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Larnach Castle & Gardens
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Ranked #18 of 125 things to do in Dunedin
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Owner description: Discover New Zealand’s only Castle, built 1871 by William Larnach, merchant baron and politician, for his beloved first wife Eliza. It took more than 200 workmen three years to build the Castle shell and master European craftsmen spent a further 12 years embellishing the interior. Larnach spared no expense on his dream home, which features the finest materials from around the world.The Castle is still privately owned and cared for by the Barker family who purchased it as their home in 1967. Decades have been spent on the Castle's restoration, with the family having restored empty buildings from ruin and assembled a large collection of original New Zealand period furniture and antiques. Open to the public throughout, this conservation project has been funded through admission fees. The family has always been committed to opening their home and sharing this significant period of Dunedin and New Zealand's history.Scandalous and tragic stories, spectacular tower views and a Garden of International Significance complete this enjoyable award-winning experience. Boutique Lodge accommodation is available in the Castle gardens. Weddings, Balls, Conferences and Celebrations are held in the beautiful 3000 square foot Ballroom. High Tea is also now served daily in the Ballroom at 3pm
Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

Was intestine but a little over priced to walk around a small place lovely interior
And the grounds were lovely
A nice place to visit if castles are ur thing

Thank jamiekenny64
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Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Wow! Wow! Wow!
Windy drive up to the Lanarch Castle has stunning views of Dunedin and the peninsula.
We were staying at the Lodge accommodation and loved every minute of it.
The gardens are stunning and extremely well maintained. The castle is awesome. We chose to do the audio your whew you have headphones and are guided through the castle and the history of the Lanarchs. Highly recommend this, and loved the history.
There is a cafe, and the food is lovely. The staff are also very friendly.
Great place to visit, and spectacular views!!

Being fortunate to stay at the lodge (highly recommend this) we had the opportunity to dine with other lodgers in the castle. The meal was great, and we had an enjoyable evening.

Thank Michelle B
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Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the best places we have ever stayed. The gardens and views are to die for, rooms are clean and very well serviced with very friendly and helpful staff. We had a good breakfast with great service but the dinner was out of our price range gave it a miss. The castle is well worth a visit even if you don't stay, a must for any traveler

Thank Graham F
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Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

We visited here on a very misty cold windy afternoon and enjoyed our time here.
We had Devonshire tea in the ballroom with warm scones which was delicious.
The tour of the gardens was great, you could take as much time as you wanted.
Inside the castle you could pay extra to hear the commentary about the rooms or just walk around yourselves like we did.
There is lots of information to read about the history of the castle, quite sad really, and they have kept things in its original state.
All money paid on entry goes to the upkeep of the castle which we didn't mind paying, kids entered free due to being school holidays.

Recommend going.

Thank meggsk
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Reviewed October 4, 2016

We came on a low cloud day. We didn't have the picturesque vista that you see on the brochures but we had a fabulous visit here. We purchased an audio visual tour of the castle. It was $5 on top of the entry ticket but it is well worth it. If you are going to to spend $30 you might as well pay the small price to find out about the history and renovation of the premises. People who didn't have the audio tour headsets on just walked in and out of rooms. They didn't look up and see the ornate ceiling, hear about the acquisition of the furniture in the room. I was surprised about the lighting of the chandeliers, make sure you scroll on the iPod after the commentary of the rooms as there usually are some videos as well. My husband also enjoyed his visit due to the audio tour. He usually walks in and then sits on a chair and waits for me. He equally found it interesting.

Make sure you allow time to view the gardens. I noticed the owner on the audio visual tour gardening and made me realise how active the owners are in maintaining and restoring the grand castle. The gardens are just beautiful.

Thank Vanessa M
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