Craigdarroch Castle, VictoriaCurrently Closed
- Address: 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, BC V8S 3L5, Canada
- Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-2505925323
- Ticket Price: 14 CAD
- Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Castle, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Architecture
About Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria
Contrary to its name, the Craigdarroch Castle is actually a grand mansion and not a real castle. It was built for wealthy entrepreneur, Robert Dunsmuir between 1887 and 1890. It is a very popular tourist attraction in Victoria and an ideal place to visit for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts. Often referred to as Canada’s Castle, the Victorian building has intricate woodwork, stain glass windows and beautiful furnishings. It is a designated National Historic Site of Canada.
One of the most beautiful architectural wonders in Canada, the mansion has established itself as a popular destination among historians and art buffs. You need to buy Craigdarroch Castle Tickets to enter the place. The Tickets for Craigdarroch Castle are available on the premises and you can get them by paying certain Craigdarroch Castle Ticket Prices. Children and students are provided concession in their Craigdarroch Castle Ticket Costs. Get early to Buy Tickets for Craigdarroch Castle as it will help in avoiding the crowd.
Craigdarroch Castle Information
- Visitors must use the automatic shoe-cleaner before entering as it helps preserve the carpets and floors of the castle.
- Please not that the castle is NOT wheelchair accessible.
- There is a short 30-minute film about the castle, played every hour on the half hour.
Craigdarroch Castle Ticket Prices
- Seniors- $12.95 CAD, Students- $8.95 (13+ with Valid ID) CAD, Children- $5.00 (6-12) CAD.
How To reach Craigdarroch Castle by Public Transport
- Public Transit Bus Routes: 11, 14, 15
Restaurants Near Craigdarroch Castle
- Ithaka Greek Restaurant
- Blue Fox Cafe
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Things to Know Before Visiting Craigdarroch Castle
36.71% of people who visit Victoria include Craigdarroch Castle in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
53.47% of people plan their visit to Craigdarroch Castle between 10 AM - 11 AM
2 Hrs 30 Minutes
People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Craigdarroch Castle
90.51% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Craigdarroch Castle
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Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria Reviews
This was a decent way to kill a view hours while in Victoria. They just finished renovations on a new ticket area and gift shop. The house itself is full of Victorian and Canadian history. Price is a bit steep for what you get inside. We would recommend going during a non-peak time. It wasn't busy while we were there and already seemed crammed in - wouldn't want to be there with a lot of people!
The castle is such a neat experience. You start by visiting the visitor info center to buy your passes. There is an audio tour available as well. The parking is free and be sure to give yourself at least 2 hours. There is a whole room of stuff to read, a little movie room that shows a short clip and a lot of really interesting history
Absolutely incredible place to see! This beautiful place was built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria. I couldn't believe the hand-carved wood throughout... stunning architectural design. The "smoking" room smelled of cigars and leather. The tour guide was very nice and friendly and offered a lot of history that you won't find online. I loved everything about this place and hope to go back some day.
This was now my 3rd time going to Craigdarroch. I was very happy with the new visitor's centre and even more excited to learn that they have plans to restore the kitchen back to what it may have looked like during the days this castle was used as a hospital during the war. The guides we talked with were very knowledgeable and we appreciated all they had to say. I love how there are signs which explain what use each room had during the different eras of history. Ex: a bedroom during the Dunsmuir's days, was also a hospital room during the war, and then a ballet room during the college days. Very informative and full of history!
So incredible to see how the very, very, very wealthy lived at the turn of the century. It is also cool to see how the castle is being restored to its original state in various rooms. Well worth the visit!