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Rideau Hall

Rideau Hall
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Type of Attraction
Castles, Palaces, Historic Homes
Day Trip
Interests That Apply
Politics, Local Culture, History, Architecture
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
Eating: This is NOT a good place to get a meal or snack.
Restrooms: Available
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Rideau Hall

Governor General's Residence

Family Time Must See

Address: Phone:
1 Sussex Dr
(Near Rideau Gate)
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A1
+1 613 991 4422 / +1 866 842 4422
Fax: +1 613 993 1656


Rideau Hall, which was built in 1838, has been the official residence of the Queen's representative to Canada since 1867. The grounds cover more than 32 hectares and feature a magnificent greenhouse and ornamental gardens. Visitors can take a self-guided tour or book one of the many guided tours offered during the summer months. There are a number of events hosted by the Governor General throughout the year.

What you should know before visiting Rideau Hall

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 8am-dusk, daily
Notes: Tour times for the residence vary by season. See website or call ahead for a current schedule.
Visit Time: 30min-1.5hr
Average Wait Time: 0-15min
Notes: There may be a wait for house tours in summer, and to enter the grounds during major events, such as the Governor-General's Garden Party.
Price: Free


Indoor with climate control. Notes: Exposure at the site is mixed. The grounds are open with little shelter, but the house is climate controlled.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: All Ages
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Bicycle Bus Taxi Walking
Notes: Take the #3 Hurdman bus from the Rideau Centre.
Parking Availability: Limited
Average Price per Hour: Free
Parking Safety: Safe
Notes: On-site parking is for visitors with disabilities only. Otherwise, street parking in nearby neighborhoods or the garage at the old Ottawa City Hall a few minutes' walk away are your main options.

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