Bellevue House National Historic Site, Kingston

4.3
Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Take a trip back in time to mid-19th century Canada with a visit to Bellevue House National Historic Site. This restored 1840s house and gardens once belonged to Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. McDonald. Costumed staff perform tasks around the house, while giving guests illuminating insight into the daily life of the McDonald family. Watch as they wield scythes in the garden using techniques from the period. Go on a guided tour to bring your visit alive with stories and information surrounding McDonald's time spent living here. Use our Kingston trip site to arrange your visit to Bellevue House National Historic Site and other attractions in Kingston.
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  • Beautiful Italian villa, once the home of Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada's First Prime Minister. Friendly, knowledgeable staff, all of whom are bilingual.  more »
  • Gorgeous old home, in a beautiful setting, and arguably of some historical importance given that our first Prime Minister lived there. How sad and unfortunate that it's been allowed to degrade. It is....  more »
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  • Last year we flew to Kingston to attend our daughter's graduation ceremony and decided to make it a two week vacation and visit most of the recommended Tourist Attractions. We spend a wonderful two weeks of significantly interesting and historical attractions which were always well presented by enthusiastic tour guides whom had a lot of knowledge about the attraction. One of the many was at Bellevue House! The whole presentation, the whole interior decor , the gardens, easily brought us back in time! After all, Sir John A MacDonald was Canada's first Prime Minister and Kingston was Canada's first Capital!
  • Interesting old place to visit. The house is under renovation when I visited and it was free entree. The people are so good inside. There is a free tea coffee with chance to taste the food grown in yard organic. There are toys displayed that were remade to look like how toys were then. There is a pretty old tree in the back yard. Worth watching!!

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