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“Walking Tour - Starting at City Hall”
Review of Kingston City Hall

Kingston City Hall
Ranked #7 of 96 things to do in Kingston
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A prominent landmark on the Kingston waterfront since 1844, City Hall is the symbolic centre of the community's civic government and administration. Originally designed by architect George Browne when Kingston was the capital of the United Province of Canada, City Hall is one of finest 19th century buildings in Canada and a nationally designated heritage site. Learn more about Kingston City Hall's fascinating history, beautiful architecture - and about the intriguing people, events and stories associated with this national historic site. Those interested in heritage architecture will also enjoy the newly-opened Heritage Resource Centre in the Market Square wing. In 2016, free guided tours are offered weekdays from May 16 through Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed statutory holidays) and weekends from May 24 through Aug. 28. Tours begin at the main entrance of City Hall off Ontario Street.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking
Ontario, Canada
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“Walking Tour - Starting at City Hall”
Reviewed August 12, 2011

A free attraction - really! This was actually my favourite part of my visit to Kingston this week. Across the street from City Hall is the quaint old train station which is now a tourist information site and mini store... that is where we found the booklet titled 'In Sir John A.'s Footsteps '. The tour began at the historic and beautiful City Hall... a building you can't help but find. The booklet takes you along some of the beautiful historic streets of old Kingston for about an hour giving you insight of Canada's first Prime Minister's life. Its not a short walk, but its not too long either - wear comfortable shoes. I am not sure of the distance; I'll add a link. What I loved were the old homes and buildings and enjoying the details at my pace rather than just driving by. (I later learned that you can pick up a pre-loaded MP3 player with the audio version of the tour from the tourist info site - et aussi en francais.)
http://www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/culture/heritage/macdonald/tour/

City Hall offers tours in May - Sept (10am-4pm weekdays - weekends July/Aug) and free access to Canada's first parliament building. At the reception desk you can find free walking tour pamphlets: William Street, Earl Street, King Street, Architects John and Joseph Power, and Ontario Street... each gives you an opportunity to enjoy bits of Kingston's great history as our first capital city. Also, along the way and in season, you will find a number of buildings which offer 'guide on site' access to the history of the buildings.

Since the tour started and ended at City Hall you can have pre or post-walk lunch/dinner at the charming cafes, pubs and little restaurants which surround the area. And if you are there on Thursday, like we were, enjoy the local farmers market. This is also just across the street from the park and departure docks if you are taking one of the sightseeing cruises.

Visited July 2011
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