Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria: Hours, Address, Craigdarroch Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Craigdarroch Castle
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Castles
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Richard C
Vancouver, Canada47 contributions
Overpriced for the value, but still worth visiting
Aug 2021 • Couples
A well laid out, self-guided tour, but seems expensive for what you get. A downloadable smartphone audio tour would be a welcome addition, particularly if narrated by a recognized Canadian (think Seth Rogen).
Written August 22, 2021
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Brad M
Fira, Greece8 contributions
Well worth a visit
Aug 2021
Very well preserved historic building; hats off to the group that made this happen! Interiors were lovely, very well presented, excellent interpretation, just enough detail, not too much. It is so nice to see built heritage so well maintatined and presented. Fascinating family story behind the castle. Unobtrusive but helpful volunteers.
Written August 19, 2021
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SayMoi9
Bellevue, WA24 contributions
Neat Stop
Aug 2021 • Couples
Cool! Fun and educational tour. I liked that it was self-guided. The window views and some of the sign descriptions were my favorite parts.
Written August 16, 2021
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Bradley G
4 contributions
Great Experience
Aug 2021 • Couples
Wonderful as always.

Reading the reviews from the last few months had me concerned, but the experience was wonderful as always. Beautiful building with wonderful history. The staff were exceptional.
Written August 10, 2021
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ErinOnVacati0n
Mission, Canada10 contributions
Giovanni needs some customer service skills, the castle should reconsider its ticket policies.
Aug 2021 • Family
Giovanni is actually the rudest employee in a tourist location I have EVER encountered. They don't have a "child” ticket for 13 year olds. If you have a 13 year old, you have to buy a “student” ticket and show student id. My child who is in elementary school does not HAVE student id. So, he made me “present” my thirteen year old to him so he could “verify” that he is 13. I schlepped out to the car, “presented” my 13 year old to him. He didn’t ask him any questions or anything! How incredibly embarrassing for my child. Perhaps its time for Craigdarroch castle to reconsider its policies, and the skills it seeks in hiring someone to work at a world class tourist attraction.
Written August 1, 2021
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fgalbavy
Grand Cayman39 contributions
Castle in the middle of Victoria
May 2020
A Castle in the middle of Victoria. The grouds are wonderful, the history of the place is closely intertwined with the history of Vancouver Island itself. Well worth a visit, whether you take a guided tour or just take a relaxing stroll through the beautiful gorunds.
Written April 6, 2021
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Christine R
Victoria, Canada25 contributions
A must visit.
Dec 2020
You will be blown away with a real castle in Victoria. I've brought friends here for their first visits over the years and they can't believe such a castle exists here.
Written February 5, 2021
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William C
Campbell River, Canada241 contributions
Well worth the visit
Jan 2021 • Couples
An excellent presentation of the lives of the rich and famous over 100 years ago!! Well done and good Covid rules in place. Well worth the visit!
Written January 15, 2021
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gratefulfortravel
Nashville, TN100 contributions
fun family adventure
Jan 2021
We came here around Halloween dressed up to have a fun memory during a tough year. We had a blast on our tour, walking around learning more about Victoria and the history of the castle. Beautiful!
Written January 15, 2021
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Bill2025
Surrey, Canada105 contributions
Mediocre
Dec 2020 • Couples
Went there for the Christmas experience and didn’t get it. Due to Covid most of the staff have been laid off therefore the Christmas decorations and lights were very minimal.
Written December 27, 2020
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