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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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"public rooms"
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"open house"
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"visiting dignitaries"
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"foreign dignitaries"
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"open to the public"
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"guided tour"
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"canadian history"
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"free tour"
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"sussex drive"
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"lots of history"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Canada’s House is delightfully located on 84+ acres replete with walking patches and gardens. The interior is subject to a constantly changing display of our great artists which means every trip to Ottawa should include the GG’s home. The hosts throughout are gracious and knowledgeable,...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Lots of amazing artwork and design/architecture. Be aware that you must go through security, just like at the airport, so make sure you don't have anything in your pockets that you shouldn't.

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MarieVisitorServices, Visitor Services Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review! We are happy to know that you enjoyed Rideau Hall's interiors and collections, which are a reflection of the nation’s history. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth a visit to see Rideau hall, and the artwork. Call ahead to book a free ticket, and reserve your spot The tour is about 1 hour, which is a good length. There's a public skating rink on site in the winter. No on-site...More

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MarieVisitorServices, Visitor Services Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know about your positive experience at Rideau Hall. We are very glad that you enjoyed your visit! As the weather warms up we do get busier, however there are plenty of residential streets to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a special location. Everyone should try a visit whether for a picnic, a movie, summer festival or cricket. The grounds are ideally maintained & the trees have historical plaques stating the names & year of dedication by world leaders.More

Thank Norm W
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MarieVisitorServices, Visitor Services Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know of your positive experience on the grounds of 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...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a tour with a large group. The Buildings on the grounds are amazing. Remind me a lot of Europe. The tour we had I thought it was rushed. What an interesting place to see where a governor general lives and works.

Thank John C
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MarieVisitorServices, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback regarding your visit, and we apologize that the tour seemed rushed. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed Rideau Hall`s architecture, it is truly filled with history. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

We walked the grounds and saw the changing of the guards - it was such a treat. As a result we decided to take the tour of the hall. Really glad we stopped by. It was a quick tour but worth it. The tent room...More

Thank Shirley W
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MarieVisitorServices, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Unexpected visits that turn out great are always are the best! I We are especially glad that you enjoyed seeing the Ceremonial Guards, who are posted at Sussex Gate during the summer months! We are glad you enjoyed your visit at Rideau Hall, and hope...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2018

When you are in Ottawa, you must take a trip down Sussex Dr to see Rideau Hall. Better to see during the spring and summer months to take in the beautiful grounds. Take time to visits the numerous amount of trees planted in the area...More

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MarieVisitorServices, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

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

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Reviewed 1 February 2018

When you come to visit Rideau Hall, it is like you have been taken back many years, to when many places in Canada that are part of our heritage where built. I would recommend visiting Rideau Hall when they have special activities that you will...More

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RH_MarieB, other at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2018

We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we thank you for your kind words! There’s no place like a historic site to give you a glimpse of a city's history! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Stay tuned...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Neighbourhood skating rink on the grounds of the Governor General’s residence. Free admission, old fashioned skating (no speed skating and no hockey) with a warming hut to change into your own skates. No skate rentals here. Easy afternoon for couples, friends and families. Free parking.More

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RH_MarieB, other at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Thank you for your review! We are happy that you enjoyed your time at the Rideau Hall skating rink. Our Winter Pavilion was recently renovated, and it is definitely a great place to warm up in! The skating rink is open for public skating (without...More

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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Rideau Hall is the official residence of the Queen and the Governor General. It is an impressive building. We found the tour to be interesting and we had the opportunity to learn about the Canadian government and its relationship with the English Monarchy.

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RH_Melissa, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Thank you for your review, we are glad you had such a wonderful experience visiting Rideau Hall! We hope to welcome you again soon!

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KathyWinnipeg
4 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
24 December 2016|
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Response from MarieVisitorServices | 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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