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“Fascinating place to tour” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rideau Hall

Rideau Hall
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Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #14 of 254 things to do in Ottawa
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Chalfont St Peter, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Fascinating place to tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

We went for a tour of Rideau Hall today. As English visitors, we found it fascinating to learn the history of how our two countries gel together, and the role of your Governor General. Our Tour Guide, Mark, could not have been more knowledgable, giving us amazing insights into Governor Generals of the past and how the rooms in this beautiful house were used. We spent an amazing 45 miutes enthralled by all he told us. As it is off season currently, we had booked our tour.It was too cold to wander the grounds for long but we did see some trees planted by the Royal Family past and present and other dignitaries. I would imagine the grounds looks amazing in summer. This tour is highly recommended, we loved it. Well done Mark!!

Visited April 2014
Thank Peykake
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“LOVE this place!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

You and your family, girl friend, Uncle, Grandma could spend hours at this location. In the summer, some evenings and afternoons they have live music, right near the front gates. My favorite thing to do is to read the plates at each tree and to realize I am standing in the exact same spot as Princess Diana or somebody else was when this tree was planted. The Kennedys, Pierre Trudeau and so many other fascinating people planted trees there, this blows me away!! The gardens are wonderful to walk through, perfect way to spend an after noon. The inside is astonishingly beautiful, well worth the visit!! In the winter they have a small lite up skating rink and a little cabin to change into your skates and warm up in, it has a wood stove in it!! The best part of doing this with your family is it is absolutely FREE!!!

Visited September 2013
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45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great Old House”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

Some family members went with my husband and I to tour Rideau Hall. It is a beautiful building and. One learns how different additions to the building have been added over the years. There are paintings of all the Governor Generals of Canada hanging on the walls. As well as the building, the grounds outside are well looked after and it is quite pleasant to walk around the extensive grounds.

Visited October 2013
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Stittsville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 507 helpful votes
“Well worth the visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

We got back to visiting rideau hall with relatives after not being here for years. It is a beautiful place with a rich history. People still using the main grounds for polo matches.

Visited August 2013
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Charlottetown, Canada
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Rideau Hall has all the listings for Order of Canada”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

Finding out about the Order of Canada and the recipients biograpical information and the terrific gift shop..

Visited February 2014
Thank Sandra LJ Irela... I
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