Beautiful old home/castle built in 1890. Restored to the period with furniture etc. the tour guides informative and interesting.
I always feel a little queasy about visiting Craigdarroch Castle because it's a glorious luxurious folly built on the slavery of starvation-wage coal-miners by the robber-baron Dunsmuir family. Still, there it is, and it's beautiful and well-run. Fantastic woodwork and fireplaces, tremendous restoration work and attention to detail. A must-see at Christmas, when it's done up proud in full Victorian... More
This is a great place for phot's as well as alot of history in Victoria. There is a lot of stairs to climb and no elevator, |Always well kept and lots of friendly people to answer any questions. Well woth the short trip from down town and the small admission cost which they use to keep it up.
Lived in Victoria for 25+ years and never visited Craigdarroch Castle before but went with friends who were visiting. It was fascinating--spent a couple of hours there and learned a great deal about the early "movers and shakers" in our community. Very interesting displays and the top floor gives a great view of the area.
Not worth the effort unless you have never been inside a big but not huge old house with some Victrian furniture. The Lt. Governor's House has a better view and a gorgeous garden and its free. Just don't see the attraction. So many other things to do in Victoria.
Perhaps because we were there during off season the castle was not busy the day we toured it, but our tour was really a higlight of our trip. From the moment we walked in the front door we were made to feel welcome. We spent considerable time with two of the docents and they were so friendly and knowledgerable about... More
This was sort of last on our list of things to do in Victoria over the years. Having seen more than our share of castles and country estates throughout the world, it just wasn't a priority. We walked from the inner harbor and although the tourist map says it is "5 blocks", it will take most people at least 30-45... More
We have visited Victoria a few times but never stopped to visit this castle. It is a MUST see. The building is gorgeous. The inside even more spectacular. It is slowly being restored back to it's original format. The displays that are there are opulent and authentic. You can't possibly take it all in in one visit.
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