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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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Awesome Mansion!

This has been beautifully restored to its original appearance with many of the original furnishings. Stay as long as you like on your self-guided tour. Even play one of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

This has been beautifully restored to its original appearance with many of the original furnishings. Stay as long as you like on your self-guided tour. Even play one of the pianos if you treat it gently. A great look into the past of a wealthy family.

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Springfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed the story and the castle. It's amazing how opulent things were back then. Lots of stairs with no elevator. Wood used in house very beautiful. They certainly had great craftsman.

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Wirral
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

Compared to the UK, this is very recent history, however they are very keen to preserve their heritage which is to be welcomed. Video presentation is very informative.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

On a rainy cool day this was a welcome place to visit. Four floors of history, beautifully done with explanations in every room. The history is interesting, and the authenticity can't be beat. The gift shop was better left unseen, as there was not much there that was castle-related.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

What an amazing place! This castle is steeped in history and is a wonderful representation of life in the past. The castle has been beautifully restored and with funds collected from entrance fees and from donations I hope this castle will continue to be a window into bygone years. The woodwork which is in virtually every room is incredible. The... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Imagine living is such a place? A highlight to our visit to Victoria. After the tour of the home, then walk the streets of the neighbourhood. Especially in the spring..the gardens and trees in all their majesty. A definite must to any tourists visit to this beautiful city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

There are not many places like this in Canada, so it was a treat to see this building while we were in Victoria. Visitors can access the entire building and take pictures at will. Volunteers are placed throughout the castle to explain various things. There are informative displays throughout providing the history of the family. We went through fairly slowly... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

If you are a history buff or just interested in seeing old historical places, I would recommend popping in for a visit. To really enjoy it, I would plan an hour and a half. I visited this place on my own, while my husband bummed off with the little guy (4 years old). I think it would be boring for... More 

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KIrkland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This doesn't look like your "normal" Castle, but once inside, you are swept back in time where things were done on a "Grand" scale. Each floor had stories to tell, thought provoking memories on how life was back then. My favorite floor had the "Dance Hall" featured and I could just imagine the Ladies dressed in their beautiful gowns, the... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in history and/or architecture; I enjoyed seeing how the restoration society is working to preserve the castle to what it was like when it was originally built. It was also very interesting to learn about the family that originally lived in the castle.

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