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Old City Hall

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Address: 60 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M3, Canada
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+1 416-338-0338

Castle-like building, built in 1899 in the Romanesque Revival style,...

Castle-like building, built in 1899 in the Romanesque Revival style, features a clock tower, "Friends of Old City Hall" exhibit and a War Memorial.

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Great piece of architecture right in heart of the city

We have visited the Old City Hall while we have been visiting the City on our way from Montreal. You can see the contract in architecture when you compare both the old and the new... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 November 2016
Montreal, Canada
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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dropped by later in the afternoon; the security guard indicated the building was closed, but that we were welcome to wander around the entrance area as much as we want - he indicated that the rest of the building wasn't as interesting. Stunning amount of labour involved in the construction. Intricate work throughout.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This wonderful building acts as a court house. Walking inside of it is pure pleasure. Lots of marble. You feel like you are walking through history. The courtrooms are amazing and usually contain a very unique feature.

Thank Uxcanuk
Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

We have visited the Old City Hall while we have been visiting the City on our way from Montreal. You can see the contract in architecture when you compare both the old and the new one in retrospective. Tip: Make sure you visit the "small lake" close to it, as many of the pictures you might know from Toronto are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

This Gothic Classic is the best example of staidly Toronto of Victorian era. The red granite is perfect contrast to the grey Cement of the new City Hall across Bay Street. Don't mis the architect's A J Lennox spelt out every forth stone in the dental on the outside to give the finger to city council for not allowing his... More 

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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

The Old City Hall exterior was included in our walking tour of Toronto. The original activities taking place in this original building have been transferred to the modern structures of the New City Hall, which are in the next block. The old building is now used as court rooms in the legal process and the interior is reputed to be... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

This is a busy place when I visited during day time, so I went to check it out during night time. the TORONTO letters would change colours and it was entertaining. People flock here for picture-taking. The fountain and arcs add beauty and flavour to the TORONTO landmark. When you visit, just walk from your hotel, do not drive, parking... More 

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Markham, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

The city put up a new TORONTO sign a couple years ago that seems to be the main attraction. Good for photo opportunities. Close to the Eaton Centre.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Old City Hall is actually one of the busiest criminal courts in Canada. The architecture here is exquisite. Inside there are sweeping high ceiling and some of the finest Canadian artwork you will see. It is a very busy place in the morning so it is best to visit at noon or thereafter. You have to pass through airport-like security... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Went by old downtown city hall to check out the big TORONTO letters. Nearby; walking distance is the CF Toronto shopping Center (3 level mall) and restaurants.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon the Old City Hall during our tour of Toronto and was really taken a back by it. In a city which is full of shiny skyscrapers and lots of things which are new modern in their style, to find something which was more historical was a great treat. It helps shows the origins of this enormous city... More 

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