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Niagara District Court House

The Niagara Court House was constructed c. 1847 and served as the official county seat of Niagara District – with courtrooms, meeting rooms and jail cells – until the judicial courts were moved to St. Catharines in 1862. Its large courtroom interior was home to the Shaw Festival’s Court House Theatre until 1973. Today, Parks Canada and the Chamber of Commerce use the building for offices. The Court House received designation as a National Historic Site in 1981. For Digital Doors Open, learn more about the site in the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Contact info

26 Queen Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Telephone: 905-468-3061, ext. 263


Year built: 1847
Architect: William Thomas
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Courthouse, Historical landmark, Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara District Court House 26 Queen Street