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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  • Again, because of the age and nature of this incredible artifice, I am uncertain of handicapped facilities. Seems Joan forgot to install an elevator in 1892. Shame shame. This structure has gone throu...  more »
  • It's not really a castle, just a rich person's mansion. Lots of interesting artifacts in each room, to show how a rich person lived long ago. But the kids got bored after a while.  more »
  • This attraction is worth a trip to visit. Interesting local history and a lovely peek back in time. The stained glass is especially attractive and plentiful.  more »
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  • loved that museum. We went there on a Monday and it wasn't too crowded. It was so interesting to walk and being able to read about the different rooms in the castle. It's beautifully presented and the architecture is great. The information is great for educational purposes and adults and kids can enjoy the facts and information given about the room and its content.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed this viewing from the past. Craigdarroch Castle is pretty well-known and is well organized as a tour. We went through the entire place and enjoyed the trip backwards. Worth a visit!
  • It is not a castle. It is a Victorian mansion originally owned by a rich mining tycoon. All of the belongings were sold off after the wife passed. They are buying back items but it is more of a museum of Victorian living of a rich family. There is not any elaborate jewelry to view. The house has various owners and uses which they explain as you go through each room. If you like Victorian houses and history, or romance novels, then you may like it. There are narratives of the family and what became of the children and fortune. There is a gift shop. Restrooms are next door where you buy your tickets and the gift shop is located next door as well. You cannot touch anything and I understand for preservation reasons. It was a nice leisurely walk down Fort Street to see it. I believe that you can make up your mind whether you want to visit from this summary without my personal opinion.
  • Gorgeous house with so much to see if you’re in the mood to step back in time. Great way to spend a few hours on a rainy day visiting Victoria.
  • A great historic site in the heart of Victoria. Beautifully restored building, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Good place to visit, it will take just over an hour to see it all and get a feel for life in the late 1800s.
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