Craigdarroch CastleCurrently 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
Craigdarroch Castle - Review
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
65.8% of people who visit Victoria include Craigdarroch Castle in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
52.73% of people start their Craigdarroch Castle visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
2 Hrs 30 Minutes
People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Craigdarroch Castle
88.57% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Craigdarroch Castle
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Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria Reviews
Pleasantly surprised by this castle. I wasn't sure what to expect from looking online, but it turned out to be a gem during my trip to Victoria. It felt much larger going through the entire castle. It is in the Victorian style, so it is a finished interior with lots of beautiful woodwork and stained glass windows, most of them original. There is quite a history to this building, and while the castle society tried to highlight all of the good times had by the family which built the castle, I couldn't help but be saddened by the fact that the patriarch of the family had the castle commissioned but died shortly before it was completed. His widow then lived here with her grown children for a while, however each of them moved out when they got married and developed their own lives. In the end the widow died after living there for about 18 years, and the castle was donated via lottery and not kept in the family. The castle was eventually converted to a working hospital for wartime service then later became a college for women. The castle society has preserved some of the rooms as they were in the time of the hospital and college, as well as restored much of the original living conditions and servants quarters. It is a beautiful house with lots of history and very well-organized self-guided tour with much information provided in the handout and plaques stationed throughout. Plan to spend 1-2 hours here, depending on your curiosity and desire to read the plaques. It was time well-spent and I will remember my trip here with fond memories.
This should be a "must see" for anyone visiting Victoria, BC. The Castle has such a rich & varied history, in and of itself, is interesting. That it is a gorgeous monument to architecture, woodworking, and masonry is quite another, altogether. I liked the treatment of the exhibits, with some reflecting the genuine home life when this was 'just' a home and some demonstrating the building's other uses over time. It's worth looking into every nook & cranny! I have mobility issues, so it might have been better to take it more slowly. Keep in mind you will be walking hundreds of stairsteps by the end, if you want to see it all--which we did. Thankfully, there are seats for resting on every level.
Craigdarroch was one of our stops on the hop-on-hop-off bus. We hopped off and spent close to two hours during this beautiful home which was later used as a military hospital and a college. They done a great job of representing all the different incarnations of the house since it was built by the dunsmure family is a primary residence in 1890. We had a wonderful docent who told us a lot about the family history and explain some of the artifacts in the home. It's self-guided five story, leisurely walk up a beautiful staircase with three to rooms to explore on each floor. Very worth the visit and it fascinating peek into American history and a family who made their money in the coal industry.
Absolutely fantastic adventure for anyone interested in history. The details of the home where the Dunsmuir family of Victoria BC lived in is exquisitely reborn to look as it did in the late 1800's. Many of the original family heirlooms are in their proper place. Every room has one or more explanation boards informing you about what you see. Also the guide sheets that are given to you are helpful. Tours can be arranged if requested in advance. Well worth the time and effort. There is limited parking available.
I absolutely loved Craigdarroch Castle! She was my most favorite visit of Victoria. In addition to the beautiful stained glass and ornate Romanesque exterior, all of the woodwork was just gorgeous. The castle's staircase and entry are stained white oak and the library has built-in cabinets made out of Spanish mahogany. I strongly recommend visiting Craigdarroch, because she's absolutely gorgeous.