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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 313 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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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We visit Spadina House at least once a year to tour mainly the exterior: the 5 acres of carefully tended gardens and orchards, and let the kids run across the rolling grassy hills overlooking the city. Going up those million stairs is good exercise! This is the perfect place for a picnic - entirely deserted in late summer/early fall (except... More

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Doha, Qatar
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137 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Spadina House is the home of a wealthy Toronto family from the late 19th century. Large and comfortable it has elements that are both elegant and homey at the same time. Very Victorian in its furnishings (Jakes and Hayes in the drawing room), as well as many other late 19th century items. A good glimpse into the life of a... More

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Rochester, New York
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Our tour guide was excellent and managed to get the 20 of us through without knocking over the furniture. I love the two ferocious stuffed wolves at the entrance keeping the burglars away.

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Toronto, Canada
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32 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Wonderful place to visit, tour guides so very informative and helpful. Definitely a great place to visit for a fair price and lovely place to walk during summer as gardens are delightful :)

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Thornhill, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Are you looking for history of Toronto? Then go to the Spadina House right next door to Castle Loma. Beautiful house with interesting and beautiful gardens. Our tour guide Lisa was excellent, energetic & full of spunk.

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The Spadina House is fully decorated to the style of the 1920's. The house tours are guided but you can wander the grounds afterwards. It's another good attraction to visit when you're in the Casa Loma area.

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Zeist, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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Toronto
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 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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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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