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Guided tours of historic City Hall open for the season

May 21, 2019 -

Kingston residents and visitors can learn the stories behind the artifacts, portraits and architecture within City Hall, a working National Historic Site, from knowledgeable volunteer tour guides beginning today. Guided tours will be available until mid-October.

"Our volunteer tour guides are passionate about the history of City Hall and proud to share its stories with our residents and visitors," says 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."

The tours begin in City Hall's Heritage Resource Centre and run until mid-October. Dates and hours of operation for 2019 City Hall tours are:

  • May 21 through Aug. 31 - Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sept. 3 until Oct. 10 - Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

City Hall has a team of volunteer tour guides and ambassadors who, each year, share stories about the artifacts, historic figures and portraits housed inside City Hall. City Hall's 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.

School tours and guided tours in French are available by appointment and must be booked in advance, preferably by email at education@cityofkingston.ca, or by calling 613-546-4291 ext. 1377.

Self-guided tours are available year-round with educational materials in English, French, Chinese, German and Spanish. Learn more about City Hall's self-guided tours at www.CityofKingston.ca/CityHallTours.

New volunteer guides are always needed and are encouraged to contact us to find out more information by emailing jlcampbell@cityofkingston.ca or calling 613-546-4291, ext. 1377.