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Billings Estate National Historic Site
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Although we have lived relatively nearby for almost 40 years we have never visited this estate. We... read more

Reviewed June 18, 2017
Dennis B
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Ottawa, Canada
High Tea in the Garden

What a wonderful afternoon having tea in the garden at Billings Estate. This is a once a year... read more

Reviewed August 7, 2016
Colleen685
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed October 6, 2017

Discover the fascinating stories of some of Ottawa’s earliest settlers at the historic Billings Estate. At this picturesque heritage site you will find the oldest wood-framed house in Ottawa, built from 1827 to 1829. This was home to Braddish and Lamira Billings, one of the founding families of Ottawa. Learn the story of this determined couple who were instrumental in establishing the local community. The home is now a museum featuring many interesting local artifacts honoring the legacy of the Billings family.
The beautiful 8-acre site, blooming with flower gardens and green parkland, is also the site of one of the oldest cemeteries in Ottawa, with graves dating back to the 1820s.

Billings Estate provides many different programs to make your visit an enjoyable experience. There are plenty of activities for children to enjoy, including scavenger hunts, old-fashioned games, and special holiday events. For those with more refined tastes, don’t miss Tea on the Lawn, a delightful high tea service available during the summer months.

At Billings Estate you won’t have to go far to explore local history or find a tranquil spot to enjoy a picnic on a sunny day.
Billings Estate is a seasonal site and therefore closed for regular visits from the end of October to early May (with the exception of pre-booked private visits, several special events and public programs hosted throughout the closed season).
Regular operating hours of museum are Wed-Sun 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Kaveh H
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Reviewed August 3, 2017

Went there for "Tea on the lawn" with 3 friends. Service was ok. Menu: couple mediocre sandwiches, a scone with commercial jam and butter (not clotted cream), couple sweets that were nothing special, and an average selection of tea (15?). Very disappointing. It was the 3rd time for myself, 1st time for my friends, and I felt bad having brought them there (it seemed better before...). The only upside is that it's much cheaper than other tea rooms (15$), but it's not worth more than 15$ anyways. The setting, outside and under the tent, is fine but the cheap metal chairs are uncomfortable and ready to collapse. And the grounds being uneven, it feels like you will tip backwards.
Nice view of the garden.
Will not go back.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Saramelie7
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Reviewed June 18, 2017

Although we have lived relatively nearby for almost 40 years we have never visited this estate. We planned the visit to coincide with an antique auto display. We arrived early on a hot and humid Sunday.

There was a $10.45 entry fee for two which covered the auto exhibit, grounds and museum. The original estate covered about 1200 acres. There is the main house, ice house, smoke house and small cemetery which are now part of the museum.

The museum depicts the 200 year history of the Billings family and their contribution to the development of the area. The artefacts and detailed descriptions of life over this period make for a worthwhile visit. I wish we had visited sooner.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Dennis B
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Reviewed April 17, 2017

We recently stayed in Ottawa for some family fun and on a whim we decided to visit the Billings Estate for the Easter activities. IT WAS AWESOME !!!!! Our 6 kids had so much fun hunting for Bunny Bucks, dying eggs, having their faces painted and making bunny baskets. It was really good value for money (16.75$ for the entire family), the people really friendly, helpful and nice. The estate itself is beautiful, was nice having a look around.
I would happily go back year after year!

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank coolwhip115
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Reviewed August 7, 2016

What a wonderful afternoon having tea in the garden at Billings Estate. This is a once a year event, it is fun as we all dress up, wear our hats and our fascinators. The tent is set-up with round tables covered with linen tablecloths and plates and china teacups. I like that the cups and saucers do not match, I do not drink my tea out of a teacup at home but here it is only fitting. There is a choice of at least 8 different teas, everyone gets their own teapot. Finger sandwiches, scones and desserts are brought out in lovely 3 tiered plates, there is more than enough for each person. The gardens on the estate are lovely. If you are lucky you will see a bride and groom at their outdoor wedding. After tea we explored the grounds and ended up in the cemetery on the grounds. It is a lovely spot and having the experience of a high tea is worthwhile.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Colleen685
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Ottawa_Museums, Manager at Billings Estate National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2016

Sounds like you had a great visit @Colleen685 - maybe worth visiting more than once a year? Keep us in mind for Christmas Tea come December!

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