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Casa Loma, Toronto

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#2 of 579 in Museums in Ontario
Constructed at the beginning of the 20th century in the Gothic Revival style, Casa Loma represents the city's only castle. The midtown landmark once served as the formal residence of financier Henry Mill Pellat, known for helping bring hydroelectric power to Toronto. Originally the largest private home in Canada, the grandiose 98-room castle now acts as a museum, often used for wedding ceremonies and movie shoots. Choose between several themed guided tours, or pick up a digital audio guide at the entrance and explore the castle and gardens on your own. Using our international travel planner, Toronto attractions like Casa Loma can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Second time I visit in 10 years apart with friends different, and just as captivating even after a second visit. Audio guide very well mounted, history of the House and Mr. and Mrs. Pellet very impressive.
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  • We took our grandchildren here about 3 years ago. Literally, they can SEE Casa Loma from their home, so it is a real lure for them. They LOVED zipping around the castle. High on their list to recommen...  more »
  • Getting to Casa Loma is a pain on public transport so driving there would be a better idea. The property is absolutely beautiful and it's worth going up to the roof for the views although it would be ...  more »
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  • Casa Loma is a breathtaking historical site with incredibly interesting information on military and life in the past. The outside of the castle is super intricate and the giant stone unicorn is a nice touch. Basically if you’re thinking of visiting a castle, go see this castle because that is exactly what it looks like. The inside on the other hand is super cool, there’s suits of armor, old clocks, old bathrooms with antique furniture, a TIGER SKIN RUG, and tons of The Queen’s Own Rifles history and equipment as well as history and equipment from WW1, WW2 and many other wars that have happened in the past. Walking through all the rooms there is an option to have an audio tour where they give you a walkie talkie looking device that spells out the facts of whatever room you may be in. Each room is different, from libraries to conservatories to wine cellars. There are also cool fountains outside that offer a refreshing mist when sitting on the edge. The secret passageways are also very intriguing (only two out of three existing ones have been found). The gift shop and cafeteria have some cool stuff but naturally it’s overpriced (normal prices for gift shops at tourist attractions). There is also a movie theatre which tells the story of the residents, right before this there is a hallway with movie posters that have filmed scenes at the castle and a TV displaying those scenes. The garden section of Casa Loma is also worth walking through. The scattered, professional carvings of different animals along the path are enjoyable as you listen to birds and what sounds like cicadas. There is also a fish pond and lights that light up the path and trees at night. Some people have concerns about the heat but it’s not bad unless you go up Norman Tower and there are lots of air conditioners and the marble floored conservatory is nice and cool. I didn't get a chance to try out the escape rooms but I have no doubt they would be fantastic. Smiley Staff and Cleanly atmosphere.
  • One of only medieval castles located right near the core of a downtown Toronto. A truly magnificent architectural masterpiece that has been extremely well preserved. Come for a tour of the majestic gardens located just behind the castle. If you come during the summer months chances are you will see a wedding or two being held here or wedding photos being taken around the property. A truly great experience on your tour of Toronto.
  • I'll give this only 4 stars...and I'm thinking about 3 because of the HORRIBLE parking situation. The attendants did not keep track of cars coming and going. Therefore they had no clue that there were no spaces to be had. We were in luck because after 15 minutes of sitting there, someone finally left. We were unable to go out and see the roof because only a certain amount of people were allowed there at a time. We waited 45 minutes in a dark, hot, stuffy attic and still never got to go out. The place itself deserves 5 stars. But awful cooking smells from the snack bar pervaded the gardens and main entry hall, as well as the fact that they let in as many people as they can, cram in there added to the lowering of my rating. Literally every room we walked into was filled with 35-50 people already. It could be a much better experience. If I went again, it would be first thing in the morning, and off-season. The place was amazing and it would be well worth it to be able to spend more time without having 600 of my closest friends there too.
  • Unbelievable that such a beautiful medieval castle would exist in the midst of a modern city such a Toronto! The castle structure outside is modeled on the ancient medieval castles of England. Or instantly transports you to a bygone era. Inside there are various tours including self guided audio tours. Its beautifully decorated and maintained well. You have to see it too believe it. Lovely place to visit while in Toronto.
  • Amazing mansion/castle on the top of a hill overlooking Toronto. This house has been used to film movies like X-men, and even has 2 secret passages! It's as good, if not better, than touring any of the royal homes in England. The original owner could only afford to live in it for 10 years as it's annual costs exceeded $100k. Truly a fabulous home.
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