Government House

About this place

Government House stands as the distinguished office and official residence of the Lieutenant Governor, while also serving as the ceremonial haven for all British Columbians. Nestled within the Rockland neighbourhood of Victoria, this historic edifice rests on the ancestral lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. The lush Government House grounds, accessible year-round from dawn to dusk, offer an inviting retreat, adorned with meticulously cared-for gardens, captivating sculptures, and remarkable artwork. While the House itself operates as both a working office and a private abode, it opens its doors to the public on specific occasions. Guided tours are available monthly and can be arranged for educational and non-profit groups upon reservation. Maintained by the devoted volunteers of the Friends of the Government House Gardens Society, the gardens exude timeless beauty, with pathways that reveal enchanting views of the Olympic Peninsula. Don't miss the ethereal Rose Garden! The Cary Castle Mews, an ensemble of 19th-century service buildings, graces the estate and, thanks to the efforts of the Government House Foundation, has been revitalized for public enjoyment. Drop by the charming Rudi's Tea Room within Butterworth Cottage for a delightful culinary experience, serving delectable lunch, tea, pastries, and more. For a captivating glimpse into the past, the expanded Costume Museum within the Carriage House showcases an array of period garments, including historical uniforms and dresses, accompanied by the intriguing history of the Lieutenant Governor's Office. The Lawrence J. Patten Heraldry Exhibit, also housed in the Mews, educates visitors about the captivating world of heraldry. Located at 1401 Rockland Avenue, a mere 20-minute walk or five-minute drive from downtown, Government House is easily accessible, and free parking is provided on-site. Alternatively, buses on Victoria Regional Transit routes 11 and 14 make stops conveniently close to Government House.

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