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“Great destination for history & architecture buffs alike”

Bellevue House National Historic Site
Ranked #5 of 96 things to do in Kingston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A rare and fine example in Canada of Italianate villa architecture, Bellevue was home to Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister. Today, the house is a national historic site, commemorating Macdonald's contribution to the development of Canada. Bel example rare au Canada de villa de style italianisant, Bellevue a été la demeure de sir John A. Macdonald, premier des premiers ministres du Canada. Aujourd'hui lieu historique national, elle commémore la contribution de Macdonald à l'essor du Canada.
Ottawa, Canada
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41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great destination for history & architecture buffs alike”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

The Italianate/Italian Villa style of architecture here is really interesting and definitely unique to still be standing in this era, in this region. The multiple stairwells, combine with the shape of the house and its service entrances make for an interesting wandering experience.

The house used to be home to Canada's first Prime Minister, John A. MacDonald. However, in general, it provides an interesting look into Ontario life in the 1840s (pre-confederation).

The property itself is beautiful as well. Be sure to check out the gardens where gardeners work in period costumes.

Visited July 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2013

The costumed guides were very well informed and willing to answer questions. This home has the nicest maid's quarters we've seen yet. The basement laundry area was also interesting. There are even guides in the garden, actually working away wearing period costumes in very hot weather.

Visited August 2012
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Kingston, Canada
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10 reviews
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“good 1 hour attraction”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

As a local Ive been thru several times. usual tour of an olden day house with period furniture in place...walk through around the guide ropes...good for history buffs

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British Columbia, Canada
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78 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2012

I went with my sister, who lives in Kingston and had never been to any of the touristy spots. While Sir John A Macdonald didn't live there for very long, and few of the artifacts in the home actually belonged to him, it is interesting to wander the rooms of the historic house and get a picture of how life was lived in a bygone era. The young guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and the garden area was also worth a look.

Visited July 2012
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“better than average”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

the site is essential to anyone with an interest in Canadian history and the personal life of one of our greatest historical figures. The tragic history of the house is a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of a public figure. The self-guided tour is an easy way to take in the house and its' history. the beauty of the gardens is a welcome relief from the melancholy feel of the interior. Well worth a visit

Visited August 2012
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