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Craigdarroch Castle

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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...more
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1050 Joan Cres, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Read a bit about the family online before going which makes the visit even better. The outside is very impressive. I enjoyed the history and the outside of the castle more than the artifacts though.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Dahlink2011
Reviewed 6 days ago

We have been here many times, especially love going here at Christmas time - to watch the Christmas carol and you feel like you've stepped back to Dickens time. The building is lovely and the decorations magical.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Debbie O
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Really an amazing Great House, but not even close to being a castle. In saying that it is well worth visiting. It does have a lot of fascinating history. I loved going from room to room and not only looking at the displays but reading...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank RM1090
Reviewed 6 days ago

This beautifully preserved residence will give you fascinating insights into the life of the elite class in another era. It’s a must-do stop when in Victoria.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank YodeFam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on the castle tour with our granddaughter visiting from Winnipeg. We all thoroughly enjoyed stepping back in time and hearing the history of the castle. Would recommend this activity on anyone's visit to Victoria

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Debra S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit! A real step back in time to catch a glimpse of how a wealthy family would have lived in Canada 100+ years ago. A great way to spend a few hours! Painstakingly restored and a ton of great information about all...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Wenzuella
Reviewed January 18, 2019 via mobile

Very weel organized, pleasant staff and lots of story! A great place to go and enjoy a awesome and said family's story. The guy that built it died before it was finished... But his wife and kids took advantage and built a beautiful story there....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LeOtsuka
Reviewed January 15, 2019

At Christmas the castle is decked out in all it's seasonal finery. Wonderful display give a look back into how the rich lived. Excellent layouts and well written information panels keep you well informed.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BigRivers
Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

I have never seen this amount of residential wood paneling in all my life and travels. Four(4) complete floors of beautiful oak walls. Stunning four story prefab staircase ends up on the ballroom level. Wonderful granite stone and quality tile work too. The craftswork is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank HueyLong
Reviewed January 14, 2019

Craigdarroch Castle is a magnificent, albeit rather opulent, Victoria landmark. Built in 1890 for a wealthy coal baron and his wife, this “castle” has sat like an imposing leviathan atop one of Victoria’s highest hills (downtown) for just over 120 years. In that time, it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Fransiska L
June 14, 2018|
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Response from CastleToby | Property representative |
The movie plays every hour on the half hour (9:30, 10:30, 1130, etc) and runs about 35 mins.
November 19, 2017|
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Response from 007Laurie007 | Reviewed this property |
I never saw these questions before. So sorry. The play was brilliant.
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Definitely not.