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Address: 1 Sussex Dr | 1, Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
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+1 866-842-4422
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor...

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.

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The office of the GG is one of the poorer understood elements of the Canadian Parliamentary system. This is a must see for visitors and those seeking to understand why we escaped... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 January 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

The office of the GG is one of the poorer understood elements of the Canadian Parliamentary system. This is a must see for visitors and those seeking to understand why we escaped mimicking the horrors of the US Civil War. Fantastic Tours, Amazing free Public grounds, The Crown of Canada is tremendously generous with its hospitality, drink it up,... that's... More 

1 Thank bluelynx
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

The park outside alone is worth a visit. This being said, if you have the time, take one of the guided tours through the house. It's spectacular !

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

There are trees planted by so many leaders of the world on this property which can be viewed by the public. Just walking from one to the other and thinking of that makes for an interesting walk.

1 Thank Lorna B
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

Was there for a tea for palliative care workers....the grounds are magnificent and the house itself, what we could see of it, was also magnificent. Everyone was so cheerful and helpful and very pleasant indeed. It was a very special day for sure.

2 Thank Karen R
Dauphin, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

Many don't realize that there's a palace in Ottawa. Rideau Hall, the home of the Queen (when in Ottawa) and her representative, the governor general, is well worth the time if you're in the area (it's a bit out of the way). There is a self guided tour that allows you to see the official rooms. The ballroom and the... More 

1 Thank John T
Kingston, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015

While visiting with family from out of the country we decided to visit Rideau hall. However, we were disappointed when they said they were closed that morning. So we just walked around the property/garden area. Can't comment on anything inside.

Thank ishamail
Naika_St, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a rewiew about Rideau Hall. This is the residence and workplace of the Governor General and as such, we have to adapt our schedule to official events. We encourage you to contact us by phone or email to find out our guided tour schedule, the next time you visit the National Capital... More 

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

Incredible place and spaces to learn about Canadian history. It's a living lesson on history and, for those interested in botanic themes, the surrounding gardens seems like heaven. Worth the visit from every point of view.

1 Thank Joaquin F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

The grounds are nice, woods and gardens. An oasis in the city. The building itself is a bit odd because it a series of additions upon additions without regard to proper planning or architectural balance. But the ballroom is beautiful. The pace is relaxed and the guide is very knowledgeable and very pleasant. Answers to questions too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Rideau Hall, the home of the Governor General of Canada (and temporarily of the Prime Minister of Canada on the grounds) is a splendid family visit in Ottawa. In summer the grounds are magnificent and open to the public (think fountains, gardens, trees planted by many celebrities - Princess Diana, Jackie Kennedy and cricket played by teams representing many countries... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

The Governor General and partner lives here but it truly is the home of all Canadians. Visitors are welcome year-round to see the magnificent rooms where heads of state are entertained and the greenhouse with its exotic plants is not to be missed.

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