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

We arrived in Ottawa from Toronto to attend the Governor General's Decoration of Bravery ceremony this past Friday morning. My husband was one of the 41 recipients of the Medal of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
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Quebec, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We visited with a group and the guide was very good. Each room was well explained. The grounds were the most interesting to see.

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are happy that you enjoyed your visit at Rideau Hall. More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We arrived in Ottawa from Toronto to attend the Governor General's Decoration of Bravery ceremony this past Friday morning. My husband was one of the 41 recipients of the Medal of Bravery award. To start Rideau Hall is so historic and beautiful and should be enjoyed and shared when visiting the Ottawa area. The staff during the event were nothing... More 

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking a minute to share your experience with us! One of the most special functions of Rideau Hall is to celebrate individuals like your husband who deserve to be honoured! We are therefore so happy to learn that you family was able to make great memories at Rideau Hall and that you enjoyed every second... More 

Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Lots of History here. Beautiful grounds and building. A must see while visiting Ottawa. You must follow a tour guide. Set times for English or French language tours.

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Elise_L_RH, Guest Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

We are happy you enjoyed your visit at Rideau Hall, and we thank you for your recommendation to other visitors! More 

Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Both locals and visitors should experience Rideau Hall closer than a drive by in front of its grounds. There are tours that can be taken, as well as events on the grounds throughout the year. I was fortunate enough to be invited to an event inside Rideau Hall.

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and connected with the site's story — and what a privilege to have been able to come for an official ceremony! We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Main Beach, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We were fortunate to be able to tour the residence. A fabulous tour, very informative and engaging tour guide, who bought this historic home, its previous residents and its place in history to life. The gardens are extensive and beautiful to walk around. You are unable to take a photo of the outside of the house as its bring restored.

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for taking a few minutes to write a review! Your positive and constructive feedback is very much appreciated and we will pass along the compliments to the guides. We look forward to seeing you again after the completion of the forecourt construction so that you can admire the finished work and celebrate 2017 with us! More 

Vancouver, Canada
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120 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Don't expect to see the facade of Rideau Hall because it is BLOCKED by fencing. Something is being built infant of the house....so like most of the city even views of Rideau hall here restricted.

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

I'm very sorry that you left feeling a little bit unsatisfied with your experience at Rideau Hall due to the construction. We tried our best to put the message on our website regarding the rehabilitation work so I am sorry that you were not warned of it prior to your visit. We encourage you to come back to Rideau Hall... More 

Portland, OR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We were lucky enough to be staying in a condo right next to Rideau Hall. We walked around it which was really nice and we walked through it which would have been nicer if there weren't so much renovation going on but still a beautiful spot to enjoy some time outside.

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know of your positive experience at Rideau Hall. We are very glad that you enjoyed your walk around the grounds. We look forward to seeing you again after the unveiling of the redesigned forecourt so that you can admire the finished work and celebrate 2017 with us! More 

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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

unfortunatly after we had walked 5 km to see the hall we found out that it was having construction done and the tours were not very good at the time. the grounds are beautiful and the rest of the history in the area was worth the walk

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Elise_L_RH, Guest Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write feedback regarding your visit. I'm very sorry that you left feeling a little bit unsatisfied with your experience at Rideau Hall due to the construction. We tried our best to put the message on our website regarding the rehabilitation work so I am sorry that you were not warned of it prior... More 

Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Pleasant place to walk around...beautiful grounds....free guided tours are available but it’s pleasant to stroll even without the trip

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know of your positive experience at Rideau Hall. We are very glad that you enjoyed your visit on the grounds! You are right, there is a lot to see inside the residence and outside on the grounds! More 

Nanaimo, Canada
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431 reviews
149 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

My husband & I were looking forward to going to Rideau Hall & tour the home to the Governor General of Canada. We arrived to find the area swamped with tour buses! There was not any space in the tours for us. It was our own fault. We did not book ahead. We did a self guided tour of the... More 

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review regarding your experience at Rideau Hall! I am sorry you did not get to go on a guided tour of the residence – next time that you are in Ottawa, please contact us at guide@gg.ca so that we can provide you with the most up to date information regarding our... More 

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