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Dundurn Castle, Hamilton

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Step into 19th-century Hamilton at Dundurn Castle, a historic former residence that now operates as a museum. Completed in 1835, the impressive neoclassical mansion has been restored to look as it did in 1855, when Canadian politician Sir Allan Napier Macnab, 1st Baronet, lived here. A docent in period costume will guide your tour through the many rooms. The sprawling grounds house a variety of other cultural attractions, including a military museum and theater. Make Dundurn Castle a centerpiece of your Hamilton vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Hamilton trip planner .
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  • In Hamilton we have a "mountain" that is a big hill and a "castle" that is a big house. That said, a tour of Dundurn Castle is a great way to get some Canadian history and see how privileged people li...  more »
  • Our tour guiide (Alex) was amazing! Everythihg was well explained and it has a great history. Sir Allan the owner of the castle spent many years in the castle and had an interesting family. My daughte...  more »
  • We were fortunate to have a small tour group of six people. Our tour guide was very pleasant and informative. We visited a large number of rooms on three levels. The appearance of a mansion from about...  more »
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  • An amazing historical place. You really feel like your going into the past when you go inside the castle. It's huge also, so there are many rooms to see and enjoy inside the castle. Also the outside of the castle and the scenery around it looks beautiful, so it's both a good place to enjoy sightseeing and to take pictures (including family and wedding photos) in my opinion. I also like how you get a guided tour around the castle (which is included in the admission). And the museum beside the castle ( admission to the museum is included with the price of the admission to dundurn castle) it is quite nice with an amazing collection of antiques in it. The only reason why I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 is because I don't think the hours for the museum are good.
  • Step back in time - like visiting Downton Abbey. 40+ rooms of real luxury in the home of Allan MacNab, who was Premier of Canada in 1854-56. Huge grounds on the lake shore. Amazing. Out tour guide was very knowledgeable (she works as a gardener in the warmer seasons).
  • Dundurn Castle is less of a castle and more of a large Palace or mansion right in the heart of downtown Hamilton. It's a very interesting place to visit if you're into local or Canadian history and it's possible to go on a guided and informative tour of the inside for a reasonable price. For those of you that don't want to explore the inside, the grounds themselves are quite beautiful and it's a great place to spend some time walking around while enjoying the lovely scenery. For an even more interesting walk I recommend exploring the castle grounds and then crossing the street and exploring the historic cemetery as well where you'll find some amazing crypts of famous Hamiltonians. There is free parking at the castle and it's very easily accessible from the Highway that runs through the city. There are some great parks and other hiking trails nearby and it's a great place to visit along with a few other of Hamilton’s more natural and historical attractions.
  • Dundurn Castle is an amazing place to tour. Lots of history. I enjoyed the tour so much. Tour guides are very knowledgeable.
  • Great guide. Lovely history. Because it's a historic building there is no access to the second floor besides stairs.
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