New Season of City Hall Guided Tours Begins

Published on: 2019/05/21 - in News

Residents and visitors to Kingston are invited to take guided tours of City Hall to learn the stories behind the artifacts, portraits and architecture within City Hall, a working National Historic Site.

Conducted by knowledgeable volunteer guides, the program begins today – with the tours starting in City Hall’s Heritage Resource Centre – and continue until mid-October.

City Hall tours this season from today until August 31 take place Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Beginning September 3 until October 10, tours will be conducted Monday through Thursday from 10am to 4pm.

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“Our volunteer tour guides are passionate about the history of City Hall and proud to share its stories with our residents and visitors,” said Jennifer Campbell, manager, cultural heritage. “These free tours offer a unique perspective on City Hall and share an important part of Kingston’s heritage with visitors from around the world.”

According to a release, tour attractions include one of the finest collections of mayoral portraits in North America, with 61 recently restored portraits dating as far back as the 1840s.

Appointments can be made in advance for school tours and guided tours in French. To make arrangements, email or phone 613-546-4291 ext. 1377.

Self-guided tours are also available year-round with educational materials in English, French, Chinese, German and Spanish.

More information about the tours can be found at the City Hall Tours page. Members of the community interested in becoming a volunteer guide – particularly those multilingual in English and French or Chinese – are encouraged to contact or call 613-546-4291, ext. 1377.

UPDATE: See some of the tour in this City of Kingston video: