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Ruthven Park National Historic Site

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Magnificent mansion.

The building is impressive neo classical with a stunning view of the Grand river. Authentic... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
FilmGuyTO
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A real gem!

I stumbled upon this site while bike packing across southwestern Ontario. It showed up on my route... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2018
Abe O
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Experience the 1,500-acre country estate and magnificent former home of five generations of the Thompson family. Located in southwestern Ontario's charming rural Haldimand County. Grounds open daily; mansion tours by appointment from Thanksgiving...more
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243 Haldimand Highway #54, Cayuga, Ontario N0A 1E0, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is impressive neo classical with a stunning view of the Grand river. Authentic furniture. A glimpse into the life of the wealthy in the 19th century.

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Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

I stumbled upon this site while bike packing across southwestern Ontario. It showed up on my route on Google Maps so I decided to stop in. Well, I was quite blown away by the site, particularly the mansion tour. So much fascinating history packed into...More

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Kelly C, Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2018

Hi Abe, we are so glad that you found us and enjoyed your time here at Ruthven Park! We wish you safe travels as you contine your bike ride across southwestern Ontario =)

Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

My son and I experienced our first visit to the site. We found Charlotte a truly talented guide. She kept us entertained with interesting facts about the estate and family. We will return to tour more of the grounds and take the tour again. Thanks...More

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Reviewed June 22, 2018

Our tour was enhanced by the enthusiasm of our guide (Charlotte ?) a summer student from McGill employed both as tour guide and archivist. Charlotte was obviously intrigued by the information from family letters that she was archiving. The mansion is fully furnished as the...More

Thank Bucky09
Kelly C, Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed your tour with Charlotte! Thank you for the suggestion of better signage, we will pass this information onto our Chief Administrative Officer. We are hoping to increase the signage to the building with the addition of our new Welcome...More

Reviewed June 18, 2018

We explored this lovely park along the Grand River, just outside of Cayuga, ON. We walked some of the trails but avoided the ones along the woods and river because of mosquito season! The tour guide, Victoria led us on a very informative tour of...More

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Madeline S, Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2018

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are happy that you got a chance to enjoy the grounds, as our staff and volunteers work hard to maintain them year round. We will let Victoria know that you enjoyed her tour. When you return in the...More

Reviewed December 24, 2017

Fascinating site, beautiful old home, great site overlooking the river, and part of 1,500 acres of preserved land.

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Madeline S, Front Office Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2018

Hello EagleEyeBoston, thank you very much for your review and kind words about Ruthven Park's most appealing qualities. It is certainly a gorgeous and peaceful property. We hope to see you here in 2018 during our regular opening hours!

Reviewed October 15, 2017

Was a beautiful place for an outside fall wedding! Everyone enjoyed walking trails. Coach house was very helpful for setting ou dinner.More

1  Thank P2926AKsandraw
Madeline S, Front Office Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2017

Thank you for your warm words regarding your experience as a wedding guest at Ruthven Park this past weekend! Our staff work hard to maintain our historic buildings and grounds for the enjoyment of event rental guests each weekend, as well as members of the...More

Reviewed September 25, 2017

A beautiful Old Mansion overlooking the Grand River. Informative guided tours of the property are available.Built by the Thompson family who had their businesses at the nearby industrial town of Indiana. This is now a "ghost town" but the burial yard of the workers (mainly...More

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Madeline S, Front Office Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2017

Thank you for your review, onholidayalways. We're so glad you made the time to visit and were able to not only take a tour of the Thompson Family Mansion, which is a stunning 1840s Greek Revival structure, but to also check out the Town of...More

Reviewed August 28, 2017

Such a beautiful setting with an impressive historic stone home and many walking paths. If you are lucky you will be there on a day when they are tagging birds. This is an interesting and inspiring experience. Definitely worth a visit to Ruthven Park.More

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Madeline S, Front Office Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2017

Thank you for sharing your review of Ruthven Park, lauraluvsU2! We especially appreciate your comments that the site offers visitors an "interesting and inspiring experience," which is what our staff always strive for. We would like to note for you and other visitors that bird...More

Reviewed August 19, 2017

I have a family history in the area and grew up in Cayuga in the 60's and early 70's and always knew there was a mansion back in behind the gate house but back then, it was private property, and I never went in. I...More

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Madeline S, Front Office Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2017

We are so glad to hear your return to the area included a visit to Ruthven Park! Thank you for the kind words about our site; the Thompson Mansion certainly attracts many people as it is such a unique local feature. We hope you visit...More

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Thank you for taking the time to comment and describe your experience. We are truly sorry your experience was not positive and will follow up and make sure that staff is on top of this. GPS has not helped so will look into... More
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