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Craigdarroch Castle

1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
250-592-5323
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Ranked #8 of 56 attractions in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Castles, Architectural Buildings, Mysterious Sites
Description: Stately castle once belonging to Joan Dunsmuir.
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Southwick, Massachusetts
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

The central staircase of white oak climbing 5 stories was magnificent. Some of the rooms have been restored to their original decor while others were not. Each room had unique hardwood inlay designs around the edges. The film provided the interest history of all the changes that the castle underwent through the years. There are no elevators so you need... More

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Our family stayed at the Craigmyle Inn which was just in front of the Craigdarroch Castle which made this venue very convenient for us. The castle was once owned by the Dunsmuirs, but has also been used for other purposes through the years since, making it quite a historic building. It has been nicely furnished and restored to provide guests... More

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Athens, Georgia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

This is a great museum if you are a fan of architectural history. I love house museums. This one is very well restored in places and the rest is being restored. The history is very interesting. We spent about 1 hour touring the house. I recommend taking a bus, car or taxi to get there. It's quite a walk (and... More

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Ontario
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

In North America, we tend to give the name "Castle" to manor houses. If the visitor remembers this, they won't be disappointed. Craigdarroch is still under restoration, so some rooms are in better shape than others and a few others are closed off as offices. The woodwork alone is worth the 20-25 minute walk from downtown, but the view from... More

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Woodinville, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

A richest man in 1800,built this castle on the hill.It has 5 levels and well preserved.Wood works are amazing and collections are well displayed.You can see how they lived.Dunsmir family spared no expenses.Do visit.

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Reno, Nevada
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86 reviews 86 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We decided to walk from downtown. It was a bit more if a walk than we were told, mostly uphill. But worth it. All of our questions were answered with a smile. It's a self guided tour do puts if time to really look around. I found it very interesting and well worth the side trip. Probably our favorite thing... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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124 reviews 124 reviews
79 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

We loved this Castle, with all its history behind. The wood decoration in the castle is impressive, what a nice work was done. It sure is worth it to visit it. Its something different from the castles we know or heard of from other countries.

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Marietta, Georgia
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114 reviews 114 reviews
37 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I was skeptical about the grandeur quality of this 'castle' when I saw the brochure at the Visitor's Centre. However, my son is really interested in castles (or castle-like architecture) and I thought it would be a nice family outing. Much nicer than I expected! This multi-story former house of a coal mining millionaire is a Victorian masterpiece. Over 25k... More

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seal beach, California
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

It was an enjoyable visit in the early afternoon. I also loved the views from the beautiful windows,.

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Vancouver
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I hadn't been to the castle in over 30 years, when it was first undergoing renovation. Now, it is almost completely restored. We marveled at the workmanship, attention to detail and the history of the castle and the family who built it. Well worth the visit!

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