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“Step Back In Time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle
1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
+1 250-592-5323
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Ranked #9 of 150 things to do in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: 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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“Step Back In Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We found this tour most interesting. It may not appeal to everyone, but Im glad we checked this out. Some rooms are in a state of restoration and most are "as is", and "as is" really is quite remarkable. Its amazing to see how this residence of the rich is in such good condition. Next time in Victoria we will visit again to see the progress.

Visited February 2013
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“Well preserved mansion that captures the imagination”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013 via mobile

This is a mansion rather than a castle. It is beautifully restored and gives a real flavour of 19th century life in the home of an extremely wealthy family. It is well documented throughout, making it highly informative. Loved the drawing room and the cosy little smoking room, as well as the bedrooms. The staircases are beautiful, showing real craftsmanship. The price is steep at almost $14 per adult inc. tax, but hopefully most of that goes towards restoration, preservation and upkeep. There are volunteers and staff available to answer any questions or chat generally about the history of the house. An enjoyable way to spend an hour. If you're on foot, this is within walking distance of downtown Victoria and the art gallery is on the next street down off Fort, so you can make an afternoon of it.

Visited May 2013
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“Interesting old mansion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

This looks somewhat like a castle but is actually a mansion which was built in the Victorian period. It was built by the coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir, He died before consturction was completed and his widow lived here until her death. Upon her death, the daughters and grandchildren inherited the place. After they got rid of it, it became a military hospital for WWI veterans and, later, a college. Later the place became a museum. It is an imposing structure and is located in a quiet neighborhood.One can walk through the various rooms and take photos.A gift shop is located there also.

Visited May 2013
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“Interesting part of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

The history of this greedy and wealthy family. Must see to go with this part of history is Cumberland area and the mines.

Visited September 2012
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“A Nice Place to Visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This was a lovely castle. We took a taxi to the location since it would have been quite a long walk from our hotel. When we arrived it took at least 10 minutes before we could begin our self-guided tour because the volunteers were challenged by the credit card machine.
The volunteers were very responsive to answering any questions one might have.
The mansion has exquisite stain-glassed windows throughout. The wood paneling is also quite impressive.
The house is 4 stories and not handicap accessible. There are 2 stairways: a front one that was used by the family and a back one for "the help".
There is a movie that provides one with the history of the family and the home. The castle has served many purposes. After the family was no longer residing in it the heirs sold off all of the possessions. Therefore, nothing in the castle is original. All of the furniture, rugs and accessories have been placed to give the
public a sense of what it was like when the family was living there.
Since the time that the family left the mansion has served multiple purposes: a hospital during the war as well as a university. There are some rooms that are still being restored.
I think that it is worth seeing. I was just so disappointed to realize that none of the furnishings were from the original family.
There is a gift shop in what had been the kitchen. It was not impressive.

Visited May 2013
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