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. To visit Hatley Castle and get the most from your holiday in Colwood, create itinerary details personal to you using our Colwood trip itinerary maker app .
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  • Hatley Castle is a beautiful building with an interesting history. The grounds allow you a pleasant stroll in the forest and great place for the children to burn off energy on the walking trails. You ...  more »
  • We went to take a tour, despite not being able to book it in advance or reach anyone by phone. It isn't easy to find the castle on the campus of the Royal Roads University, but other reviewers have ex...  more »
  • We had the pleasure of attending a wedding at Hatley Castle in October. This gave us access to the castle in the evening. Not opened to the public. The building is beautiful both inside and out. You m...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful place. Breath taking views. Well explained in the tour.
  • 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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