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Rideau Hall, Ottawa

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Take a tour of the official residence of the Canadian monarch and their representative at Rideau Hall. Dubbed "Canada's House," this National Historic Site holds both cultural and architectural importance. As you explore some of the residence's 175 rooms, a knowledgeable guide will take you through the history of the monarchy in the country, including the role kings and queens have played in governance. Growing out from a villa constructed in 1838, the building has served its current purpose since 1867, with many of the rooms used for state affairs. Put Rideau Hall on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Ottawa itinerary builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    When we couldn't get tickets to Parliament we took Uber to Rideau Hall and the four of got our own hour tour and learned a lot. Plus it was free!  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Don't be fooled by the main building, the real beauty is the Park! Beautiful colors, beautiful nature, and especially most of the trees went on the slopes a plaque in memory of a certain meeting held inside the building between politicians such as Kennedy, Nixon, Elizabeth II, Scalfaro, Yeltsin and many more ...
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  • August 14, 2017
    Possibly not the most popular place to visit in Ottawa, but we're glad we went. The history of the place is quite fascinating, the tours are free and the guides & security teams are so friendly. This ...  more »
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  • May 7, 2017
    Home of Canada's Governor General, Rideau Hall residence and it's grounds are a fabulous place year round. Spring, Summer & Fall enjoy the expertly manicured gardens and trees surrounding the property. Winter take a skate on the historic outdoor skating rink. Be sure to take a free tour of the residence to see some of Ottawa's best interior architecture and design.
  • May 8, 2017
    Rideau Hall is the official residence of the Governor General of Canada. The house is surrounded by a stunning park with beautiful plants and trees but also some memorials and statues. The fact that you can freely walk through this park is another example for Canada's uniquely open-minded spirit.
  • July 4, 2017
    It's a big official house with lots of history, but I particularly enjoyed the collection of Canadian art. it is the second best gallery in Ottawa after the National Gallery of Canada.
  • July 4, 2017
    Great tour, just enough history, great stories and a chance to see the lublin spaces of Rideau Hall! A must see in Ottawa!
  • May 16, 2017
    Karema was the best tour guide ever — super funny and charismatic. best tour of a house i've ever had. 10/10 would recommend. -a student of Crowther Memorial Junior High School

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