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Craigdarroch Castle

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Address: 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
Phone Number: 250-592-5323
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Description: Stately castle once belonging to Joan Dunsmuir.
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Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria

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Slighlty overrated

Craigdarroch is a bit of a walk out of downtown and is not really worth it if you've been to Europe and seen 'proper' castles (was finished in 1890). The family who lived their... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Langley, Canada
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Langley, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Craigdarroch is a bit of a walk out of downtown and is not really worth it if you've been to Europe and seen 'proper' castles (was finished in 1890). The family who lived their called it a house, not a castle and that is really what it is. Entrance is steep, 14 CAD we left after about an hour. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

This is great for history buffs or anyone who enjoys seeing beautiful buildings. Plan to spend a couple of hours enjoying the fine architecture and the interesting history. A landmark in Victoria.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I've been to Craigdarroch Castle a number of times over a span of 20 or so years. The last time was in November 2013. The restoration efforts have certainly paid off! Touring the rooms still amazes me; you can almost feel the Dunsmuirs and their entourage of servants moving about the house, especially knowing the family history and its influence... More 

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The tour of the castle was wonderful. I was particularly impressed with all the woodwork and the stained glass windows. What an amazing building. It had been on my list of things to see on previous trips and I am glad I finally got to see it.

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Medicine Hat
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

this place is absolutely beautiful. A must see when in Victoria. each tour is guided by a very informed guide that answered all our questions and more. time and money well spent

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The history nearly out-does the building, nearly....The wooden staircase is the best! They have done a great job at making it 'real'.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have visited the Castle over a dozen times in 30 years. Have seen the restoration of this historical property go from sad and ruins to a Beautiful and maintained property. The history of the Dunsmuir Family is very interesting with highs and lows. Easy to find and get too, don't make a visit to Victoria without including the Castle.

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Cumberland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We enjoyed the tour of this historic house. It helps if you know some of the history of its original owners and the coal, rail road industries before your visit as well.

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Everett, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I didn't know much about Craigdarroch before, and my wife wanted to see it on our honeymoon trip in May 2011. The castle from the outside is very nice to look at, I decided to give it a go. I was not disappointed. The castle has a great history: a residence in the 19th century, then use as a hospital... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Beautiful piece of history in the heart of Victoria. Enjoyed the visit and can't wait till it's all done. The staff were friendly and informative. There are descriptions available at each room but as a history nut wish there was even more. Definitely worth a visit if you like knowing the history of an area

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