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Craigdarroch Castle

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Address: 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-592-5323
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Description: Completed in 1890, Craigdarroch is a stately home built by the pioneering...
Completed in 1890, Craigdarroch is a stately home built by the pioneering couple Robert and Joan Dunsmuir, who at the time of its construction were the wealthiest people in British Columbia. Called a 'castle' due to its imposing exterior, the luxurious interior has been restored to look as though the visitor is a guest of Mrs. Dunsmuir during the 1890s. It features beautiful woodwork, unique Victorian artifacts, and an impressive collection of original stained glass, all within a pleasant walk from downtown Victoria.
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What a large castle! We toured the castle and had very informative guides on every level of the castle. We actually stayed about 2 hours we enjoyed it so much. We watched the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

What a large castle! We toured the castle and had very informative guides on every level of the castle. We actually stayed about 2 hours we enjoyed it so much. We watched the film last which add more info.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I could have stayed all day listening to the people that are stationed through out the house. They are wonderful and give little tidbits that is not on the info cards. Same price for Canadian/USD--USD was strong so saved a few dollars by paying Canadian

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

There is a small cost but it is a fun walk through history and you get a bit of Victoria history for good measure. Close to downtown. If you like 100 year old houses this is a must.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

If you enjoy Victorian architecture and outstanding interior wood finishes, this is a place not to be missed! This mansion was built by a local coal magnate in the late 1800's and no expense was spared from the stone exterior to the extensive wood finished interior. Five stories with two major staircases. Must see!

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Oklahoma City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Well, to start, we walked from the Empress hotel to the castle. Don't do this. It's a long walk unless you need the exercise (we did). The castle has been restored quite well and really gives you a peek into the past. There is a film history we found enlightening and enjoyed the rest though it was on a folding... More 

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Marion, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We stopped on the on/off Big bus tour and hiked up the hill to see the castle. However the large amount of stairs kept us from doing the tour. Worth the hike for pictures, though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I was really impressed with the craftsmanship that went into the woodworking in the castle, particularly on the bottom floor. Most other castles I have visited were rock/concrete so Craigdarroch definitely has a unique feel. I also found all the uses for the building over the years to be interesting. I probably wouldn't visit a second time but it's a... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My husband and I were disappointed in not being able to get inside to tour this castle because our concierge had warned us that it was not handicap accessible. I understand there are 187 steps just to reach the entry. I really love old home and castles, but realize that most were built in another century, long before a thought... More 

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Kate H, Manager at Craigdarroch Castle, responded to this review

Hello, I am sorry to hear that you were put-off from visiting the Castle (it seems from your comments that you did not visit the building before writing the review) because of the number of stairs. Unfortunately, your concierge did not provide you with entirely accurate information. There are 8 stairs to access the entry from the parking lot. Once... More 

Terrace, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If you are in Victoria and are interested in history or antiques or anything similar you must visit this castle, I could have stayed there for 5 hours. Very well restored, EXCELLENT staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We took our two youngest (teenagers) here while visiting the city and everyone enjoyed it. I think we'd all been previously, though not for many years, but that did not seem to affect the interest level. I can't recall the entry fee but recall thinking it seemed fair enough. The place is truly gorgeous, and the information/learning centres full of... More 

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