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Hatley Castle

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So the concierge at my hotel told me all about Hatley Castle and it's gorgeous gardens so I drove... read more

Reviewed October 31, 2018
well worth the drive from Victoria

Good tour of the interior, including the outside gardens. Should have allowed more time to see the... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2018
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2005 Sooke Road, Colwood, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-391-2600
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Even if you have never seen the X Men movies or Deadpool shenanigans in front of this landmark - you'll feel super when you visit! I have been lucky enough to attend several special invite only events here and it is spectacular inside and out....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Robyn Q
Reviewed October 31, 2018

So the concierge at my hotel told me all about Hatley Castle and it's gorgeous gardens so I drove all the way over from Victoria and everything was closed for an event. So, this isn't much of a review except to say check the website...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Jewelsworld
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

This place is amazing. The buildings, the castle, the gardens, the rooms, the stained glass. All absolutely stunning. Worth taking the tour to learn the history of this spectacular place. Walk all of the gardens. It is amazing the specimens that are here. Hope you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank redjule70
Reviewed October 11, 2018

The Japanese gardens are amazing, especially in the spring when the cherry trees are blossoming. The castle is very cool as well. Please be aware that the peacocks mating time is also in the spring and the males, although beautiful can be a bit aggressive....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Bob C
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Good tour of the interior, including the outside gardens. Should have allowed more time to see the gardens on our own after the tour. Inside and outside are impressive, with very nice views of the Lagoon and bird sanctuary. A bit of a walk up...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank BandBs
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

Disappointed in the $18.75 charge for a tour of 3 rooms in the castle. Looked forward to the museum to learn more of the lifestyle and was not afforded the time to go through one of the 2 rooms that had the information. If we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Elaine B
Reviewed August 18, 2018

From the manicured shrubs and beautiful flowers to the impressive design of the castle itself, Hatley Castle is a must see. I especially like the way they sculptured the X-men logo on the property.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Nicole D
Reviewed August 10, 2018

We arrived very early and were not able to go on the guided tour which we knew beforehand but wanted to see it anyway. We had limited time on Victoria and actually heard about his from our hotel staff not websites. It was worth the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Julie D
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

When looking on Trip Advisor, Craigdarroch Castle comes up as a top place to visit. I don't quite understand why Craigdarroch made the list, but Hatley didn't. Hatley is a grander castle with expansive grounds. The gardens are beautiful. The movies that have been filmed...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank 896linan
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

Total Ripoff. Talked to a girl with blue hair she got huffy when asked to repeat what she said. And only view one floor👎🏿👎🏿

Date of experience: July 2018
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Michelle W
July 5, 2018|
Response from CatMason | Reviewed this property |
It is if the person navigating the wheel chair is not afraid of hills. It is fairly steep going down toward the castle by road/sidewalk. There is one ramp on the left side of the building approaching from the back. I am not... More
Bentley P
April 14, 2018|
Response from Lijin J |
Not to the garden and inside the castle. Other places its allowed.
Helen K
June 20, 2017|
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Response from fefa1986 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't buy tour I just went there on public bus
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Orlando, FL
Hatley Castle from Cruise Pier (5 Replies)
Hi- We will be stopping in Victoria as one our cruise ports. My husband and I would like to visit Hatley Castle. What is the best way to get to Hatley Castle from the pier? Thanks, Vanessa
July 08, 2013|
Response fromdatthecoast|
Now, that's an unusual one! It would be a pretty expensive cab ride as it is out in Colwood. I will let the local public transportation experts chime in. None of my business....but why is it of interest to you? There is an interesting history, but now it is essentilally the administrative offices of the University.
Boca Raton, Florida
Victoria Airport & Rental Cars (1 Replies)
Hi. I have never driven outside of the U.S. before but someone from here that if I want to go from the Inner Harbour to Hatley Castle and the nearby lighthouse I will need a car because a cab will be too costly. I booked a car for 45 which I agree will be cheaper than taking taxiis and more efficient than buses. What is the driving like in Victoria? I remember that the town is pretty quiet but I can't remember what the streets are like. What I mean is that I hate driving in Miami, FL...More
August 10, 2008|
Response fromMuftiVancouver|
Hi Sabrina, Vic airport is very small and very accessible. Highway signage is super clear. The rental car area will be very close by. You will want a rental to get out to Hatley Castle, unless you want to research public transit from dwntwn Vic. Driving in Victoria is easy. Compared to Vancouver traffic, super easy. There are some rush hour left turn restrictions and some one way streets, but you will never have to circle around as you are thinking. It is easy to get around...More
Approximate Time required to see this places? (5 Replies)
Hello , i am planning to visit first week of July for around 4.5 days. Can any one help me out How long it takes to visit this places considering we have kids with us. We are planning to visit following places ,if you can let us know how long it takes to visit this places ideally , it would be a great help. Regards, Japs 1. Burchart Garden 2. Emerald Sea Adventure - 3. Craigdarroch Castle 4. Royal British Columbia Museum 5. Victoria Bug Zoo 6. Miniature World - Low priority ...More
June 13, 2008|
Response fromWCGal|
For the majority of your list, the time is rather subjective. Presumably you will have a car and much of the time will be spent in driving from one place to another. For instance Spanish Banks is a beach. How much time do you want to spend at the beach? Up to you. :-)) Likewise for Deep Cover, Cypress Bowl, the Garden Show and many others. Addressing what is reasonable time for specific venues: Butchart Gardens - 3 to 5 hours Science World - 2-3 hours Craigdarroch - 1 hour HR...More