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Government House: Tours & Tickets

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Government House is the office and official residence of the Lieutenant Governor and the ceremonial home of all British Columbians. The house is located on the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, in the heart of the...more
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1401 Rockland Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 1V9, Canada
+1 250-387-2080
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I attend events at Government House every month and I can't believe what a beautiful location it is. Gardens to wander through, a Costume Museum, Tours and a Tea House with scrumptious morsels to tickle your taste buds.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank dvalkrie
Reviewed 5 days ago

A lovely building with a lovely garden where all official Government functions are held. .Unfortunately could not go inside as it was closed, worth seeing it even from the outside for its historical & architectural value.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank DilrukshiH
Reviewed 1 week ago

The entrance is free to the gardens during daylight hours. Many different gardens and paths. The house isn't open for tours often, selected days in the summer and maybe a few in other months. i would have liked to tour the building which looks lovely....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 970wandak
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful grounds around Government house are splendid to walk around. When not too busy (such as a weekday) it is very peaceful and quiet. Lots of interesting plants and some nice lookouts. The House itself is only open on one day a month, so you...More

Date of experience: September 2019
2  Thank just0netraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well, it's not literally my home, but because I am a British Columbian, somehow I feel it's partly mine! :-) Do sign up for the free tour, not just because the house itself is impressive, and the history is fascinating, but one of my favourite...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Aregie
Reviewed 7 September 2019

The grounds are wonderful and a great place to take a leisurely morning stroll. I visited the gardeners in the various garden plots and chatted them up for gardening secrets. The vegetables supply Government house as do the flower gardens. They offer plant and flower...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank normav684
Reviewed 6 September 2019

Adjacent to Fairholme Manor, the grounds here are beautiful with great views of the Olympic mountains in the distance.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Floyd G
Reviewed 4 September 2019

The buildings and gardens are beautiful and you feel your cares drift away as you stroll through the peaceful surroundings. The tea room is nice for lunch or a snack, but only open in the summer. The costume museum has lots of interesting items from...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 3 September 2019

Beautiful gardens.. a nice stroll then view the historic buildings and the tea house. The scones are to die for and nice tea served in china... all volunteers working there and they are pleasant and helpful.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank FloridaBC
Reviewed 3 September 2019

This building looks great from the outside, but definitely worth a look on the inside. It is very impressive.

Date of experience: August 2019
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7 August 2017|
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Response from Emma P | Reviewed this property |
Enjoy this beautiful garden and Grounds.
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12 March 2017|
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Response from somegalfromcan | Reviewed this property |
Nope fee - and the grounds are always open (except when member of the Royal family are staying there). Occasionally there are events happening in the house or on the grounds which are also open to the public - my favourite... More
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4 December 2016|
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Response from Helen W | Reviewed this property |
The the grounds are very rarely closed - the last time was when the Prince and Princess and children stayed there. Other than that, I can't recall a time when the grounds were not open to the public.