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Rideau Hall

1 Sussex Dr | 1, Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
+1 866-842-4422
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Sussex Dr | 1, Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

There is something so beautiful about being surrounded by greatness! This is the second time I come here and I decided to give more attention to the outdoors area, where every tree planted has a story 😍

Thank Cindy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were unable to have a tour of the mansion, but the grounds is good for spending some time; I liike the scuplture Osmosis and the totem pole. Best of all was the time we spent at the visitor's center. The staff was very knowledgeable...More

Thank banares
Naika_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and for complimenting your tour guide’s work! We hope to be welcome you again the next time you are visiting. This summer, we will have regular tours running daily; hopefully you'll be able to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Historic grounds where you will find many trees planted by foreign dignitaries. Rideau Hall was built by a wealthy Scottish stonemason who helped build the Rideau canal. Later purchased by the Canadian government and is now home to the Governor General. The house is not...More

Thank maevans70
Naika_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Rideau Hall is, in fact, open to the public for tours! Starting June 29, we will have regular tours daily, no reservations required. Contact us at guide@gg.ca for more information. Naïka St-Arnauld Assistant to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is open to the public at most times, but there is not really much to see. The ground can be nice, but the house is just a mansion with little more to see. Even the tours tend to be a bit staid, as there...More

Thank Edward W
Naika_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback regarding your visit. I'm very sorry that you left feeling a little bit unsatisfied with your experience at Rideau Hall. We are always looking to improve our visitor experience. I would invite you to contact...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In this rain-filled Spring, we were fortunate to have a sunny and warm late morning to visit Rideau Hall. The grounds are magnificent with a wide variety of flowers and trees. Memorial plaques and various gardens enrich the experience. The highlight for me was the...More

1  Thank Foodie2758
Naika_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello, We are glad you enjoyed yourself and couldn't agree more in that Rideau Hall is something everyone may wish to enjoy. Thank you for your comment! Naïka St-Arnauld Assistant to Visitor Services

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arranged a visit 4 weeks before our trip to Ottawa for a guided tour. We were in Ottawa only for 2 days! When we arrived, we were told there was no tour on that day as there was a special event. We were never...More

Thank Chantale-Michel
Naika_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello, I am sorry that we were not able to get in touch with you regarding the last-minute cancelation of your tour. We did, in fact, leave a voicemail and sent an email with the contact information we had on hand. As you know, Rideau...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went on a tour...wonderful...gorgeous decor and amazing history everywhere. Walked through the gardens...beautiful! Definitely time well spent.

Thank Sue M
Naika_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review! We are happy that you enjoyed your visit at Rideau Hall. Naïka St-Arnauld Assistant to Visitor Services

Reviewed 23 May 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this beautiful building. I had no idea how lovely this building is inside. I wished I could have spent more time there.

Thank PerthDarter
Naika_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We're glad you enjoyed your visit and connected with the site's story! Thank you for the great review! We hope to be able to welcome you again at Rideau Hall, the next time you visit Ottawa. Naïka St-Arnauld Assistant to Visitor Services

Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

While the building itself has some nice art, and the tour guides are great, the tour itself is only in a few rooms, much is under construction. There are better sights.More

Thank malscum
Naika_RH, Guest Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write feedback regarding your visit. I'm very sorry that you left feeling a little bit unsatisfied with your experience at Rideau Hall due to the construction. We are expecting the rehabilitation work to be done before Canada Day....More

Reviewed 17 May 2017

Guides are students but do an excellent job. It becomes apparent how costly these building cost to maintain and renovate when you see all the renovations and the grand size of the properties.More

Thank kathleen17259
Naika_RH, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your comment about Rideau Hall! We are proud of our team of guides; they are throroughly trained on the history of Rideau Hall, the role and responsiblities of the Governor General as well as the political system of Canada. The forecourt construction...More

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KathyWinnipeg
Is there parking available?
4 May 2017|
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Response from Naika_RH | 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
Re New years levy. I would like to attend the Levy this 1 Jan 2017. Is it open to ret'd RCAF service. Time, dress. Thankyou.
23 December 2016|
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Response from Naika_RH | 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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faithseven
I Would like to know how to book a tour and what time is the residence open to the public
13 April 2016|
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Response from Naika_RH | Property representative |
Good morning, Thank you for inquiring about tours at Rideau Hall. We offer tours year-round but the departures vary depending on the season. We could be able to confirm you the exact date and times of tours that would... More
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