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Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria
Categories: Castles, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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. Make Craigdarroch Castle part of your personalized Victoria itinerary using our Victoria vacation trip planner.
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The curators know so much and are so helpful. Everyone carried a smile. The rooms are gorgeous, and the castle simply amazing. We loved taking the time to explore. I hope they get the funds to continu... read more »
Such a beautiful castle! I was mesmerizing by the stain glass and etched wood. I can only imagine the magnificence of the building when it was first built. I highly recommend this to anyone looking fo... read more »
The Castle was home to a wealthy but unfortunate family in the late 1800s. We walked there from downtown Victoria, but you can also take a public bus. There is a video which explains a lot of the back... read more »
I came here on a Saturday afternoon and it was such a beautiful day to tour a castle. The admission is cheap, you just have to carry your backpack on your front or check it for free. They give you a map with a description of each room and there are also placards of info in each room. There are also a lot of volunteers there that are very educated about the castle. I think it's 4 or 5 stories and is not wheelchair friendly. I did really enjoy the history but I don't know how a kid would feel about it. The only downside for me was that there viewing space in each room is small which is fine, but theres usually people in there so you have to wait a little for them to step out. Maybe try and go during a weekday and it'll be less busy.
A well executed and well curated museum. Follow the Dunsmirs, a family of early Canada with coal based wealth and Scottish royalty ambitions. There are a series of rooms set up to show the traditional usage of such a grand manor, and the eras that it was used for other things. It has been a hospital, a university, and a conservatory of music building in its life in addition to housing a family of historic Victoria. The website is very good and there is an audio tour if you so please. There is a video that plays on repeat throughout the day. To see everything and read every plaque, expect to spend a few hours here. If you are rushed you could probably tour it in an hour.
Craigdarroch Castle is one of the must see of my guests when they come for a visit. It's 10 mins. drive from the busy Victoria Harbour. I give my guests at least 3 hours to explore the beautiful Interior woodwork, history etc. The dwelling shows how lavish, understand and look back on the Victorian Era lifestyle. A place not to be missed when visiting Victoria.
This is probably one of the more interesting places to visit in Victoria. Anyone who enjoys a bit of architecture and history will enjoy this. Very well kept with a great staff. The price is also very reasonable.
You could easily spend a couple of hours here, if not longer. One of the bedrooms has been converted into an information centre with posters explaining the history of the house and the Dunsmuir family. The rest of the house has been restored to what it would have looked like in the late 1800s. One of the most interesting features is the curved windows (and doors!) in the circular towers.
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