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Spadina Historic House and Gardens

285 Spadina Rd., Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V5, Canada
416-392-6910
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Ranked #20 of 296 attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Description: Historic home of financier James Austin houses an impressive collection of furniture and decorative art.
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Van, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Greatly dwarfed by its gaudy neighbour next door, the Spadina Historic House and Gardens is a delightful little museum that is definitely worth the trip. Originally, I had set out to visit Casa Loma but walked out simply because much of the castle was closed due to filming and, as such, was not a great value, even with the Toronto... More

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Toronto, Canada
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We went to the House for a cider tasting event and toured the house and grounds while we were there. The layout is very good and the guides very helpful. This is a great way to learn a little about the development of Toronto in the Victorian era.

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Toronto, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

came for Dressing for Downton but enjoyed entire experience. House is so beautiful and lived in, a wonderful trip to the past. Much better than Casa Loma! do not miss

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Toronto, Ontario
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30 reviews 30 reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I'd been to Spadina House once before, but my friend and I were anxious to see the Downton Abbey display so we took in the exhibit. Being a Torontonian, it was something I had easy access to and I didn't want to miss it. Spadina House itself is very interesting and worth visiting, but I was surprised by the display... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

In the heart of Toronto, you will find this truly lovely home built in 1866, donated ( or partially donated, as the tour guide told us) to the City of Toronto. I have heard of this museum for years but never visited until their Downton Abbey exhibit. I didn't even realize it was next to Casa Loma (which I have... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

A gem! Most visitors go to Casa Loma next door but a visit and tour of Spadina House is recommended too. I was taken there for a birthday visit of the Downton Abbey costume display but that was only a small part of the whole tour. I had no idea that the house had been lived in as recently as... More

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Hamilton
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15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Spadina Historic House and Gardens is a total treasure from the past. This home is a treat for all who love history. The home has survived with all of its contents in tact. Original paintings of family members, original furnishings. It is original.the girl who led our tour was brilliant. She carefully explained hidden features of the house (such as... More

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We had an out-of-town visitor who's already seen many key Toronto attractions, so we decided to go to this lesser-known museum. Spadina House was built by the Austin family who lived there for over a hundred years. The 50-room house has been restored to the 1920's with much care and attention to detail. Many original housewares, furniture, wallpapers, and other... More

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Toronto, Canada
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179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

Spadina Historic House and Gardens is quite the treasure. Located steps from the much larger, yet somehow less impressive, Casa Loma, this home is a treat for all who love history. I trudged up the hill on a snowy winter day from DuPont station, and I am glad I did. Why you ask? 1. This home, while not monstrous in... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

I love Spadina House. It is located near Casa Loma, but personally I think Spadina is a much better time and value. They do lovely guided tours with knowledgeable and friendly staff. Each tour is slightly different as each guide highlights what they are most passionate about, but they are all grounded in life of the family and city of... More

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