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“A walk through history”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Casa Loma

Casa Loma
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$104.79*
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Ultimate Toronto Tour
Ranked #15 of 501 things to do in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Canada's majestic castle and Toronto’s premier historic attraction. In 1911, Sir Henry Pellatt engaged noted architect E.J. Lennox to help him realize a lifelong dream,the creation of an Edwardian castle on the top of a hill overlooking Toronto. It took 300 men nearly three years to complete the nearly to 200,000 square foot castle at a cost $3,500,000 (at the time). Situated on 5 acres, Casa Loma was the largest private residence in Canada. Sir Henry Pellatt with his wife Lady Mary enjoyed Casa Loma for less than ten years before financial misfortune forced him to abandon his home. The tour of the castle is self-guided. Visitors can experience the castle at their leisure with the aid of multimedia audio guides.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Hillsboro, Oregon
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“A walk through history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

Signage on the way to the castle was pretty sparce. Grounds close at 5pm but you must be checked in by 4. You definately need more then 1 hour to tour everything. Audio tour was FANTASTIC and a definate must have. The outside grounds were well maintained and breathtaking. If you go towards the closing time and the grounds are booked for an event expect to be throughly bothered with people moving tables and setting up although the castle is still open to normal tourist activity. The numbering system if you went in order makes no sense so just go where you please and listen to the audio tour based on location on numbers on the map. there is so much intricate detail the place is just beyond explination. Especially since everything could have been done in this day and age. The tower tour is narrow but well worth it. The castle itself gets pretty hot in the smaller stairwells and big fans are only in the main hallways. So it would get a bit hot and sticky. I love the hidden rooms and staircases. This place was a must see.

Visited June 2012
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“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

Fascinating piece of Canadian history. Really enjoyable few hours. this house has something for most visitors. Beautiful romantic rooms, fascinating stories, war memorabilia, stunning gardens and conservatory. History and story of a romantic idealist and Canadian pioneer.

Visited June 2012
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Mississauga, Canada
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“Back in Time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

I appreciated that the castle's grounds are well preserved and its gardens are amazing. However, the best of all is the castle itself: the banquest hall and library, the green house, all intimate details and furniture throughout, the gift shop. If visiting, make sure to take the underground tunnel to the stables and to the garage. Oh: and make sure you watch the introductory short movie as it will put you in the right frame of mind...

Visited June 2012
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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“Splendid castel - a little pice of canadian history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

Is a very beautiful place to spend an afternoon when you are visiting Toronto.
You can see a video about the original owner of the castel and wander aroud from basement to the attic through all the rooms. Every thing is well preserved (the stables, the greenhouse, the garage, etc).
You can stay in the beautiful garden for a little breake or go to the eatery for a snack.

Visited February 2012
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Wind Gap, Pennsylvania
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“beautiful castle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

I love house tours, and this one didn't disappoint. It included an audio tour, and you were free to walk around everywhere. We even walked all the way up one of the steeples. There was a short video about the owner of the house, which you should watch first so you know they are talking about in the audio tour. The audio tour is included in the price. The gardens were pretty, and it was interesting to see the bathrooms and the conservatory. Another bonus was having the photographs shown to you on your audio tour device.

Visited June 2012
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