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Head to the Scottish Baronial-style masterpiece, Hatley Castle, whose original owner spared no expense in building exactly what he wanted. Originally the residence of Leuitenant Governor James Dunsmuir, the commanding 1906 castle measures 60 m (200 ft) long, 26 m (86 ft) wide, and 24 m (82 ft) tall. Inside, find 40 rooms panelled with oak and rosewood, teak floors, and lighting made specifically to the governor's taste. The building also served as a naval training facility, and was intended to house the British royal family during the outbreak of World War II; however, the family decided against moving here. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Colwood holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Hatley Castle and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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This is one of those "must do" items when visiting Victoria. There is so much to see including a Japanese Garden, peacocks and a great view of the Olympic Mountains across the Juan de Fuca strait. The... more »
We came to see the castle and gardens but did not realize most of the castle is not open to the public. The only accessible part is the first floor via a one hour, paid tour and the gift shop in the b... more »
Hatley Castle is gorgeous! It's nice to have such a beautiful piece of history in Victoria. Not only is the castle a beautiful site to see, bring your hiking shoes because a visit to the castle would ... more »
This is a functioning university but a visit to the grounds is special. Varied walks and gardens provide a lot of opportunity to explore. On the right day you can tour inside the historic summer home of the Dunsmuir family. Family events throughout the year bring return visitors.
It's a beautiful building with a lot of history. Unfortunately because the University is using it, access inside is limited. The grounds and the attached gardens are really great for walking and pictures. Plenty of flowers and plants to observe and appreciate. There is a very small musuem in the basement that has some artifacts and pictures from previous tenants.
Lovely historic castle with a gift shop and gardens! Also the mansion featured in deadpool and the X-Men as Xavier's school for the gifted!
Our production of Cinderella visited the castle for a photoshoot. It was beautiful and also very quiet. The grounds are very lush although we did not tour the inside of the castle. The photoshoot was an over all success!
Worth the trip here from downtown victoria! This was used as Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters in the X-Men movies
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