Hatley Castle, Colwood
(4/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
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  • The first I visited the gardens at Hatley Castle was in May; this October visit was much different. There wasn't the colour (or the crowds), but it was just as worth it at this time of year. The trail...  more »
  • A wonderful place on earth. The Castle tour is great. The grounds are really well designed and make a fabulous walk about. The tour of the gardens with the special plants and trees is well worth it. T...  more »
  • We loved it there as we wanted to see what inspired the X-Men series as the house of Francis Xavier. Too bad we came just one week after the castle visiting tours closed down, as it runs as part of th...  more »
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  • This castle is beautiful! Inside and out. Classes were in session so the building wasn't open to the public for free, but we went to the gift shop and paid for the tour. Loved it! I wanted to see where Xmen, Smallville, etc. were filmed and the inside is so beautiful. Only downside to the tour was that the top floor was still off limits. Side Note: If you dont want to pay for the tour, you can still visit the gardens - lots of people have venture off. Pretty great.
  • Incredible location and views. The castle is amazing and the property is phenomenal. Gardens are amazing. Go on a tour or go for one the events there. You'll have a great day!
  • Hatley Castle has always been an important Victoria landmark, but it's taken on even more significance since becoming a popular movie filming location. Most notably, as the X-mansion in the X-Men films and also recently seen in Deadpool. It's pretty cool to see, but it's worthwhile to learn about the history of the castle while you're there too. Don't miss the nice hiking trails nearby on the Royal Roads grounds as well.
  • For those that don't know, this place is part of a university, and admission to the inside of the castle is rather limited. On the other hand, parts of the garden are actually very nice and make for a relaxing stroll, while of it is very obviously completely unkept and overgrown/dying.
  • Gardens are nice but DON'T waste your time and money on the "castle" tour. It is one floor only. The rooms are almost completely devoid of furniture and any other period items. Think of it as needing to use your imagination for everything. For instance, imagine that the billiards room played host to Prof Xavier's office (the X-men tie clearly being what makes people pay). The tour tried her best to make light switches sound interesting but it was big disappointment. Go see Craiggaroch Castle on Victoria for the real deal on how the Dunsmuir family lived.