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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 Burlington vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Burlington trip planner .
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  • the tour is good, especially if history interests you. Ask questions as staff are knowledgeable. Do not bring young children as likely to break something  more »
  • My daughter and son-in-law as well as my wife and I took a tour and truly enjoyed the informative and interesting tour guide. It was a nice time to visit since Christmas decorations were up.  more »
  • Cute old Castle, in winter is appreciated in a different way. Its gardens are covered by snow, which makes a little more Frost visit out. It has a souvenir shop that serves up to 16:00.
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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.
  • 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.
  • Amazing tour! Had no idea the history of Hamilton! Very knowledgeable tour guides and a fantastic set up. Great for all ages!
  • Very interesting. Great tour guide. Almost an hour tour in length. Price reasonable. Only complaint...tour group is too large. They take up to 18 people at once. Sections of the house too tight for such a crowd. Smaller tours should be arranged for your admission price and enjoyment.
  • We took part in the Victorian Christmas evening tour last and it was amazing. Our guide Helen was knowledgeable and funny and made the tour an unforgettable event.

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Where to stay in Burlington

Along Lakeshore Road, which straddles the lake and borders the city center and the pleasant Spencer Smith Park, you can choose from a handful of pleasant mid-range hotels offering all the basic amenities. If you're just transiting through Burlington or looking for a convenient location from which to commute to nearby Hamilton, go north of the center to Queen Elizabeth Way. Here, you'll find a collection of standards motels and motor inns providing a comfortable night's sleep.
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