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Rideau Hall

1 Sussex Dr | 1, Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
+1 866-842-4422
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1 Sussex Dr | 1, Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

We visited Rideau Hall today. Although the Hall looks quite large from outside, inside the number of rooms visited was rather limited. The tent room was very impressive, with its pink and white decor. But many of the other rooms were rather ordinary. However we...More

Thank Andrew S
RH_Melissa, Visitor Services at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. The tour only includes the main staterooms where ceremonies hosted by the Governor General of Canada are held. Because Rideau Hall is a working residence, the schedule is subject to change and we strongly recommend...More

Reviewed 24 September 2017

If you go to visit Rideau Hall, go when they are having their Open House. We went yesterday and there was so much to do in addition to the actual house. The grounds themselves are big and beautiful. At this time there were booths all...More

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RH_Melissa, Visitor Services at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Thank you for taking a few minutes to write a review! We are glad you had the chance to visit Rideau Hall during Savour Fall– there certainly is a lot to see and do during our public events. Make sure to check the seasonal activities...More

Reviewed 23 September 2017

We visited today, Saturday 23 Sept, to enjoy a special event to celebrate "fall". The rear part of the grounds, which are normally closed to the public, were open. These grounds include the greenhouses, herb garden and extensive private gardens. To enhance this event there...More

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RH_Melissa, Visitor Services at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

We are happy you enjoyed your visit to Rideau Hall for Savour Fall. This public event is a wonderful opportunity to visit the greenhouses and private gardens, and to sample food prepared by the Rideau Hall kitchen team and chefs from across the region. The...More

Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately we were not able to actually visit this site. We drove by though and the beauty of the grounds which reminded me of a huge park, put this location as a must visit if we ever return. I will come here second, after visiting...More

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RH_Melissa, Visitor Services at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are very glad that you enjoyed the view of the grounds at Rideau Hall. We hope that next time you are in Ottawa you will be able to take a guided tour...More

Reviewed 18 September 2017

Rideau Hall and the grounds is one of the most beautiful places in Ottawa to rest and relax. In the summer the gardens are colourful and the trees offer perfect shade on a warm day. Depending on when you visit, you might also be lucky...More

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RH_Melissa, Visitor Services at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

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 time here, and we agree that the grounds are especially peaceful at this time of year. We recommend...More

Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Always enjoy walking the grounds, beautiful and peaceful. Took a tour of the residence, the tent room is quite something!

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RH_Melissa, Visitor Services at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

We are happy you enjoyed your visit to Rideau Hall. Thank you for your positive feedback! We hope to see you again soon

Reviewed 14 September 2017

I recently visited Rideau Hall and took the free guided tour. 1) The grounds were beautiful! It would be a great place for a picnic. We saw 2 groups taking wedding photos and a cricket game going on. There are lots of fountains and various...More

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RH_Melissa, Visitor Services at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review your visit to Rideau Hall. We are always pleased to receive positive feedback and this is especially rewarding for our guides and our visitor services team. We are glad you had the chance to enjoy both the grounds...More

Reviewed 14 September 2017

Firstly, the security to enter is a bit over the top. Then the first thing I hear is that the building itself is not pretty, it is rather a disjointed collection of additions and poor planning. Then the visit to beautifully appointed rooms, etc. The...More

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RH_Melissa, Visitor Services at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Thank you for your feedback about your visit to Rideau Hall. We are glad that you enjoyed walking the grounds, which are extremely beautiful all year round! We appreciate your constructive comments about the approach to security. Due to the nature of the site, it...More

Reviewed 14 September 2017

We took the guided tour on the weekend as after Labour Day, they were no longer during the week. The free tour wasn't really that interesting, we were shown about 4 rooms in total which we found quite drab when considering the importance of the...More

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RH_Melissa, Visitor Services at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback regarding your visit. We are very sorry that you left feeling unsatisfied with your tour experience. Our guides have a wealth of knowledge about Rideau Hall and the role of the Governor General, and they do...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

Be prepared to walk after parking and try to get there before guided tours are over. The people in the rooms were very informative.More

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RH_Melissa, Visitor Services at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

We are very happy to know that you had a pleasant outing to the Residence of the Governor General of Canada. Thank you for taking a few minutes of your time to write a review! Parking on the streets can be a little bit busy,...More

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KathyWinnipeg
3 May 2017|
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Response from RH_Melissa | Property representative |
Hello! There is street parking available in the neighbourhood. We recommend the area around the MacKay/Union St. intersection, which is close to one of the pedestrian access gates to the grounds. Street parking in this area... More
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Gerry G
23 December 2016|
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Response from RH_Melissa | Property representative |
Good morning, Thank you for inquiring about our public program at Rideau Hall. While there will not be a public event on the occasion of January 1st, we will host our annual Winter Celebration on January 28th. This event is... More
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faithseven
13 April 2016|
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Good morning, Thank you for inquiring about tours at Rideau Hall. We offer tours year-round but the departures vary depending on the season. We could be able to confirm you the exact date and times of tours that would... More
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