Government House

Government House

Located in Mid-Levels on Upper Albert Road, this colonial gem was the former official residence of 25 British governors of Hong Kong prior to the handover in 1997. Before Hong Kong’s architecture began scraping the sky, this location provided the building with sweeping harbour views.

Built between 1851 and 1855, the building originally had strong Georgian features but was extensively redesigned by engineer Siechi Fujimura during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in the Second World War. The wartime renovations included a toning down of European features and the addition of a central tower.

In 2005, Government House reverted to its original role when it became home and office of the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The splendid gardens of lovely rhododendrons and azaleas are opened for public viewing on special occasions.

Upper Albert Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong Island
+852 2878 3300
How to get there
  • Bus 3B or 12 from outside Jardine House or bus 23 or 40 from outside Pacific Place and alight near Hong Kong Park. Walk past Hong Kong Squash Centre and St. John's Building and cross to Garden Road to US Consulate. Government House is next to the US Consulate.
  • MTR Central Station, Exit K. Walk through the HSBC Main Building, then across Queen's Road Central and uphill along Garden Road.
Remarks: Not open to public.
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