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Spadina Historic House and Gardens

285 Spadina Rd., Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V5, Canada
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Ranked #21 of 310 attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Zeist, The Netherlands
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

If you're looking for interesting local history on your visit to Toronto, you certainly should not skip Spadina House. The house is decorated in the style of the 1920's with all furniture of the family who lived there at that time. This makes the house feel very real, almost as if the '20s occupants could walk in at any moment.... More

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Dublin, Ireland
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide Lisa was without doubt one of the best guides we have had, ever. She is so obviously passionate about the property and about meeting new people on the tours. Bucket loads of charm and wit from her to accompany the stunning interiors of Spadina House. The staff in the shop were also fantastic and really fun. An... More

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I have been several times over the years but wanted to go again now that it has been updated to the 1920s. Always a delight to visit and I love the new era. Highly recommend it.

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Mississauga, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

It was like stepping back in time! What a lovely visit we had. I think the dresses were lovely! But enjoyed the historical tour of the house with a very knowledgeable guide. We all enjoyed it! Party of 4, ladies. Just a great day. MLD

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silver spring md
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

First tour of the day and our guide was very patient with the numerous questions asked (guilty). I like to explore the history beyond a standard patter, as did others in the group and our guide was knowledgeable and accommodating You do see the 3rd floor, you do not see what are likely the best architectural spaces there. Lots of... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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210 reviews 210 reviews
115 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Casa Loma gets all the attention but if you want a real treat go next door to the Spadina (spadeena) House. The experience is more authentic and personalized since you are on a guided tour. The house is larger than it appears. There are a few stairs to climb but if Doug is guiding you then you almost don't notice... More

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Had been several years ago and wanted to visit again. You get taken round by a guide and are told all about the house and family. It is very interesting and the lady who took us was lovely and very informative and made it so interesting. She listened to us as well which was nice. It was like being taken... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Okay, if you're a fan of Canada's favorite red head, Anne Shirley, then you HAVE to make Spadina House on your list of must-see Toronto locations! Spadina House was used in the 1980's Anne of Green Gables movies as the setting of Diana's wealthy Aunt Jo's house. I knew this home was in Toronto but had completely forgotten when my... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I went to see the house as I was passing after visiting casa loma, I wouldn't go especially to see it. I got in for free as it was Open Doors.

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Flint, mi
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148 attraction reviews
274 helpful votes 274 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Casa Loma (next door) is a bit over-rated and way over-priced. Do yourself a favor and make a visit to Spadina House during the annual "Doors Open" event and tour this gorgeous place for the price of the parking lot.

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