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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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"governor general"
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"trees planted"
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"tent room"
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"official residence"
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"rose garden"
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"open house"
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"visiting dignitaries"
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"open to the public"
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"beautiful gardens"
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"lots of history"
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

This is the home of the Lieutenant Governor of Canada, the Queens representative in Canada. We toured here yesterday. There are 79 acres of manicured grounds to wander. The building itself was awesome. It was built in about 7 stages from its original size. Unfortunately...More

Thank Doug C
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Elise_L_RH, Guest Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2016

We want to thank you for sending us your message following your tour of Rideau Hall. We are always pleased to receive positive feedback regarding the grounds and the residence. As you explained, every square foot of the residence has history and I am glad...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Beautiful decor and a sense of grandeur. Apart from scaffolding to upgrade building for 2017 celebrations, worthy of a visit. Grounds are lovely and young people there to inform visitors are delightful.More

Thank Nancy B
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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2016

Thank you very much for your positive input! We are very glad that you enjoyed your visit! As you said, the construction equipment is not usually part of the facade's architecture but we are convinced that it will be all worth it when the changes...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2016

I think that only in Canada would you have complete access to the Queen's Representative. The grounds are a gorgeous 79 acres of rolling lawns, gardens, walking paths and forests. The rose garden is spectacular. There are free guided tours of the mansion which we...More

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2016

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of Rideau Hall! We are so pleased that you were able to take the opportunity to enjoy a piece of Ottawa's history. Next time that you are in Ottawa, we invite you to do the...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2016

A beautiful destination for an afternoon walk on a nice summer day. Lots of flowers, rose gardens and artifacts to check out on the grounds as you walk. Also, in the summer months, their very knowledgeable guides can take you on a tour of the...More

Thank Sara L
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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2016

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know of your positive experience at Rideau Hall and for suggesting us as a key site to visit in Ottawa! Did you know that we have guided tours year-round? Simply call our office and...More

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Reviewed 11 September 2016

Only 34 of us on a tour - lucked out - felt like it was personally set up for us. Excellent and knowledgeable young woman leading us on the tour of this beautiful place. Improvements are happening for next year when Canada is 150 years...More

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2016

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 to write a review! Your positive and constructive feedback is very much appreciated and we will pass...More

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Reviewed 11 September 2016

We chose to visit on a day with a special harvest event. As we needed accessible pairing we called ahead and had no problem getting access. There were guides that met us and lead us to a tour of the residence prior to us touring...More

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2016

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 were able to enjoy our annual public event, Savour Fall! Stay tuned on our website, all the recipes from the...More

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Reviewed 10 September 2016

I had researched the tours and was all set, took a cab, walked the historic Trudeau path only to find the tours were timed and every other one was in English. The temporary tent for tickets doesn't say tickets, it says First Aid so by...More

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2016

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback regarding your visit. I'm very sorry that you left feeling unsatisfied with your experience at Rideau Hall. At this time of the year, it is highly recommended to contact our office in advance to inquire about...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2016

Another great "free" tour to visit this very historic building and beautiful grounds. The tour lasts approx. 45 minutes and includes many of the rooms where functions & events are held, including the awarding of honours to Canadians and the swearing in ceremonies for new...More

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2016

We are very happy to hear that you had a pleasant outing to the Residence of the Governor General of Canada. Thank you for taking a few minutes to write a review; your positive and constructive feedback is very much appreciated!

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Reviewed 6 September 2016

We enjoyed walking out to the hall, but it is a fair step and you can get a bus or drive. The grounds are extensive and the tour was informative and very interesting.

Thank Ann C
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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2016

Thank you very much for your review! We hope to see you again soon at Rideau Hall!

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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Where the Canadian governor lives. There is English and French tour guide and it takes 45 mins. The tend room, ball room, etc. It opens only few rooms, it is worth for people who loves history.

Thank Sunny Y
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KathyWinnipeg
3 May 2017|
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Response from MarieVisitorServices | 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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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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