The grounds of Rideau Hall are open daily from 8 a.m. to one hour before sunset. To minimize risk, indoor public programming has been postponed until further notice. For more information, please visit Rideau Hall/COVID-19.
How to Get Here and Parking
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1
The visitor entrance is located on Sussex Drive.
The Queen Elizabeth II Equestrian Monument in front of Rideau Hall’s main gate on Sussex Drive signals your arrival at the site.
On foot or by bicycle
Rideau Hall is a 3.5-kilometre walk from Parliament Hill along scenic Sussex Drive.
The visitor entrance is located on Sussex Drive. Bicycle racks are available near the Visitor Centre.
Free street parking is available in the surrounding neighbourhood (for a maximum of 3 hours), and visitors may enter on foot via Sussex Gate.
By public transportation
Visit www.octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390 for information on bus schedules and the location of bus stops near Rideau Hall. If you are travelling from Gatineau, contact Société des transports de l’Outaouais or call 819-770-3242 for routes and transfer schedules.
By tour bus
Tour buses can drop off visitors in the lay-by area adjacent to the site on Princess Avenue, next to the main entrance gate on Sussex Drive. Drivers must remain with their buses during the tours. Visitors may enter onto the site by nearby entrance gates located on Sussex Drive.
Visitors with reduced mobility
The residence and grounds can be reached by car, taxi or bus. Please call ahead to get up-to-date information on how to access the grounds or the parking lot. Parking is available for visitors with reduced mobility via the Princess Avenue entrance gate. Contact us at 1-866-842-4422 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 :30 p.m. from Monday to Friday for more information.
If you are coming to enjoy the grounds, it is more convenient to drop off your guests near the Sussex Gate and park on the surrounding streets.
Where to go once you arrive
A detailed map of the grounds will help you discover the highlights and history of this national historic site. Download our map of the grounds by using the free Wi-Fi from the plaza outside the Visitor Centre.
Thank you for not bringing your pets on the grounds.
- Washrooms are available at the Visitor Centre, located on Thomas Street (accessible through Sussex Gate).
- Picnic tables.
- Please let us know in advance if you have any special needs.
How to Make a Reservation
Depending on the time of the year, a reservation may be required. See residence tour or grounds tour schedules for details. Visitors must then contact us at least 48 hours in advance to make a reservation. Groups of 10 or more people must make a reservation at all times. Time slots are given out on the basis of first-come first-serve and the schedule of the official events.
For any inquiries or to make a reservation:
Rideau Hall is a working residence and opening hours are subject to change.