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Kingston City Hall

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Kingston
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Address: 216 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Z3, Canada
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+1 613-546-0000
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

A prominent landmark on the Kingston waterfront since 1844, City Hall is...

A prominent landmark on the Kingston waterfront since 1844, City Hall is the symbolic centre of the community's civic government and administration. Originally designed by architect George Browne when Kingston was the capital of the United Province of Canada, City Hall is one of finest 19th century buildings in Canada and a nationally designated heritage site. Learn more about Kingston City Hall's fascinating history, beautiful architecture - and about the intriguing people, events and stories associated with this national historic site. Those interested in heritage architecture will also enjoy the newly-opened Heritage Resource Centre in the Market Square wing. In 2016, free guided tours are offered weekdays from May 16 through Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed statutory holidays) and weekends from May 24 through Aug. 28. Tours begin at the main entrance of City Hall off Ontario Street.

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Canada's first capital

If you are ever in Kingston Ontario this is a must visit. Volunteers will give you a guided tour and answer all your questions.

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Kingston Ontario
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are ever in Kingston Ontario this is a must visit. Volunteers will give you a guided tour and answer all your questions.

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Cambridge, Ontario Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a beautiful building by the waterfront in Kingston. It really stands out. The fountain across the street really makes for a beautiful photo with the City Hall in behind. There is also a wonderful market behind City Hall on Saturdays.

Thank Belle T
Dalton-in-furness, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Some nice stained glass windows and paintings. The outside of the building is good to look at the architecture is brilliant. There is a museum in the basement which still has the old police cells.

Thank Andy J
Easthampton MA
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

In April most attractions were closed but we did enjoy walking around the city. We made the city and the Information office our stop and they guided us to historical sites. We walked the city for about two hours.

Thank 24thIDTraveller
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Nice old building. Nice spot to sit and people watch with a coffee. Never been inside but I suspect it matches the exterior.

Thank Todd H
Katy, Texas
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Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Well worth the visit. Beautiful building from outside and inside. Historical facts presented through documents and illustrations. Time well spent.

Thank engped
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

Taking a tour of Kingston City Hall came as a recommendation from a friend. Kingston City Hall faces Lake Ontario, so you have a spectacular view from the front steps. The tour is self-guided (you print out a PDF of the facilities), you tour the council chambers, learn the history of Kingston from items recovered from digs, see how the... More 

Thank Monica D
Kingston, Canada
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Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our tour the massive paintings hanging in the great hall are something to see. The church like windows are also pretty special. It's a must stop if your in the area.

Thank stick416
Harlingen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

Was a great history lesson. Not many realize that Kingston was the first Capital City of Canada and the City Hall was the Parliament Building at that time. New restoration has made this worth seeing.

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Gatineau, Canada
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

The interior is just as beautiful as the exterior. Inside, you are allowed to visit one room on the main floor which talks about the history of the city. Then, you can visit the 2nd floor where the city council can be in session (and we actually saw them in session). The architecture is worth seeing.

Thank Pierre D

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