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Government House

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"A Beautiful Old Residence."

We stopped to view the palatial residence in Halifax and noticed the fine stone work of the... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2018
Fishers, Indiana
Not a bad residence...!

We only saw this from the outside, but spent a few minutes photographing it and reading the... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
London, United Kingdom
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Lieutenant Governor J.J. Grant invites you to explore the beauty and history of Government House this summer. This Georgian style manor house has been the working residence of the Sovereign's representative in Nova Scotia since 1805 and the site of...more
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1451 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z2, Canada
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

We stopped to view the palatial residence in Halifax and noticed the fine stone work of the structure. It was built right across from the historic graveyard that many dignitaries are buried, so that provides a unique setting. The Halifax Harbor may be seen from...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 20 September 2018

Although we did not go inside, we enjoyed seeing Government House. The architecture is superb and very interesting!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank roamingprofessor
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

We only saw this from the outside, but spent a few minutes photographing it and reading the information boards outside. Dating back to 1805 when the first Governor moved in, it’s one of the oldest official residences in Canada. A beautiful building well worthy of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Andy-S60
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Free guided tours of Government house provided. Whilst there, there was also a changing of the guard, with a sole piper. Great to see some traditions maintained.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank OllieOakey
Reviewed 13 August 2018

You will probably find yourself walking by this impressive edifice with beautiful grounds and interesting statues.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank gstrange8
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Still in use today but the historical aspects have been well maintained. The tour guide gave a good history and explantion of what was available to see.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank RBDriscoll
Reviewed 6 August 2018

We just happened to stumble upon Government House which was having an open house. Interesting guided tour of the ground floor main rooms and the history of Halifax and the monarchy. It was free!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank caroly505
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Queens home away from home. More than a rumor the Queen regularly has come to Halifax. Just the idea that this is Halifax’s Buckingham Palce is a treat. Worth a detour if you are walking the waterfront.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 16 September 2017

We came upon this building after visiting St. Mary's Cathedral and Basilica. Walk one block south on Barrington St. We did not attempt to enter as there were no signs indicating it was open to the public. It is worth a photo for its architecture.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Explorer100
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Government House serve as the residence for the Queen's Representative for Nova Scotia. Each year a Garden Party is hosted by The Lieutenant Governor on the house grounds. There other events held through the year for private events and public events. This is one of...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank 164beau
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