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Craigdarroch Castle

1050 Joan Cres, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
+1 250-592-5323
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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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1050 Joan Cres, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
+1 250-592-5323
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Reviewed yesterday

My wife and I toured this castle as part of a day long tour of the area. It is indeed very historic and interesting. The tour of the castle is not a guided tour. So you have to read a lot as you progress up...More

Thank IverJohnson
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Once gutted for various municipal purposes, this gilded-age mansion has been impressively restored using period artifacts, many from the original family. The views from upper floors and surrounding neighborhood, including government house, are also worth seeing.

Thank Dan G
Reviewed 3 days ago

A little disappointed in that most of the furnishings are not original to the home as they were auctioned off many years ago. However, the replacements represent the same time period and are beautiful. The volunteers were very helpful and knowledgeable of the home. The...More

Thank mimi262
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Craigdarroch Castle is a wonderful journey into a historic period in Victoria. The castle is beautifully preserved and boasts a beautiful view of the city. Highly recommended for history buffs or those looking for an afternoon activity.

Thank Hailie N
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is good to visit if you are into old mansions or love the history, the only drawback is there are heaps of stairs to be able to get to the top, not ideal for people with a disability or if you have trouble climbing...More

Thank Ray J
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was really excited about visiting this home. It's not really a castle, just a mansion, which they will tell you during the tour. They told us it's easier to market a "castle" rather than a large house. Our tour group only allowed us an...More

Thank drwatson32
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This castle has a fascinating history as a building and as the original family. The woodwork is incredible and the view is wonderful!

Thank LindaBeth G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Like visiting castles & estates when you are allowed in the rooms & not all roped off. These rooms had good access.

Thank Sharon F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pleasantly suprised by this beautiful castle of thdd Dunsmuir family that has been restored would definitely recommend

Thank Debbie J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Craigdarroch Castle is a pleasant walk along Fort Street from the downtown area of Victoria. Every single room was delightful. Loved the rich wood on the walls, and the stairs were very easy to climb, with lovely sitting areas in turreted landings. I especially loved...More

Thank Lisa E
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How long do people typically spend viewing/touring the Craigdarroch Castle?
June 2, 2017|
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Response from Kate H | Property representative |
Hi, and thanks for your inquiry! Because the tour is self-guided, you can take as long as you want. We generally recommend a minimum of 1 hour for a visit, though many visitors will take quite a lot more time than that... More
Randy S
Is photography allowed inside the Castle? I would not be using a tripod or flash.
February 19, 2017|
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Response from Kate H | Property representative |
Casual photography, including flash, is indeed permitted inside the Castle, though tripods and selfie sticks are not. This does not include any formal photography- ie/ posed wedding, engagement photos which causes problems... More
Are pets allowed?
September 12, 2016|
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Response from Gypsywillow | Reviewed this property |
No pets allowed.