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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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We didn't see any ghosts although I believe it is suppose to be haunted. I'm interested in architecture as I'm renovating a 100 year old house. As old houses go, this one is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We didn't see any ghosts although I believe it is suppose to be haunted. I'm interested in architecture as I'm renovating a 100 year old house. As old houses go, this one is lovely but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a must see. Boring for kids. If you are interested in history and period architecture, worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The most prominent mansion in the capital og British Columbia is quite impressive. We took the bus your here after afternoon tea at The Empress. It overlooks the city and is richly furnished and well worth the time the tour took,

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

First, it's a long walk from town and all up hill. If you aren't interested in seeing some small shops and local architecture, getting some exercise and are pressed for time get a car! (Taxi, Uber, whatever). We walked! The castle was very interesting and well done. It is a self guided tour with docents placed here and there to... More 

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Upton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We stopped at the Craigdarroch Castle as part of a city bus tour and had only about an hour to go through the self-guided tour. The castle is so big that we really didn't have time to take in all of the information presented throughout and had to rush through it a bit. In addition to just taking in the... More 

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Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Worth the trip to see this restored castle from the Golden Age. The detail and artefacts add to re-living life in the castle. Rich woods, stained glass and careful restoration make this an extra treat. The gift shop is a joke, and does not fit the splendor or the castle.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

This old castle/manor house is quite interesting to visit and tour. The best parts are inside the house as the grounds aren't very extensive or developed. But it's cool to see how one of the first families of Victoria lived.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

this building has quite the history and was built by a coal baron, Lord Dunsmuir. He also had Hatley Castle built which eventually for a very long time was part of the Royal Roads Military College.

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Vancouver, Canada
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

Perfectly maintained place for a staycation. It has imposing exterior, but wait till you get inside. The tour guide mentioned that interior is not original, but to me it lookd every bit original. If you like history, architecture, and design, this is a must see!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed this self guided tour of the home that belonged to the Dunsmuir family during the late 1800's. You gain some insight into the lives of this wealthy family and how they lived and died. Each room holds antiques of the era, as well as a guide who can answer questions regarding the family. You enter and continue on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

This castle is beautiful from the outside, but don't stop there! Take in the nuance of each corner within the home. Learn its sad history and enjoy the architecture. It is definitely a "step back into the past". Try to go on a day when there are no bus tours coming, if that is possible. You will enjoy it more... More 

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Additional Information about Craigdarroch Castle

Address: 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-592-5323
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 12 - 12

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