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Rideau Hall

1 Sussex Dr | 1, Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
+1 866-842-4422
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Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor general since 1867. This national historic site, situated in an idyllic 79-acre urban oasis, is located only a few minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1 Sussex Dr | 1, Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
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"governor general"
in 44 reviews
"trees planted"
in 31 reviews
"tent room"
in 26 reviews
"official residence"
in 16 reviews
"rose garden"
in 13 reviews
"public rooms"
in 8 reviews
"open house"
in 7 reviews
"visiting dignitaries"
in 6 reviews
"foreign dignitaries"
in 6 reviews
"grounds are amazing"
in 5 reviews
"open to the public"
in 14 reviews
"guided tour"
in 26 reviews
"canadian history"
in 21 reviews
"free tour"
in 16 reviews
"sussex drive"
in 7 reviews
"lots of history"
in 8 reviews
"beautiful park"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For my intermediate trip, We went to Ottawa and visited some iconic places like this. My tour guide Alana was a amazing, knowing person that answered all my questions and taught me a lot. She also reminded me of Mary Popin which was another plus!...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anyone interested in Canadian politics and their residential amenities should have a look. Interesting how only a few streets from this is a normal, modest neighbourhood where any Canadian could be living.

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MarieVisitorServices, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We are happy that you enjoyed your visit. You're right, Rideau Hall's location in New Edinburgh is quite unique, and it is a beautiful neighborhood. Thanks again, and we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The home of Canada’s Governor General is one of the best tours in Ottawa. The grounds are amazing and filled with history and the tour of the residence reminds you of the significance of this position. Amazingly, it’s free and the tour guides (university students)...More

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MarieVisitorServices, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know about your positive experience at Rideau Hall. We are very glad that you enjoyed your visit with one of our guides! We try our best to reward their outstanding contribution, but comments and...More

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Reviewed April 18, 2018 via mobile

Canada’s House is delightfully located on 84+ acres replete with walking patches and gardens. The interior is subject to a constantly changing display of our great artists which means every trip to Ottawa should include the GG’s home. The hosts throughout are gracious and knowledgeable,...More

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MarieVisitorServices, Visitor Services Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your positive experience at Rideau Hall and for complimenting your tour guide’s work! We are so glad that you enjoyed the exhibit on the Canadian Honours System. We hope to be welcome...More

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Reviewed April 16, 2018

Lots of amazing artwork and design/architecture. Be aware that you must go through security, just like at the airport, so make sure you don't have anything in your pockets that you shouldn't.

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MarieVisitorServices, Visitor Services Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2018

Thank you for your review! We are happy to know that you enjoyed Rideau Hall's interiors and collections, which are a reflection of the nation’s history. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed April 8, 2018

Definitely worth a visit to see Rideau hall, and the artwork. Call ahead to book a free ticket, and reserve your spot The tour is about 1 hour, which is a good length. There's a public skating rink on site in the winter. No on-site...More

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MarieVisitorServices, Visitor Services Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know about your positive experience at Rideau Hall. We are very glad that you enjoyed your visit! As the weather warms up we do get busier, however there are plenty of residential streets to...More

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Reviewed April 1, 2018

Such a special location. Everyone should try a visit whether for a picnic, a movie, summer festival or cricket. The grounds are ideally maintained & the trees have historical plaques stating the names & year of dedication by world leaders.More

Thank Norm W
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MarieVisitorServices, Visitor Services Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know of your positive experience on the grounds of Rideau Hall and for suggesting us as a key site to visit in Ottawa! Did you know that we have guided tours year-round? Simply call...More

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Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

Had a tour with a large group. The Buildings on the grounds are amazing. Remind me a lot of Europe. The tour we had I thought it was rushed. What an interesting place to see where a governor general lives and works.

Thank John C
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MarieVisitorServices, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback regarding your visit, and we apologize that the tour seemed rushed. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed Rideau Hall`s architecture, it is truly filled with history. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

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Reviewed March 2, 2018 via mobile

We walked the grounds and saw the changing of the guards - it was such a treat. As a result we decided to take the tour of the hall. Really glad we stopped by. It was a quick tour but worth it. The tent room...More

Thank Shirley W
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MarieVisitorServices, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2018

Unexpected visits that turn out great are always are the best! I We are especially glad that you enjoyed seeing the Ceremonial Guards, who are posted at Sussex Gate during the summer months! We are glad you enjoyed your visit at Rideau Hall, and hope...More

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Reviewed February 15, 2018

When you are in Ottawa, you must take a trip down Sussex Dr to see Rideau Hall. Better to see during the spring and summer months to take in the beautiful grounds. Take time to visits the numerous amount of trees planted in the area...More

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MarieVisitorServices, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know of your positive experience on the grounds of Rideau Hall and for suggesting us as a key site to visit in Ottawa! We have guided tours year-round, simply call our office and we...More

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devarati
May 7, 2018|
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Response from Caanaadaa | Reviewed this property |
No entry fee, but you have to call ahead to reserve. I don't remember if we had to show ID or not. No parking, so you park on a street in the general neighbourhood and then walk to Rideau Hall.
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KathyWinnipeg
May 3, 2017|
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Response from MarieVisitorServices | Property representative |
Hello! There is street parking available in the neighbourhood. We recommend the area around the MacKay/Union St. intersection, which is close to one of the pedestrian access gates to the grounds. Street parking in this area... More
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Gerry G
December 23, 2016|
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Response from MarieVisitorServices | Property representative |
Good morning, Thank you for inquiring about our public program at Rideau Hall. While there will not be a public event on the occasion of January 1st, we will host our annual Winter Celebration on January 28th. This event is... More
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