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Address: 1 Sussex Dr | 1, Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 866-842-4422
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor...

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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Gorgeous setting

Our tour guide took us to Rideau Hall fir a brief look round. The day was crisp and bright after a snow shower which meant that the grounds looked spectacular. Great for a short... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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Ottawa, Canada
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47 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hello folks, the family visited The Governor General's historic residence while in the park witnessing the Military Tattoo that entertains in May. When I say visited the residence, I mean we only saw a portion of the front lobby areas really. We gained entrance at the back/side of the building and joined a short lineup. We were subjected to security... More 

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Good afternoon Ben, Thank you very much for taking a few minutes to send us feedback regarding your experience of Rideau Hall last May. The Military Tattoo was a first for our public program so I am glad to hear that you were able to witness it surrounded by your family. Thank you also for commenting on your experience of... More 

Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour guide took us to Rideau Hall fir a brief look round. The day was crisp and bright after a snow shower which meant that the grounds looked spectacular. Great for a short visit.

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Thank VirgoLady19
Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your great review. I can't agree more with you — the grounds are absolutely gorgeous at this time of the year! A real winter paradise! Maybe next time you are in Ottawa you could make reservations to have a guided tour inside the residence. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and his family arrived in Ottawa from Winnipeg to attend the Governor General's Decoration of Bravery ceremony a few weeks ago. My husband was one of the 43 recipients of the Medal of Bravery award. Rideau Hall is stunning! All the history, the crown molding, the paintings the PLANTS very cozy. Everyone there was just so friendly, so... More 

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

On behalf of our entire events and visitors services teams, we thank you for sharing your positive experience with us. What a glowing review! We are glad that you felt like you were treated like royalty during your visit — this is the standard that we want to uphold for all recipients of honours like your husband. We thank your... More 

Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a lovely house in pleasant grounds and we enjoyed our visit. However if your time is short I would by-pass this attraction.

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your positive review. I do agree that it is worth spending a little bit more time at Rideau Hall in order to walk around the vast grounds and gardens and to join a guided tour (45 minutes). There is a lot to see! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I went with a friend from out of town and had a nice time in the hall. The gardens are also lovely and we had a nice walk.

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

We are very happy to know that you enjoyed walking around the grounds of Rideau Hall! The property has its charm in every season: did you think of coming during a winter weekend to skate on our historic skating rink? More 

Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

It was my second time at Rideau Hall in August 2016. I enjoyed viewing the estate and touring the Governor General`s residence. It was so fancy and ornate :) The estate feels very English with large green lawns and gardens. It is definitely a beautiful place to have a nice picnic and enjoy the peaceful scenery as well :) Overall,... More 

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

We are happy you enjoyed your visit at Rideau Hall, and we thank you for your recommendation to other visitors! More 

Quebec, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

We visited with a group and the guide was very good. Each room was well explained. The grounds were the most interesting to see.

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are happy that you enjoyed your visit at Rideau Hall. More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We arrived in Ottawa from Toronto to attend the Governor General's Decoration of Bravery ceremony this past Friday morning. My husband was one of the 41 recipients of the Medal of Bravery award. To start Rideau Hall is so historic and beautiful and should be enjoyed and shared when visiting the Ottawa area. The staff during the event were nothing... More 

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking a minute to share your experience with us! One of the most special functions of Rideau Hall is to celebrate individuals like your husband who deserve to be honoured! We are therefore so happy to learn that you family was able to make great memories at Rideau Hall and that you enjoyed every second... More 

Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Lots of History here. Beautiful grounds and building. A must see while visiting Ottawa. You must follow a tour guide. Set times for English or French language tours.

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Elise_L_RH, Guest Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

We are happy you enjoyed your visit at Rideau Hall, and we thank you for your recommendation to other visitors! More 

Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Both locals and visitors should experience Rideau Hall closer than a drive by in front of its grounds. There are tours that can be taken, as well as events on the grounds throughout the year. I was fortunate enough to be invited to an event inside Rideau Hall.

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and connected with the site's story — and what a privilege to have been able to come for an official ceremony! We look forward to seeing you again! More 

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