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Craigdarroch Castle

1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
250-592-5323
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Ranked #9 of 62 attractions in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Castles, Architectural Buildings, Mysterious Sites
Description: Stately castle once belonging to Joan Dunsmuir.
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Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Big Fun - a follow around theater. Well done! A good way to see the castle and be entertained. It would have been better to have some drinks (even water) and elderly needs chairs.

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Victoria, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This castle isn't enormous, but for a family's home in the late 1880s it is pretty big! This home has been restored very much to how it was back in the day. Men love the architecture and the women love the stained glass windows and furnishings. There are about 80 stairs, so not suitable for people who are not mobile,... More

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Victoria, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I came out to Victoria for vacation before my husband and I moved here and this one of the first places we went. I love this castle and have to take guests whenever I get a chance!! If you love old architecture and amazing stories this is the place for you to check out! It is reasonably priced for admission... More

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Victoria, BC
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88 reviews 88 reviews
32 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

It had been a number of years since we had last been at the castle, and this time we were entertained by a Sherlock Holmes play, with us as the audience following the actors up and down the stairs and room to room throughout the castle as the tale of mystery unfolded. Very well done and we were thoroughly entertained.... More

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Sacramento, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Craigdarroch is impressive, to say the least. Fantastically decorated rooms in period fashion, with little bits of history spread throughout to create a thoroughly rounded experience. The enthusiastic volunteers are happy to answer questions and provide additional information that isn't in the informational brochure or in the rooms. I don't think children would like it much, as the appeal is... More

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Sydney Australia
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336 reviews 336 reviews
184 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

It is really amazing to drive up a typical suburban street and stumble upon a Castle ! He had to be rich to build this sucker and I'm scared what the upkeep is now ? It's great to see that the city & others have been able to save this example of the excess of the time and it is... More

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This is a rather luxurious stately home with numerous turrets, hence the castle reference. Build by the one of the richest men in BC at the time, it oozes opulence and you can imagine being invited to one of the many parties that were held on the premises. Allow yourself at least an hour, ideally longer, to wander up the... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and the volunteer staff were all very friendly and helpful. A beautifully maintained piece of BCs rich history. A+

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Telkwa, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Finally got to see it and was NOT disappointed one bit VERY VERY Breathtaking The scenery from the tower was spectacular so worth going to see

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Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This was a self guided tour through a originally and beautifully decorated castle (with some changes). Very interesting to read the story on this building over the years, and such a great view to see the city!

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