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Craigdarroch Castle

1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
250-592-5323
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Craigdarroch Castle Pedicab Tour
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Ranked #8 of 57 Attractions in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Mysterious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Stately castle once belonging to Joan Dunsmuir.
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Mysterious Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: Stately castle once belonging to Joan Dunsmuir.
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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

It is well preserved, and the tours are informative. Parking can be a bit tight in high season. There is a gift shop on the premises

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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38 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

After 12 years on the island, we finally made in to Craigdarroch for a visit. The visit is well worth the 1-2 hours most folks would spend there. Easy parking (free) helped, although it would be easy enough for a car-less visitor to get to on foot or by bus (3 women arrived on rental scooters at the same time... More 

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Dallas, Oregon
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited the castle on our anniversary trip to Victoria. We are so glad we went. We spent 1.5 hours reading and learning about the family and its home. The castle is amazing with all the artifacts and details from the furniture, wood work, fireplaces and windows. We enjoyed ourselves so much. Thank you!

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NYC
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

This house is a testament to the excesses of the robber barons. It is a lovely house, restored after use as a school and administrative offices. But not a castle at all, just the home of a very wealthy industrialist of the early 20th century. Interesting, but not a must-see.

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Portland, Oregon
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

At $14 per person (for adults), I was disappointed in what there was to see. Don't get me wrong, it was a very impressive building and, perhaps, it would be more impressive if I knew more about architecture, but I found the most impressive part to be the outside which you can see for free! Also, I know that it's... More 

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Owen Sound, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

If your interested in historic architecture at it's finest and knowing how a family who started out making their fortunes in the coal industry lived. Who in time, became local "royalty"and contributed to the early days of the growth of the city of Victoria then this is a great place to visit. The architecture of this amazing home is stunning... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

If you have been outside of Canada the Craigdarroch castle doesn't seem as impressive, it is beautiful but it is a new (comparatively speaking) building compared to what you would find in Europe. It is an massive building with a rich history that towers over the surrounding neighborhood. Young children would be bored stiff here. I live in this city,... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

You don't have to be a history buff to enjoy the Craigdarroch castle. The castle is a sight in itself from the inside and outside. The woodwork is amazing, and you can tell that renovations are going on. We went early in the morning from downtown (must have been a 20-25 min walk from there) and already found ourselves with... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Plans are afoot to add a kitchen to THE CASTLE. This will be quite marvellous. Visit the Castle if you are in Victoria for Christmas for lovey music as well as the Christmas decor....

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Courtenay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

OMG I seriously love this place! Stirs the imagination of how life was for the rich and famous not so long ago. Restoration has been fun to watch and each time I go its that much more charming. I went with my family, entering the living room we were entertained by an amazing musician playing the grand piano (very well... More 

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