Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria

Travel back in time as you wander the lavish wood-paneled halls and rooms of Craigdarroch Castle, the former home of wealthy Victorian coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. Learn of the exploits of the privileged family of two sons and eight daughters, and witness the illustrious living arrangements and artifacts afforded by the patriarch’s industrial-era success as an entrepreneur. Consider making use of the available audio guide while perusing the rooms, to paint a clearer picture of life at the estate. For Craigdarroch Castle and beyond, use our Victoria online tour itinerary planner to get the most from your Victoria vacation.
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  • We visited the castle with our 4 yr old granddaughter and we were all enchanted. It was decorated for Christmas and the toys under the tree were endlessly fascinating. There was almost no one else the...  more »
  • I have been a number of times but not since they moved the offices and gift shop out of the building. It was a treat to see more of the building even if it had not been restored yet. Loved revisiting ...  more »
  • This beautiful home/castle overlooks Victoria and is spectacular. The detail in the timber work has got to be seen. The wealth of this era is shown in this building. Don't miss it if you are visiting ...  more »
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  • What a beautiful place. They hold events here such as "A Christmas Carol" (highly recommended) and each room of the castle is kept like a mini walk-in museum. Parking can be annoying: don't assume you can park anywhere close. The surrounding streets are for residents only however there are some spots available. Street parking as always available along Fort Street between Wharf and Cook. If you park at Cook, you have at least 4 blocks to walk. Shoes must be cleaned before entering using their brushing machine. Women must remove sharp heels. Plan ahead for that. And the castle is not at all accommodating to mobility issues (lots of beautiful old creaking stairs, no elevator).
  • This is a great Castle filled with a lot of history! I would definitely recommend visiting! And they have a new gift shop! It isn't that far from downtown Victoria. also it is Very well maintained and they are constantly ensuring that it is kept in the condition that it was built.
  • You really need to go here. The volunteers are very knowledgeable, the history is rich, we easily spent an hour and a half here. We got lost in all the reading in the second floor bedroom. 100% worth the cost.
  • Pretty sure this place is haunted, as my phone began taking photos by itself (it has never done that before and when we left it was "normal" again!). I would 100% visit again though because the castle is just stunning, with gorgeous stainglass and the tower view! Plus the rooms are beautifully decorated to period centric decor, along with the story of the many ways the castle has been used and renovated, my children and I found it really wonderful! Definitely a must see for anyone visting Victoria, BC!
  • This was built by a coal baron, Dunsmuir, but no one could afford to keep it after so it was raffled off. It is a grand building, but the admission seems a little steep. It is amazing to look at the old clothes in this place and realize how much smaller people used to be. It's neat to see a castle in the middle of relatively casual Victoria. But perhaps the best part is walking around the Rockland neighbourhood that surrounds it.

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The curling waterfront Wharf Street, which becomes Store Street, offers the best selection of lodgings in the city center, although you can expect to pay extra for the trademark views. Many travelers opt to stay in the neighborhood of James Bay, where Belleville Street and surrounds provide comfortable and even luxurious options. For something more relaxed and closer to nature, look south to the expansive Beacon Hill Park.
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