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Old City Hall

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Address: 60 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M3, Canada
Phone Number: 416 338 0338

Castle-like building, built in 1899 in the Romanesque Revival style,...

Castle-like building, built in 1899 in the Romanesque Revival style, features a clock tower, "Friends of Old City Hall" exhibit and a War Memorial.

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An old gem in a new city

We stumbled upon the Old City Hall during our tour of Toronto and was really taken a back by it. In a city which is full of shiny skyscrapers and lots of things which are new... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled upon the Old City Hall during our tour of Toronto and was really taken a back by it. In a city which is full of shiny skyscrapers and lots of things which are new modern in their style, to find something which was more historical was a great treat. It helps shows the origins of this enormous city... More 

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Bremen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The old city hall is located right next to the new one, which makes a nice contrast since the old city hall was based on former architecture. The building itself looks nice from far, but when taking a look closer one can notice that there is a great mixture of designs on it.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

This is one large space for kids to run around and of course explore the giant Toronto letters. It is the place to enjoy a lunch in the summer or a great ice skating at night in the winter. It is to bad the City Hall is not as clean and well kept but with time this is one plaza... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Grand European-style building with beautiful architecture. Perhaps the best view of the building is from Nathan Phillips Square across the street.

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Norman, OK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

No one told us to visit this building. It was not on the Hop On Hop Off city tour, or event ironed mentioned as being down the street from Eaton Place, when we passed that shopping mall. It was, however, a very impressive old build that sits next to Nathan Phillips Square and the new city hall building. It impressive,... More 

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I don't know of any other city that has both a old city hall and a new city hall right next to each other. Unfortunately you cannot go inside this impressive building but there is lots to see and take in on this building. Look out for the many gargoyles!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

The Old City Hall is a stately building that thankfully was allowed to stand when the new City Hall was built! Definitely deserves a look. Bring your camera! This is one gorgeous City Hall!

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Regina, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

The building looks very historic and majestic from the outside, so today we tried to go inside to look. We were stopped at the security desk and the guards really discouraged anyone from entering. There was a lovely stained glass window directly behind the security desk that I wanted to get a picture of but was told pictures were no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Went back for a much needed dose of nostalgia :) .... Has not changed much. Loved the architecture and gargoyles on the building.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Every time I go there, it reminds me of when I was in my Europe tour. Especially in Germany (MarinePLatz) Great location as well. Next to shopping malls.

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