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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1 Sussex Dr | 1, Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
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+1 866-842-4422
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We thought we were being taken to join another tour in progress, but ended up with a private tour with Sara, who was so full of knowledge! The “tent room” and the story behind it was most interesting.

Thank Janet H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rideau Hall is a beautiful building with gorgeous grounds, in a stunning position - what else for the Governor of Canada. And it’s free! There is a great collection of trees,mostly map,es and oaks, I believe, and is unsurpassed when the leaves begin to turn....More

Thank Maytrea
ChanelVisitorService, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so pleased to know that you had such a great time visiting Rideau Hall. I agree, the grounds are truly breathtaking at this time of year. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for recommending us to other visitors!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful grounds, over 10,000 Maple and Oak trees and the interior of the residence is small but spectacular,especially the ballroom and reception room for state dinners with visiting heads of state.

Thank Flyer1949
ChanelVisitorService, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time visiting Rideau Hall and we hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beauty of the architecture out ways the mass of people - this should be a place on your list to visit

Thank Grahme W
ChanelVisitorService, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your recommendation to other visitors! We hope to see you again at Rideau Hall!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be sure to take the guided tour, won't enjoy otherwise. They have the tours in English & French, we took the one in English. Not sure if you will find this on their website, so please call and plan ahead.

Thank AGeeKay
ChanelVisitorService, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are happy you enjoyed your visit at Rideau Hall, and we thank you for your recommendation to other visitors! We also have information about tours on our website gg.ca.-Thanks again!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I turned up here on a whim while I had a few hours to spare in Ottawa. The grounds were beautiful to wander around and it was great to see the history of important people having planted trees in the grounds. Tours of Rideau Hall...More

Thank Charlotte L
ChanelVisitorService, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and for complimenting your tour guide’s work! We are glad you enjoyed yourself and couldn't agree more that the grounds are beautiful. We hope to be welcome you again the next time you are visiting...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As U S citizens we don't know much about Canada's government positions. This hall is the home of the governor General (I hope I remembered the title correctly). The current person in the office is a woman and she reports directly to the queen. What...More

Thank Linda M
MarieVisitorServices, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we are glad that you enjoyed your time on the grounds of Rideau Hall. You were lucky to catch the Sentries from the Ceremonial Guard – they will only be back next June. Thanks again!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Rideau Hall is about a 10 minute drive from downtown, but don’t miss it! Take the free one-hour tour, which is very informative and interesting. Our tour guide (we forgot her name; she was an intern from Vancouver) made it very enjoyable. The building is...More

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

Wow, thank you for your glowing review! You can be sure I will pass it on to our guides. We try our best to reward their outstanding contribution, but comments and reviews like yours make their efforts all the more worthwhile. We hope to see...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A walk around the large parkland surrounding Rideau Hall is history in the making: hundreds of trees planted by visiting dignitaries over the years, including King George VI, Nelson Mandela, many other heads of state, with US presidents such as Truman, Clinton and JFK (who...More

Thank Charles G
MarieVisitorServices, Assistant at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Rideau Hall. We are glad you enjoyed your time on the grounds and couldn't agree more in that the residence and the grounds are filled with history, especially as you said, with our ceremonial...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived just after 10 am and easily found parking on a neighboring street. The entry is by timed tickets so collect you time ticket soon after you arrive. The tours are about one hour, but are amazing. It's gives a a glimpse into this...More

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

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! You are right: every square inch of the residence has its history!

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Devarati G
8 May 2018|
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Response from Caanaadaa | Reviewed this property |
No entry fee, but you have to call ahead to reserve. I don't remember if we had to show ID or not. No parking, so you park on a street in the general neighbourhood and then walk to Rideau Hall.
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KathyWinnipeg
3 May 2017|
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Response from KimVisitorServices | 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 KimVisitorServices | 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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