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“Well wrth a looksee.”
Review of Casa Loma

Casa Loma
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Ranked #16 of 515 things to do in Toronto
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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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Well wrth a looksee.”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Nice place....good history. We spent a good half of day there. Take the public transit....and don't pay to park. It was interesting how many movies were filmed here!

Visited April 2013
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“Castle with great history”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is a must see place in Toronto. Among the Toronto citypass attraction this is my most favorite. For solo traveler like me who don't like to drive this this place is accessible to public transportation but needs to walk for 10-15 minutes to reach this place. One needs a good walking shoes for it is located on the top of the hill. If you prefer to drive there is a parking space available for a fee. Audio tour is available. Wheelchair accessible. The moment I reached the place, I was so amazed. I couldn't believe my eyes that I am about to enter an ancient castle like ones you see in movies. A castle that was built not for Kings and Queen but for Sir Henry Pellat. Once inside, you will love the architecture, interior design was great. My favorite, the indoor garden with stain glass design which is the most sought wedding venue. Very romantic. Great history, you'll learn about Sir Henry Pellat and the electricity in Toronto. There are underground tunnels and this place is used for filming different movies which posters of these movies are posted near the basement café. Anyone who are visiting Toronto must go to Casa Loma and don't forget to bring your camera.

Visited May 2012
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“Good piece of history”
Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

Went to the castle in the afternoon and wished we had mor time before it closed. A little expensive, but it is good to contribute to the restoration of this beautiful castle. The audio tour is a must to learn about Sir Pellat and the history behind Casa Loma. It's a shame that he ended up in bankruptcy. Toronto needs better public transport and the castle is a little out of the way but worth going to.

Visited March 2013
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Walt Disney's inspiration for his trademark castle ?”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

It certainly has STYLE : but it all depends which style you like. So a good try by those concerned and him who paid the bill, although it does not usually featured in Architecture Review books. Following its bankruptcy sale, it is good that many of the original furnishings have been re-purchased, and many rooms , now, as they were.
The conservatory is perhaps the most impressive spot, closely followed by the stables, albeit
at tunnels length.Audio guide is good , with sub sections ,if you choose.Access to much of the roof spaces is remarkable in today's H & S cocooning.The darkish basement cafe has posters of all the films where CL has featured, where some medieval music would create a better background than 21st century digital.
It would be great place for that 'no expense spared' wedding and the Wurlitzer, added in latter days, could no doubt make some suitable schmaltzy sounds.
Pretty well kept, few restrictions and an impressive memorial to the great entrepreneur who
did much that was very praiseworthy

Visited March 2013
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Zug, Switzerland
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“interesting building and history”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

take the free audio guide and stroll around the building; there is no need to follow the numbers in a given order. I enjoyed also watching the video during which I learnt quite a lot about Sir Henry Pellat and about electricity in Toronto.

Visited April 2013
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