We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Notre Dame Basilica

Closed Now: 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Book In Advance

Start Date
End Date
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (700)
All photos (700)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“stained glass”(42 reviews)
“pipe organ”(15 reviews)
This beautiful and ornate gothic-style cathedral is recognized by its twin spires.
Closed Now
Hours Today: 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
See all hours
385 Sussex Dr. | at Guigues Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5H5, Canada
Byward Market Area
+1 613-241-7496
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Ottawa
from $105.85
More Info
from $18.66
More Info
from $27.76
More Info
Reviews (1,202)
Filter reviews
831 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews beautiful church stained glass pipe organ blue ceiling bilingual mass light a candle attend mass national gallery amazing architecture across the street worth a visit byward market parliament hill worship ornate prayer priest
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 831 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This building is beyond beautiful. The art and architecture are stunning. It’s free to go in, there are no tours, but it’s absolutely worth going to see.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 846samanthaf
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful church with amazing stained glass windows. Beautiful altar and easily located near the Byward Market and the art gallery

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank TamiH0106
Reviewed February 17, 2019

Been here several times and often time will take visitors to the city to this Ottawa landmark. A beautiful structure.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank whileitravel
Reviewed February 11, 2019 via mobile

Undoubtedly one of the nicest church buildings I've ever visited. The ceiling is magnificent and the organ is stunning. I was lucky to attend a bilingual Mass at the basilica which was a great experience. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jmil6
Reviewed February 6, 2019

You gave to try to get in, it won't take long to visit, look up at the ceiling and the pipe organ. If you are lucky or if you plan well, you could appreciate the acoustic if a choral is shinning.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Marie G
Reviewed January 25, 2019

Very lovely church. The very front door was locked and we were glad we decided to check the side door. We visited right after going to the Gallery. Was directly across the street. Lit candles and made donations.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GoPlaces10647
Reviewed January 17, 2019

This outside of this church is very simmilar to Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal. So, the interior was more interesting for me instead of the view of the outside building. My overall score is 65 out of 100.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Navid A
Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

Great church with magnificent arts inside. Centralized in down town Montreal where you can enjoy walking and trying different restaurants.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 40hanys
Reviewed January 3, 2019

Such a beautiful church. Attended it when there was a mass going on. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990. The site was originally home to the small wooden St. Jacques Church built in 1832. This structure was destroyed in 1841...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank SamreenAhsanCanada
Reviewed December 23, 2018

Every year the Basilica offers the venue for a Christmas Concert. This year the theme was ‘Around the World’ with the choir singing songs from all over the world plus a ladies group from England and a high school choir from Nepean High School. It...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DeannaH283
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 73 nearby hotels
ByWard Blue Inn
936 reviews
.27 miles away
Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa Downtown
987 reviews
.27 miles away
Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market
1,143 reviews
.28 miles away
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
3,742 reviews
.33 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 3,220 nearby restaurants
Fatboys Southern Smokehouse
453 reviews
.08 miles away
Fiazza Fresh Fired
372 reviews
.12 miles away
Mantovani 1946
87 reviews
.12 miles away
The Senate Tavern
141 reviews
.13 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 622 nearby attractions
National Gallery of Canada
2,839 reviews
.11 miles away
Nepean Point
105 reviews
.13 miles away
Peacekeeping Monument
59 reviews
.08 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
August 2, 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Spitfire346 | Reviewed this property |
Most of the time,but not during services or too late in the day.
Adela J
July 16, 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from RestaurantAholic | Reviewed this property |
No fees to pay. You may make a donation.