- Address: Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4, Canada
- Phone: +1-6139924793
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:20 Hrs
- Tags: Family And Kids
Parliament Hill - Review
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 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
70.79% of people who visit Ottawa include Parliament Hill in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
50.97% of people start their Parliament Hill visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Parliament Hill
80.22% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Parliament Hill
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Parliament Hill, Ottawa Reviews
Parliament hill experience was great. We stand in queue to get free passes. My expectation were not high. But experience was great. Guided tour was great experience. Thought it was busy day our guide was knowledgeable as well as patient to answer all our queries. Also I am impresses with management they have inside parliamentary.
If you are visiting Ottawa, this is the one place that you cannot miss. Free tours are made available to the public on a first come first serve basis. Visitors can pick up passes at a counter that is located across the street from the Parliament's central entrance. You cannot miss it because the queue will be long. Don't be discouraged by the length of the queue because it moves efficiently. Get there early, but get a ticket for later that day. Instead of waiting around aimlessly for your free tour, walk over to the National Gallery, which is another must-see attraction. The parliament tour that I took was led by a very perky young woman who knew many stories about the building and was able to answer questions convincingly.
This is a must visit place. I recommend you book your tour couple of weeks prior your visit as the tours are quite busy all year long. There are many important places in the tour such as the House of Commons, Senate, Parliament library, Central Block, and Memorial Chamber and the Peace Tower. Don't leave before you take the elevator all the way to the top of the Peace Tower, as the view is wonderful.
One of the must visit locations when you are in Ottawa. All buildings are looking old and kinda great. The endless grass garden looks perfect. I must also mention the officers working there. They are very friendly and kind and helpful. I personally spent an hour around to take really good pictures of the buildings and myself in front of these memorable buildings.
Guide was amazing and had a lot of good information to explain to the group, was very knowledgeable and answered all questions asked - which was only one by a little girl: "will we see Mr. Justin Trudeau?" - his response was, "fingers crossed, I hope so!". Very positive way to answer. :) Was nice to visit before the building closes for a decade. View at the top of the Peace Tower is stunning. Wish I had a library as beautiful as the one in the Parliament building.