Colonial Building
Colonial Building
4
About
Duration: 1-2 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.

Top ways to experience Colonial Building and nearby attractions

The area
Address
Reach out directly

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.


4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles6 reviews
Excellent
2
Very good
3
Average
1
Poor
0
Terrible
0

Tammy_and_Brent
Calgary Alberta91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great guided tour of this historic building. You can sit on the furniture in this building !
Self-guided option too. There is an elevator for those who are unable to do stairs.

Provincial historic sites are free to kids, 16 and under. And this year to those born 1949 or earlier to celebrate NL joining Canada in 1949. Also free if you are local and hosting guests (with driver's lic showing you live within 100km of site).
Written June 6, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

George A
Phoenix, AZ263 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
This was the home of the provincial legislature during colonial times. The highlight is visiting the two chambers and looking up to see the beautiful frescos on the ceilings. The legislature 'commissioned' them from a guy imprisoned for forgery, figuring if anybody in the province had an eye for artistry, he did. They knocked a month off his sentence in exchange for the work! The frescos are amazing works of art, and one of the highlights of my entire visit to St. John's. The rest of the building is a bit empty, save some exhibits in side rooms. Still nice architecture. It is free to visit on Sundays. They also offer guided tours, but I just wandered around by myself.
Written June 25, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Telah M
Ottawa, Canada449 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
A must see! For just $6, you get a guided tour of this historic building and learn the history of the parliament of the "country" of Newfoundland before joining Canada.
Written June 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The building housed the then Newfoundland government and House of Assembly from 1850 to 1959. Its style is neoclassical, the white limestone imported from Cork, Ireland. A couple of odd points. A bank was in the basement. In 1850 the province's first bank robbery took place, the Newfoundland Savings Bank robbed of 413 pounds. The normal practice is for the governing party to sit to the right of the speaker. It was opposite in this building as the heaters were located on the left side. By tradition, even today the governing party sits to the left of the speaker.
Written September 9, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,760 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
Unfortunately, the Colonial Building is in the midst of an extensive interior renovation. However, if you’re in the area, it’s worth a look at the exterior with its Neoclassical structure and imposing ionic columns. The front gates are open so you can get right up to the building itself. Upon completion, I’m sure this will be a showcase here in St. John’s.
Written August 1, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Randy C
Summerfield, Florida, United States764 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017
We could not get inside this building since it was going through a facelift and renovation on the inside and outside.
Written July 23, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Colonial Building - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All St. John's HotelsSt. John's Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in St. John's
All things to do in St. John's
Zoos & Aquariums in St. John'sAmusement Parks in St. John's
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars