Bellevue House National Historic Site, Kingston

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Take a trip back in time to mid-19th century Canada with a visit to Bellevue House National Historic Site. This restored 1840s house and gardens once belonged to Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. McDonald. Costumed staff perform tasks around the house, while giving guests illuminating insight into the daily life of the McDonald family. Watch as they wield scythes in the garden using techniques from the period. Go on a guided tour to bring your visit alive with stories and information surrounding McDonald's time spent living here. Use our Kingston trip site to arrange your visit to Bellevue House National Historic Site and other attractions in Kingston.
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  • Unfortunately, we arrived on opening day (May 19, 2018) and were not able to tour the house due to the ceilings being 'under construction'. The staff was courteous and understanding, and waived any ad...  more »
  • For some reason unknown, the Bellevue House was closed to visitation, meaning we can't see her inside, however the neighborhood in which it is embedded is very beautiful and worth the visit.
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  • Don't hesitate to visit this museum! Feels like you are stepping back in time! Can't imagine living back then.....but this gives you a serious look at how things were. Especially loved the vegetable g...  more »
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  • This was one of my favorite places to go to, growing up. It's been years since my last visit. Took my son and his family here last summer. It was really nice to know that much hadn't changed, with the exception that 2 rooms were now open to go into.
  • Took a great tour through this property. We were there in the summer months where there are guided tours, all in costume from the correct time period. There was a lot of valuable information presented by our guide who was very good. I would suggest paying the nominal amount to get the guided tour as it made it much more enjoyable.
  • This National Historic Site is a must see. Home of our 1st Prime Minister. Staff is very knowledgeable. A wonderful place to take your child to. Knowledge is key to your child's development.
  • Bellevue House is a National Historic Site of Canada where Canada's first Prime Minister Sir John Alexander MacDonald lived for about a year with his sick wife and their son. Today, this location consists of a little museum and the original property where you can visit the entire house as well as its big garden. People who are working there are dressed like the charwomen, gardeners and nurses back in the middle of the nineteenth century. Visiting this location is like traveling back in time and a truly authentic experience. The entance fee is reasonable and the staff is very professional. If you care for Canadian history, you should definitely visit this place.
  • I arrived a little late, they were getting ready to close, had about 45 min to take some pics and ask some questions. A great Fist Nations exhibit in the first building. Great place to learn about how Canada was formed and how settlers first lived here in North America in the Olden days.
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