Billings Estate National Historic Site
Visit the historic estate of one of Ottawa's founding families and learn the impact the Billings family had on the city’s history. They settled on the shores of the Rideau River in 1812 and helped build farms, an early Ottawa bridge and a timber business.
The Billings Family Story Exhibit
The Billings Family Story is the museum’s primary exhibit. It looks at the lives of five generations of Billings who lived in Gloucester Township and abroad. Find out about their contributions to their communities, education, religion, science, and more.
Take your class to the Billings Estate National Historic Site for our unique school programs. See the complete list.
Hours of operation
- The 2013 season begins on May 12 and ends October 31, re-opens for special Christmas programming.
- The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Closed on Monday and Tuesday, except by appointment.
- Special events and programs are offered throughout the year, including the off-season.
- After the season ends, contact the museum at 613-247-4830 to make an appointment for a private tour.
Children under the age of 5 are admitted for free
Group rates are available
Location, Directions & Parking
The museum is located at 2100 Cabot Street.
- Take Riverside Drive South to Pleasant Park. There are lights at the intersection for Riverside and Pleasant Park.
- Turn left onto Pleasant Park and follow it to Cabot Street.
- Turn right onto Cabot Street and follow the signs to the museum.
- Free parking is available and there is room for buses to park.
Public transportation: The museum is near the Pleasant Park transit station. Consult OC Transpo for route information and times.
Work with us to shape your experience. Contact the museum before your visit to discuss your needs. Information about accessibility at the facility, programs and services is available upon request.
Spoil yourself with the Billings Estate's high tea served overlooking this National Historic Site's beautiful flower gardens. Choose a scone and tea served with Devonshire cream and jam or order our 3-tier service with finger sandwiches, scones, and desserts. Visitors are welcome to bring their own snacks or meals and picnic on the grounds.
Tea on the Lawn
- Served from May 12 to August 28 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., rain or shine.
- Contact the museum for the daily menu and pricing.
- Reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment.
- Indoor tea service is also available to groups by reservation during the rest of the year.
Please note that due to special events the Tea on the Lawn will not be served on the following dates:
- Vintage Bike Show- August 18
The museum’s gift shop sells a selection of unique gift items and souvenirs like teapots or souvenirs for kids. The store is open during regular business hours.
Billings Estate National Historic Site welcomes volunteers. If you would like to act as an interpreter, researcher, gardener, or an event volunteer, please visit Museums and Heritage Programs.
Donations help us improve the Billings Estate National Historic Site and preserve artifacts. Thank you for your generosity.
2100 Cabot Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K1