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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: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Wilmington, North Carolina
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

Had a visit and was neat to see but they had some of the parts closed due to setting up for a filming of a movie. I wish they had this information available before paying the premium price for admission. What was open was great.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Historical, Educational and An Experience not to miss”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

People always ask about what is the big deal about this castle? I ask myself the same thing for years until I finally got a chance to visit it.
Now my question has been answered. Its not about the castle but in fact it is the context of what it represents. The interesting story of its owners and how it ties in to history of Toronto makes this venue valuable . Word to the wise. When you visit, just dont walk around. Take the audio tour and the video of its creation on the 3rd floor. Only then you will understand the significance of Casa Loma.

Visited April 2014
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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2014

If you've ever been to a real castle this will be a let down. Not really a castle as much as just a big house. Only a hundred years old, so no real history. Only a few room with the old furnishings. I guess because the owner didn't stay rich, he must have had to sell a lot of possessions. The walls and ceilings in the showcase rooms and solarium are gorgeous, there just aren't many of those rooms left. Much of the house is not accessible and that is not due to maintenance. The posted signs are storage and offices. What is there is pretty and impressive, but many of the rooms are plain rooms dedicated to military memorabilia in glass cases. Those items are great, but I think could have been less spread out and consolidated to fewer rooms, allowing them to use the other rooms to reflect more of the castle/mansion theme. As far as I could tell, the towers were just exterior decoration? One was being renovated but the one we climbed had nothing in it. Bare walls and floors, the only decor was the hundreds of names tourists wrote on the bricks. Many other impressive mansions in the neighborhood, though. Drive around and take a tour.

Visited April 2014
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Victoria, Canada
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258 reviews
175 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“A great piece of history”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

Lots of stairs...very interesting story of the owners. Lots of period furnitures and decor. The bathroom plumbing was well worth the look (state-of-the art at that time). Do walk the tunnel to the stables where there are old cars on display. Well presented. A must-see!

Visited April 2014
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“Plenty to see”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

Went here without knowing much about this modern castle, but found the history of it to be compelling. you can easily spend a day between the castle, gardens and out houses.

Visited August 2013
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