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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1 Sussex Dr | 1, Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sister received The Order of Canada, bestowed by the Governor General, here, at the official residence. My husband and I were among a few select guests at this auspicious occasion. At he reception following, we took see-tours of public rooms, where guides stood answering...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

Book ahead and take the tour, usually about 15 people in a group, bilingual. Such interesting history and opulence.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MOrfitt2014
KimVisitorServices, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

We are happy you enjoyed your visit at Rideau Hall, and we thank you for taking the time to write a review!

Reviewed September 26, 2018

What a lovely place, It's so nice to see where the Governor General of Canada lives and works. It's my second time visiting and I learned a lot more on this visit. It was sad that the portrait of Queen E2 was gone, but still...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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KimVisitorServices, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2018

We are really happy that you enjoyed your second visit! We appreciate positive comments like yours, and we will pass the message along to Chanel. Thank you for taking a few minutes to write a review!

Reviewed September 23, 2018

We thought we were being taken to join another tour in progress, but ended up with a private tour with Sara, who was so full of knowledge! The “tent room” and the story behind it was most interesting.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Janet H
KimVisitorServices, Assistant at Rideau Hall at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know of your positive experience at Rideau Hall, and for complimenting your tour guide’s work! We are so happy to know that you especially enjoyed touring the beautiful and history-filled tent room.

Reviewed September 10, 2018

Rideau Hall is a beautiful building with gorgeous grounds, in a stunning position - what else for the Governor of Canada. And it’s free! There is a great collection of trees,mostly map,es and oaks, I believe, and is unsurpassed when the leaves begin to turn....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Maytrea
ChanelVisitorService, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2018

We are so pleased to know that you had such a great time visiting Rideau Hall. I agree, the grounds are truly breathtaking at this time of year. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for recommending us to other visitors!

Reviewed September 10, 2018

Wonderful grounds, over 10,000 Maple and Oak trees and the interior of the residence is small but spectacular,especially the ballroom and reception room for state dinners with visiting heads of state.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Flyer1949
ChanelVisitorService, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2018

Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time visiting Rideau Hall and we hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed September 5, 2018

The beauty of the architecture out ways the mass of people - this should be a place on your list to visit

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Grahme W
ChanelVisitorService, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2018

Thank you for your recommendation to other visitors! We hope to see you again at Rideau Hall!

Reviewed September 4, 2018

Be sure to take the guided tour, won't enjoy otherwise. They have the tours in English & French, we took the one in English. Not sure if you will find this on their website, so please call and plan ahead.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AGeeKay
ChanelVisitorService, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2018

We are happy you enjoyed your visit at Rideau Hall, and we thank you for your recommendation to other visitors! We also have information about tours on our website gg.ca.-Thanks again!

Reviewed August 31, 2018

I turned up here on a whim while I had a few hours to spare in Ottawa. The grounds were beautiful to wander around and it was great to see the history of important people having planted trees in the grounds. Tours of Rideau Hall...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Charlotte L
ChanelVisitorService, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and for complimenting your tour guide’s work! We are glad you enjoyed yourself and couldn't agree more that the grounds are beautiful. We hope to be welcome you again the next time you are visiting...More

Reviewed August 29, 2018

As U S citizens we don't know much about Canada's government positions. This hall is the home of the governor General (I hope I remembered the title correctly). The current person in the office is a woman and she reports directly to the queen. What...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Linda M
MarieVisitorServices, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we are glad that you enjoyed your time on the grounds of Rideau Hall. You were lucky to catch the Sentries from the Ceremonial Guard – they will only be back next June. Thanks again!

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Devarati G
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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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
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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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