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Bellevue House National Historic Site

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Glimpse into the Past

I was lucky enough to visit the Bellevue House during the Canada 150 celebration, where there was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Megan S
A fascinating glimpse into the life of John A.

My review is tempered somewhat by the fact that the house itself was closed for renovations, and... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2018
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A rare and fine example in Canada of Italianate villa architecture, Bellevue was home to Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister. Today, the house is a national historic site, commemorating Macdonald's contribution to the development of...more
35 Centre St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4E5, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I was lucky enough to visit the Bellevue House during the Canada 150 celebration, where there was free admission. It is a truly beautiful location with a wonderfully maintained property including apple trees and gardens. Staff were very friendly and loved explaining the history of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 20, 2018

Although we did research prior to going, we were not aware that the prime minister’s residence is closed this year for repair. Their were tour guides in period costume who were quite knowledgeable and answered our questions. You can also look into the windows of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

My review is tempered somewhat by the fact that the house itself was closed for renovations, and our tour was confined to the grounds, including the orchard and garden. That, however, was enjoyable, with a knowledgeable interpreter to guide us. Any Canadian, regardless of his/her...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

We had to fill in about an hour before going on a boat cruise. Although the house was closed for renovations we were given a delightful tour by our guide named Claya. She was very knowledgeable about John A MacDonald and went out of her...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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GBOEFU, Guest Relations Manager at Bellevue House National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

Thank you for the review Anne-Marie G, we are glad you could explore the gardens of Bellevue House.

Reviewed August 23, 2018

We loved our visit. This house is incredibly interesting in design and the connection to John MacDonald made it even more so. Good guides, lovely heritage garden

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

While we were like others who were disappointed that the house was not open, the tour, led by Colleen, was very interesting and informative. As non-Canadians, we appreciated learning about both the history of the house and the life and times of John McDonald.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 9, 2018

Was interesting to learn about the life of Canada's first Prime Minister and how he and his wife lived and entertained the country's founding members. Learned about how his wife was quite ill and how that affected their lives. Also found it interesting that there...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

The house on the outside was very beautiful, as well as the grounds and gardens, which you could wander about in. Although the house was under restoration, which was a bit dissapointing, we still enjoyed ourseleves wandering around.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 29, 2018

Unfortunately, Bellevue house was closed for renovations. However, decided to take a guided tour since it was part of the K Pass. The tour guide provided an excellent background/history of Bellevue House (including the gardens) and the visitors centre did have some items on display...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

There are some Reno's going on at the Bellevue house, however you can still wander the grounds. The staff are incredibly knowledge! The Gardner's know stuff about all the plants they grow, plus the historical significance of each. Aside from the garden, there is the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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July 28, 2018|
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Response from caledon2016 | Reviewed this property |
Since this is a heritage building and government is involved.... Hopefully later in the summer. It's still worth a visit as there is a visitors' centre and a property tour and the resource people and guides are excellent.
martha m
June 11, 2017|
Response from travellingon60 | Reviewed this property |
They have a website you can check. Think 10.00 but could be 900. Free parking, free admission this year as it is managed under Parks Canada. There are tours every 20 minutes. At visitors centre their is all sorts of info... More
martha m
May 21, 2017|
Response from seeker44 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is