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Address: University Ave. | (at Queen's Park Crescent), Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A2, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-325-7500
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Opened in 1893, this Richardson Romanesque styled building is the seat of...

Opened in 1893, this Richardson Romanesque styled building is the seat of Ontario's Legislative Assembly. Frequent free tours offered throughout the year (closed weekends winter - open 7 days per week summer). View web site for visitation information and program details.

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Great free tour

We stumbled onto this tour and it was great. First, the security staff was very friendly and our guide was very knowledgeable. The building is beautiful and a nice quiet break... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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Weirton, WV

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Stunning example of Romanesque Revival architecture at the top end of University Avenue, the city's 'grand boulevard'. Very unique design compared with many other North American provincial or state legislatures. The inside is equally spectacular and the tours are excellent.

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Weirton, WV
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We stumbled onto this tour and it was great. First, the security staff was very friendly and our guide was very knowledgeable. The building is beautiful and a nice quiet break for the busy streets of Toronto. Overall about 25 minutes and lots of interesting facts on Canadian/Toronto government.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

If you have any interest in architecture, history, or politics come here. Even if you don't have those interests come and learn something about the place you are visiting. While I wouldn't recommend the tour for families with small children, there were quite a few families in our tour group. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We opted out of the tour, but popped in to see this beautiful building. It is a terrific photo stop, both inside and outside of the building. If on foot, as we were, see the building from both the outside and go in - even just to see the main interior.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The free 30-minute tour was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable about Ontario's system of government and he took us onto the floor of the assembly room.

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Halifax, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

They offer free tours every hour for most of the year and every half hour in the summer months. The tour is very short, 20 minutes. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgable. We didn't see the chambers itself but the legislature was sitting the day I toured. I couldn't attend, unfortunately as I had to catch a flight. Photography... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

While the one hour tour of the legislature building is very interesting, what made the visit special was the special "Victorian Tea and Tour" event booked on line. I found it just by chance on their website when looking for tour hours. It appears that it is a special event four times in the Spring and four times in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I recently visited the Ontario Legislative Building. It is a remarkably beautiful building in downtown Toronto. Well worth a visit during your Toronto trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 via mobile

OK so you wouldn't rush here first when you arrive in Toronto, but don't just walk by it. The architecture of this building is simply amazing and is situated in the most beautiful parkland setting. The staff were just lovely, from the man who greeted you at the front entrance, to the lovely tour guide who showed you inside this... More 

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

but this would rate as the worst parliament tour i have ever done. The guide and other staff, including security, were helpful and friendly but tour content was crap. Imagine. A tour of a parliament and not showing you the chamber!

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David B, Communications Officer at Ontario Legislative Building, responded to this review

Thank you for contributing a review about Ontario's Legislative Building. Sorry to hear you had a bad experience during your visit. At times, the Legislative Chamber is not available for our public tours if there are other booked education programs already occupying that space, or if the Legislature is in session. Our staff usually advise whether the Chamber will be... More 

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