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“The building and park are nice” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dundurn Castle

Dundurn Castle
Ranked #2 of 148 things to do in Hamilton
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Owner description: Experience a guided tour of this 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830's on Burlington Heights; the former site of a fortified military encampment established by the British in 1813.
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“The building and park are nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

However the palce has a crazy schedule. Tried 2 times to see inside. On top of hours, there are also local activities when they close the building.

Visited September 2013
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“Wonderful, thanks to the tour guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

I designated Hamilton and Dundurn Castle as a picknick stop between Niagara on the Lake and Toronto. Almost ignored it though, seeing all the heavy industry in Hamilton, crossing neglected areas of the city and seeing the construction going on in the (rather small) park around Dundurn Castle, But when I ran into a tour that had just started, I decided to go through, and visit the Castle. I am so grateful I did, the tour guide made the tour really interesting. The Castle is actually not a castle, but an estate, refurbished in the original style. The guide -the cook of the estate I believe- (we also bumped in a tour with another character as touring guide) was really great, as she told about the rooms and the people who used to live on the estate. She was extremely knowledgeable and answered every question with delight. The rooms were nicely furbished, interesting to visit. At Christmas they decorate the place, which probably will make it spectacular to visit.
Too bad the garden was closed, as it looked so pretty (nicer than the park). Apparently it is only open during the weekend (and not all in winter?).

Visited October 2013
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Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“More of a Mansion then a Castle”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is not a castle, but a very large mansion of the time frame.

You must go as part of a guided tour (no self tours) available, which means you are within a larger group (11 folks in our group).

If you have been to Castle Loma in Toronto you may be disappointed with this attraction. My son was not really impressed with this attraction.

Visited September 2013
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Ottawa, ON
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“A very impressive, well-run historical attraction.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

Having had the benefit of exploring many National Trust sites across England over the years, I'm often left somewhat disappointed when visiting historic homes and estates in Canada. I was not, however, disappointed by my experience at Dundurn Castle.

My visit started with a self-guided tour around the period garden which was very impressive. It was attended by a gardener dressed in period clothing who was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Anyone with an interest in culinary history and gardening more generally should learn at least a few things from their time here.

I was also impressed by the tour of the house, which took us to most of the manor house's rooms. I was particularly impressed by the tour of the basement and servants' areas which were quite interesting. The kitchen was exceptional, and on hand was a chef who prepared some creations from the period using ingredients from the garden - which he happily allowed us to sample.

I visited Dundurn Castle on a Saturday so there may have been extra people on staff (i.e. gardener, chef) who may not normally be there.

Highly recommend.

Visited September 2013
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Windsor, Canada
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“Magnificent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

If you like history this is "must see". Excellent guide and you get sample in the kitchen ( we had tomato pie...excellent!)

Visited September 2013
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