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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 2 days ago

Staying in Vancouver -Me and my family have been visiting Victoria almost every year for 2-3 days. We usually spend our time in the downtown area only and thought that Victoria was just about the 2 km radius of the BC legislature. This year we...More

Thank Vbhas
Reviewed 2 days ago

A must visit to see the well preserved history of one of Victoria's most famous families , a real step back in time .

Thank norcol67
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A lovely castle built between 1887 -1890.... The walls are panelled with oak and the furniture is well preserved. In each room there is an interesting piece of history about members of the family that owned the castle. Very reasonable entry fee. Well worth a...More

Thank jollygilly
Reviewed 3 days ago

Craigdarroch Castle offers an interesting piece of history and a detailed account of the people who lived there. Having seen castles in English, France, and Germany, the building seemed more of a manor house than a castle, but that does not diminish Craigdarroch's appeal. A...More

Thank Elizabeth J
Reviewed 3 days ago

The history of the castle was really interesting and it is good to see that it is gradually being restored back to how it was originally intended after various changes of use over the years. With the addition of a new visitor centre next to...More

Thank Peter W
Reviewed 3 days ago

OK but better viewing from the outside, inside dark and lots of stairs. not every room set up as it was, some good information on the history.

Thank Pat731
Reviewed 3 days ago

Who expects a castle in the middle of Victoria? Amazing workmanship, worth a trip to see, and great exposure to some local history.

Thank Michelle3K
Reviewed 4 days ago

Lovely building with great views and and impressive woodwork. They offer a great eye spy activity for the kids, which will allow parents to explore longer!

Thank pattikelly23
Reviewed 4 days ago

The castle has an interesting story - from the family that built it to being a hospital and then college. You get to read about the whole story as you walk through it. The original family itself was fascinating. As a castle, it's okay. It...More

Thank thismike
Reviewed 5 days ago

Fascinating building with a very cool history. Worth checking out. They have a little short documentary part way through the tour which is interesting and informative. We walked up from the waterfront, 2km on an incline, which is a bit of a hike but easy...More

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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
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
September 12, 2016|
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Response from Caren J | Reviewed this property |
no pets of any kind are allowed