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Government House is owned by the Crown in Right of British Columbia, and is the residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the province.
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1401 Rockland Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 1V9, Canada
+1 250-387-2080
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Take down the lights. It looks tacky in the evening. December is really the time to turn them on. The building is beautiful by itself.

Thank Daniela P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cannot make it out to Buchart Gardens because your cruise ship idiotically docks after 4pm? Try Government House gardens and experience a Royal lodge's park, magnificent trees, wonderful rose and herb gardens. Black-tailed deer, too! We could only peer through the windows into the "House"...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The house itself is rarely open to the public, but the gardens are open daily. And my, what gardens they are! There are acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with benches and paths -- and very few people. My husband and I spent about an hour...More

Thank KerryandTim
Reviewed 6 August 2018

We did not tour the inside no but building but spent about an hour walking through the beautiful gardens. It is truly an urban gem. It is gorgeous.

Thank NewYorkNYTraveler
Reviewed 6 August 2018

If yo udon't have the time or cash to see Butchart Gardens, then head here. It is located in Rockland not far from downtown Victoria. The gardens are smaller, but well kept and beautiful. The rose garden is one of my favorites. The tea shop...More

Thank dgarneau
Reviewed 27 July 2018

A bit out of the way but worth the visit. Building was closed on Saturday when we visited but the grounds are always open I believe. Lots to see and enjoy a quiet walk. Flowers are gorgeous. There are also several buildings with costumes and...More

Thank Michele C
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

Expansive and beautiful. The gardens were well taken care of and there were breathtaking views of the bay.

1  Thank Campbell c
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

The gardens at Govt. House are spectacular. Much better than the Disneyland spectacle of Butchart Gardens, much more peaceful, less crowded, and free to the public. Information panels around the gardens provide lots of historical info. We intended on spending an hour here but ended...More

1  Thank SDNorthCountyTrekker
Reviewed 9 July 2018

This is a great place to visit for the beautiful grounds and gardens. We actually have been here many times and still found new areas we hadn't walked through before. We sat in the shade on the lawn and had a picnic lunch. They had...More

Thank Brian D. F
Reviewed 9 July 2018

The volunteers that work in the gardens and the museums really make the visit special. We loved the tour of the ladies gowns in the costume museum given by Pat. Thanks to Ann who spent some time with us in the military costume museum and...More

1  Thank Noluck7
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7 August 2017|
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Response from Emma P | Reviewed this property |
Enjoy this beautiful garden and Grounds.
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13 March 2017|
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Response from somegalfromcan | Reviewed this property |
Nope fee - and the grounds are always open (except when member of the Royal family are staying there). Occasionally there are events happening in the house or on the grounds which are also open to the public - my favourite... More
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4 December 2016|
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Response from Helen W | Reviewed this property |
The the grounds are very rarely closed - the last time was when the Prince and Princess and children stayed there. Other than that, I can't recall a time when the grounds were not open to the public.