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Larnach Castle & Gardens
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Ranked #18 of 124 things to do in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
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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 12, 2016

We have lived in Dunedin all our lives but have only visited the castle once, so thought it was about time we did it again. I had got some tickets on grab one which was great value I think if you come from Dunedin you should be able to get in a bit cheaper, as it is a bit pricey. .
I went with my husband one afternoon and it was really interesting we had a tour using the audio with headphones which was very informative for people interested in the history of the castle. we went into all the rooms and even climbed up to the tower ,which gave us a great view over the harbour and it was even a nice sunny day and had a coffee at the café afterwards.

Thank lynn e
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Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

I put that we visited this in Oct 2016 but only because there wasn't a "can't quite remember" option - but it wasn't too long ago to review! Larnoch Castle is a must see in Dunedin...such a fabulous example of Dunedin history. Huge castle and huge grounds so do allow a few hours. Great for people of all ages too. I hope you enjoy it as much as our group did

Thank MareeCH
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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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