Hatley Castle, Colwood

Categories: Castles, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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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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  • 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...  read more »
  • I visited just outside the Castle, because it is only open for visit during the summer. Is very worthwhile ... The garden is wonderful!!!
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  • When we arrive there, we are told that there is a wedding going on that evening. So, the castle is closed off to the public. We only get to see the front of the castle and not inside. 
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • I have had the pleasure of photographing Hatley Castle for several weddings, plus lots of family portrait sessions and engagement sessions through FunkyTown Photography. I've seen just about every set up for weddings, including ceremonies in the croquet gardens and the Italian garden. I've also photographed couples throughout the Hatley Grounds, including the Japenese and Rose Gardens. Plus, I've seen the reception held within the castle itself, plus in a tented area in front of the castle for a bigger event. This venue never fails to impress each and every time. The backdrop is obviously stunning, but the variety of gardens and the stunning interior rooms are amazing. You literally don't need to decorate if you're getting married here. The staff are amazing, and always ensure every need is attended, and every detail is perfect. There are places to go if it rains, and the front and back of the castle are so pretty. Plus the view of the Esquimalt Lagoon and Olympic Mountains is incredible too (something that sometimes gets overlooked because the castle is just so darned gorgeous). It also looks incredible at night!
  • Gorgious spot for a wedding. Grounds are lovely and the castle is amazing!
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