Craigdarroch CastleCurrently Open [Closes at 04:30 pm]
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.
- 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.
- Seniors- $12.95 CAD, Students- $8.95 (13+ with Valid ID) CAD, Children- $5.00 (6-12) CAD.
- Public Transit Bus Routes: 11, 14, 15
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65.61% 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
It is not a castle. It is a Victorian mansion originally owned by a rich mining tycoon. All of the belongings were sold off after the wife passed. They are buying back items but it is more of a museum of Victorian living of a rich family. There is not any elaborate jewelry to view. The house has various owners and uses which they explain as you go through each room. If you like Victorian houses and history, or romance novels, then you may like it. There are narratives of the family and what became of the children and fortune. There is a gift shop. Restrooms are next door where you buy your tickets and the gift shop is located next door as well. You cannot touch anything and I understand for preservation reasons. It was a nice leisurely walk down Fort Street to see it. I believe that you can make up your mind whether you want to visit from this summary without my personal opinion.
Beautiful historical site that has been restored to its former glory. This is a museum that showcases the life of a local wealthy family at the turn of the last century. It is well worth the trip for those who enjoy architecture, history, and antiques. This is a self guided tour with many volunteers around to answer questions. Not recommended for those who have mobility issues as there are a number of stairs that must be climbed. My favorite aspects of this site include extensive beautiful woodwork throughout and the view looking up (and down) the main staircase.
Always a pleasure to go here. It's not the greatest with young kids because some areas are roped off, and pretty much everything is look but don't touch. Great for those who can visually appreciate, not so great for those who are inclined to want to touch.
This castle has 4 floors. It's amazing and you will fall in love with it since you enter the main door. It's one of those castles you see in the movies. Rooms are originally recreated as they used to be, and in each room there are frames where you can read all the stories. There is also a piano on the 4th floor you can play. I wish I could live there.
If you love antiques, castles and the late 1800s This is the place for you. Absolutely love this castle. It has been kept in such a great condition. Please stop and chat with the staff because they will answer all your questions. One of my questions was if they were able to keep most of the families belongings. It just takes you back to a time that was so long ago. The architecture and the woodwork is absolutely fantastic. Highly recommend this castle during the rainy days.