of the parliament buildings for pictures. Behind the centre block of... More

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Kirriemuir
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Had an amazing light show at the Parliament building. Started at 2230 hrs and lasted for an hour. Lazer lights were outstanding. This is a nightly show which ends in September

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Peterborough, ON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We didn't get inside the building, but we were at the Centennial Flame late afternoon, and at 10 pm. Many people were milling about the flame at night, as there were many people wandering Wellington Street at night. Many had come from the nearby/recent fireworks. It was beautiful, seeing all the historical buildings lit up at night, in the area.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We came late to Ottawa and decided to roam and walked in front of the Parliament building. The place is very nice and quite we felt so safe walking around downtown. RCMP/cop are all the place. Changing of the guard is show to forward to including the parade.

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Surrey, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the tour around Parliament and then went up the Peace tower, from where we could enjoy city views and keep dry. It's good that visitors can book tickets, and then explore the city until the given time. The guides seemed fairly knowledgeable and answered the visitors' questions well.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Beautiful architecture and a brief history lesson on Canada in the tours of both the grounds and the interior. Don't miss the Library which is also the only room in the place which wasn't burnt during the fire in 1916. This room is built round so its walls do not touch any other walls in the building. Amazing room with... More

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