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Casa Loma, Toronto

Categories: Castles, Specialty Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.1/5 based on 4,200+ reviews on the web
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. Take a look at our Toronto vacation planner to schedule your visit to Casa Loma and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Casa Loma reminds more of a small castle or small castle as a Manor House from the beginning of the 20th century (construction period 1911 to 1914). However, it is impressive to have such a building in Toronto. Worth a visit, if only from the outside for a photo, in any case.
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  • My husband and I bought a Toronto City Pass and did everything in the book. We honestly did not expect much out of this but we're pleasantly surprised. The grounds were lovely, the house was stunning ...  read more »
  • First time at Casa Loma, 5 of us went for the Legends of Horror. The design, actors, props and effects were amazing. Half of it is outdoors, then there's a bar and washroom inside at the halfway point...  read more »
  • The Castle was quite beautiful and very interesting to explore. the view was outstanding. However, the employees were very rude. First: I inquired about the guided tour devices (not sure what they were called) and I received an attitude as if I should know exactly what it was. I was only curious if it gave more information than all the posted signs as I am interested in history. I was with My friends who were visiting me from NY and in Canada for the first time and they wanted to purchase gifts in the gift shop. We had city passes with a discount coupon for gifts and were required to hand the pass over for them to take the coupon out and not allowed to remove it ourselves (city pass policy). The young man mistakenly did not return it and my friend was sure they had put everything in the bag. After arriving to our next stop (CN Tower), we realized the bag did not contain his pass booklet (also it went into a back pack we did not open until the next stop and long story short they had the pass the whole time, and I want to detail how we were treated) I called Casa Loma and spoke with a security guard who was very rude and insisted we lost the pass without even looking. He also claimed that the internal phone system shuts off at 5PM and he could not call the gift shop. He hung up on me. I called back a total of 12 times and herd the phone pick up and hang up. The final time I called, he answered again and said no one turned in a city pass and I could come tomorrow to ask again. Mind you, my friends came for 2 days and paid 244 for the 3 of us. During this time we missed our chance to go to the aquarium and had to pay to enter the CN tower. The next day we arrived at Casa Loma and spoke with someone in the front who got permission to allow us into the gift shop. We went down to the gift shop and explained to the girl there what had happened (we were 100% sure and also aware that my friend should have checked his bag more carefully. Also the person who didn't hand it back is not who we are upset with). Just as he completed his sentence, the young woman very rudely stated "That never happened". Then went on to say if it happened they would all know about it and there was no city pass then said we lost it. I asked her if she wouldn't mind just looking or asking whoever may be in charge. She would not entertain this. We went back to the entrance and had a manager called. The manager Melissa approached us very warmly and said she would not mind reviewing the camera in order to see if the pass was possibly handed to someone else. First she brought us down to the gift shop and said she would like to double check again to be sure (something that could have been done the day before by any one). She literally opened the drawer by the cash register and not only found our city pass, but a child's one that no one knew was there (so they could care less and probably lied to those people who likely went looking for it as they can be pricey). As I said, my friend should have checked his bag. However, because we were lied to we missed 2 venues because of the time we spent on the phone and also trying to get help from city pass. then having to go there the next day. Not to mention that my friends were expecting a good time and that Canadians live up to being "polite". As the one showing the city that I love to my friends, I was so deeply embarrassed for them to have been treated this way. I also planned to try the escape room and other events at this place but I am feeling like I never even want to go near it again because I cannot forget how we were treated. I personally have never ever been treated this way in Canada and regardless of the number of tourists who come and go, it is not acceptable. Its clear we are all seen as just tourists who any one could care less about at a place this popular. I will be taking my friends to provincial parks instead of these attractions from now on. If you have a city pass watch it like a hawk every time you have to hand it over and try not to need to ask these people any questions is all I can say.
  • This place is sometimes underrated but it's beautiful. It's a majestic castle with lot of history behind. The guided tours are amazing and it comes in many languages. It has really nice garden where you can enjoy some appetizers. I've been there twice and I would recommend to anyone who likes arts, culture and history.
  • I was here for a wedding ceremony and the atrium was gorgeous. The staff were very friendly and helped us stay organized despite it being a very busy tourist destination. It's a worthwhile visit even without a special occasion. I'm looking forward to trying the escape room someday!
  • wow. such a great place to see. the view of the town is amazing, and the place itself is amazing for himself. tips: - if you have time, maybe get the city pass and go to different things as well. - you might find some parking away from the castle if you want to save some $, but its hard (be careful about the signs closest to the castle).
  • I really liked it. Great that they play clips from movies filmed there. A bit hit inside in the summer as no air conditioning but we'll worth the sweat. Also worth- queueing to get to the top of the tower if you can climb spiral and narrow staircase!
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