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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  • August 12, 2017
    My family took a short detour here while heading back to Sidney. There's paid visitor parking near the rear of the castle. The castle itself was very impressive, with the grounds beautifully maintaine...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    My husband and I visited the castle with my sister, niece, and my 89-year-old mother. We took the guided tour of the castle and gardens. There were places for my mom sit during the tour which was much...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Hatley Castle is now the administrative office building of Royal Roads University. It is open to the public and its gardens, and tour of the ground floor is available for a fee. The gardens were magni...  more »
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  • May 16, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    This is where the X-Men movies were filmed. Do I really have to say more? Definitely worth a visit but be warned that it is located about a 25-30 minute drive west of downtown Victoria.
  • March 22, 2017
    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.
  • June 28, 2017
    Beautiful place. Breath taking views. Well explained in the tour.
  • May 28, 2017
    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!

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