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Address: 1 Sussex Drive | 1, Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
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+1 866-842-4422
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor...

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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Best done in the spring/summer

Loved Rideau Hall. We went for an indoors tour but ended up viewing the grounds as well and spent the entire day! The tour guide was very knowledgeable, however it was very hard... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Bolton, Canada
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Bolton, Canada
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved Rideau Hall. We went for an indoors tour but ended up viewing the grounds as well and spent the entire day! The tour guide was very knowledgeable, however it was very hard to hear her as there was a translator there for a group taking the tour with us and the rooms were very echo-y. The grounds were beautifully... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a fairly short tour but it was informative and educational. Well worth the trip as it is only a short bus trip out of downtown. As an aside, for political types like me, Sasha the tour guide is great for some political banter! Tour the grounds any time but the visitor centre is only open in warmer months.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Wandering through the grounds with the accompanying map made the visit extremely interesting. Most trees have an historical, ceremonial & diplomatic significance. Trees have been planted by Queen Elizabeth 2nd, Nelson Mandela, Shimon Peres among others. The sculpture among hit trees are of interest especially Osmosis, Inuksuk & the Totem Pole. The Heritage Rose garden would be beautiful in summer.... More 

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Elise_L_RH, Assistant of Visitor Services at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the great review of Rideau Hall's grounds! We are very happy to know that you enjoyed walking around the park, particularly viewing the public monuments and the ceremonial trees and that you enjoyed the option to do a self-guided tour with our free brochure. The grounds change every season and at this time of the... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Hello folks, the family visited The Governor General's historic residence while in the park witnessing the Military Tattoo that entertains in May. When I say visited the residence, I mean we only saw a portion of the front lobby areas really. We gained entrance at the back/side of the building and joined a short lineup. We were subjected to security... More 

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Good afternoon Ben, Thank you very much for taking a few minutes to send us feedback regarding your experience of Rideau Hall last May. The Military Tattoo was a first for our public program so I am glad to hear that you were able to witness it surrounded by your family. Thank you also for commenting on your experience of... More 

Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Our tour guide took us to Rideau Hall fir a brief look round. The day was crisp and bright after a snow shower which meant that the grounds looked spectacular. Great for a short visit.

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your great review. I can't agree more with you — the grounds are absolutely gorgeous at this time of the year! A real winter paradise! Maybe next time you are in Ottawa you could make reservations to have a guided tour inside the residence. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

My husband and his family arrived in Ottawa from Winnipeg to attend the Governor General's Decoration of Bravery ceremony a few weeks ago. My husband was one of the 43 recipients of the Medal of Bravery award. Rideau Hall is stunning! All the history, the crown molding, the paintings the PLANTS very cozy. Everyone there was just so friendly, so... More 

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

On behalf of our entire events and visitors services teams, we thank you for sharing your positive experience with us. What a glowing review! We are glad that you felt like you were treated like royalty during your visit — this is the standard that we want to uphold for all recipients of honours like your husband. We thank your... More 

Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

It is a lovely house in pleasant grounds and we enjoyed our visit. However if your time is short I would by-pass this attraction.

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your positive review. I do agree that it is worth spending a little bit more time at Rideau Hall in order to walk around the vast grounds and gardens and to join a guided tour (45 minutes). There is a lot to see! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I went with a friend from out of town and had a nice time in the hall. The gardens are also lovely and we had a nice walk.

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

We are very happy to know that you enjoyed walking around the grounds of Rideau Hall! The property has its charm in every season: did you think of coming during a winter weekend to skate on our historic skating rink? More 

Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

It was my second time at Rideau Hall in August 2016. I enjoyed viewing the estate and touring the Governor General`s residence. It was so fancy and ornate :) The estate feels very English with large green lawns and gardens. It is definitely a beautiful place to have a nice picnic and enjoy the peaceful scenery as well :) Overall,... More 

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

We are happy you enjoyed your visit at Rideau Hall, and we thank you for your recommendation to other visitors! More 

Quebec, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We visited with a group and the guide was very good. Each room was well explained. The grounds were the most interesting to see.

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Elise_L_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are happy that you enjoyed your visit at Rideau Hall. More 

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