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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: 2-3 hours
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1 Sussex Dr | 1, Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited Rideau Hall not expecting much... we were surprisingly amazed by the place and all that happens in that house . Our French guide (Sarah) was simply wonderful. Her dynamism was contagious. We enjoyed our visit and to be noted that there is a...More

Thank CathyD70
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is nice to delve into history through touring houses however I thought the tour of the Rideau hall was a bit more chatty. Touring 4 rooms in an hour can become a bit boring. The grounds are nice for a short stroll and for...More

Thank stnm
RH_Melissa, Visitor Services at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for providing details about your experience at Rideau Hall. I'm very sorry that your visit left you a little bit unimpressed. On your next visit, we recommend you come back during the open doors hours from 3:00pm to 4:30 pm, to visit the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

There was so much to see and listen to the tour guide, next time we might tour the gardens. Really, to bad that some peoples children had to ruin the Changing of the guard. The tour guide tried her best to stop the young boy....More

Thank Mary-Lou D
RH_Melissa, Visitor Services at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know of your positive experience at Rideau Hall. We are very sorry for this inconvenience during the Changing of the guard. However, we are glad you had time to see it since they are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

What a terrific location for Canada's Governor General that he/she shares with Canadians and many more people from around the world. The grounds are beautiful and well manicured. The flower gardens are fragrant, lovely and well described. The house tours are by appointment (except between...More

Thank RETIREDTRAVELLER06
RH_Melissa, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are very happy to know that you enjoyed walking around the grounds of Rideau Hall! You are right - the rose garden is a must-see for everyone. We’re glad you got the chance to take a guided tour. As you pointed out, between 3:00pm...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I found the tour and interior to be underwhelming. You got see all the ceremonial spaces and the portraits of our past Governor Generals. The real gem is the grounds themselves. There are trees planted by monarchs, diplomats, and presidents. It's a beautiful park and...More

Thank Chelsea B
RH_Melissa, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback regarding your visit. We are very sorry that your tour experience was lacking interest. Our guides do have a wealth of knowledge on Rideau Hall’s history and do their best to cover what they can in...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A little bit on distance from the centre, still a nice walk of 30 minutes down Sussex Drive. If you arrive at the exact hour your welcomed by the changing of the Scottish guard. Then a beautiful walk through the gardens to the house. Students...More

Thank J N
RH_Melissa, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for providing the details of your experience at Rideau Hall! We are happy you enjoyed your visit. Compliments for our tour guides are always much appreciated, and we’ll be sure to pass them along. We’re glad your visit also included a chance to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Rideau Hall is a beautiful site to visit in Ottawa. It offers a great walk through a park, as well as a tour of the Governor General's residence. Christian, our guide, was very professional and no question went unanswered (both in English/French) - an hour...More

1  Thank ioana1232017
RH_Melissa, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and for complimenting your tour guide Christian’s work! All our tour guides are bilingual so they can answer all your questions and concerns. We hope to see you again soon. Melissa Assistant, Visitors Services

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited early on a Sunday morning and spent a couple of hours touring the grounds and the residence. Free parking is available on nearby streets with a short walking distance to the grounds. We started to walk along the paths of the expansive grounds, passing...More

Thank ksundae
RH_Melissa, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your glowing review! We will make sure to pass on your comment to Sara. Comments and reviews like yours make the guides’ efforts all the more worthwhile! We are glad you were able to enjoy the grounds, including the rose garden and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a recent business trip to Ottawa I had some free time to explore. While I've been to many of the sites in Ottawa, I've never been to Rideau Hall and it is certainly worth the time. If you don't mind walking you can get...More

Thank Margie S
RH_Melissa, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking time to review your visit at Rideau Hall! We are pleased that your first visit here was a memorable one. We are especially glad that you were able to see the Ceremonial Guards since they are only posted here for two...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked around the beautiful grounds. We took the guided tour of the Governor General's residence. Our guide was Bruno. He was interesting and informative.

Thank Wendy E
RH_Melissa, Public Relations Manager at Rideau Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for complimenting the tour guide’s work – it is greatly appreciated! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Melissa Bedard Assistant, Visitors Services

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KathyWinnipeg
4 May 2017|
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Response from RH_Melissa | 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
23 December 2016|
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Response from RH_Melissa | 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
13 April 2016|
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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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