Parliament Hill, Ottawa
- Address: Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4, Canada
- Phone: +1-6139924793
- Time Required: 01:20 Hrs
- Tags: Family And Kids
About Parliament Hill, Ottawa
Feel close to political royalty by taking a tour of the Parliament Hill and Buildings. The parliament suite which still houses the Canadian legislature, was built in 1859 and is one of the most visited places in the country. The hill was a military base all through the 18th century till the early 19th century. The peace tower was added in 1927. Today, the buildings are loved for its sheers history, Gothic-revival design and heavenly gardens.
Main attractions of the hill include:
- Centennial Flame
- Canadian Police Memorium dedicated to the Canadian Police officers who were killed since 1879.
- Victoria Tower Bell
- War of 1812 Monument
Parliament Hill Opening and Closing Hours
- Opening hours vary depending on the day and time of your visit. Please consult Centre Block Guided Tour departures for up-to-date information.
- Centre Block is open for tours year-round. East Block is open from July to early September.
- Access to the buildings cannot be guaranteed and schedules are subject to change without notice.
- Parliament is closed on Christmas Day (December 25), New Year’s Day (January 1) and Canada Day (July 1).
Ticketing center hours (at 90 Wellington Street): September- to March Weekdays: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
- Weekends: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm April- May
- Weekdays: 7:45 am to 5:00 pm
- Weekends: 7:45 am to 6:00 pm May- June
- Weekdays: 9:00 am to 7:30 pm
- Weekends: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm July- September
- Daily: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
- Actual dates vary every year. For more information, visit the official website.
- Guided tours: first come firs- served basis.
- For group tours of more than 10 people, do make prior reservations.
- Same day tickets for individual visits are available at 9.00 am daily.
- For other hours, visit the official website.
- Recommended time of arrival is at 9.00 am.
How To reach Parliament Hill by Public Transport
- By Bus: Wellington / O'Connor
- By Taxi
- By renting a Car/ Bicycle.
- On foot
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Things to Know Before Visiting Parliament Hill
95% of people who visit Ottawa include Parliament Hill in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
60.68% of people plan their visit to Parliament Hill between 08 AM - 09 AM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Parliament Hill
80.52% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Parliament Hill
Parliament Hill, Ottawa Reviews
Parliament is always an amazing place to visit. And Canadian architectural gem with well maintained grounds. Security are all over the grounds. Safe place to bring the family. This year we were able to make it up over the Christmas holidays. We were able to make it out for a skate on the Canada 150 hockey rink right on parliament hill.
Only way it could have been better is if Justin Trudeau wasn't there as PM. Lots of construction as always. You can't get all the way around behind parliament past the library as it is blocked off at the stairs that go down the ravine area on the west side. Had a tour which was great. The ticket lone moved fast. The king of Belgium and his wife were there when we visited. Quite the entourage they travel with. They kept GM in business with all of the Suburbans and Yukons.
My wife and I went to see the Canada 150 nightly show here and it was awesome. A lot of people showed up to watch and was a bit crowded but the atmosphere was great. I really hope they continue doing things like that because it was a great representation of Canada. I would definitely go back if they had a similar experience commemorating something else.
The parliament hill is among a very few worth visiting spots in Ottawa. I had lots of fun there with friends and alone. It looks lovely and it is very lively. Unfortunately I didn't get to catch the parliament tour because the line was always ridiculously long or the tickets were sold out. I would definitely visit if I were visiting Ottawa but I wouldn't visit Ottawa just to see it
Amazing architecture! This is a great place to visit if you are in Ottawa. Probably the number one attraction. They give a free tour of the Parliament building. Our tour guide was excellent and informative. You are encouraged to ask questions about Canadian politics so that as a group you can leave more informed. On the tour, you are allowed to take photographs of the amazing beauty of the building. It was an excellent visit, and highly recommend it!