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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  • October 4, 2017
    Stained glass windows are worth the trip on their own. The wood panelling and stonework are carved. The floors are inlaid wood. The electrical fixtures can accommodate gas as well. The Society has pur...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    This castle is worth the visit, fascinating history with lots of information on its varied uses over many years, also many volunteers to give heaps of info, don't miss the movie of the family history  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    We spent about 1.5 hours touring Craigdarroch Castle. Really enjoyed the setting and the history of the castle. Guides are place at strategic locations throughout the tour and provide you with excelle...  more »
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  • June 17, 2017
    Although it's not a traditional castle you would see in Europe with a centuries-old history, Craigdarroch Castle was quite interesting to visit. It was beautifully restored with many original pieces. The volunteers were very knowledgeable about the castle and had great stories to share if you asked them. The castle is easy to get to by bus, and there is some parking available if you drive. I'd recommend booking your tickets online and printing them before you go as the entry way is a bit crowded once you get a few people in there. Also, just a helpful piece of info, if you have a backpack you will have to carry it in front of you so as not to damage the wood paneling. Had I known that, I wouldn't have brought my camera bag with me.
  • June 16, 2017
    Pretty cool to explore. You can join a guided tour or explore at your pace - stop & read every plaque or skip through quickly & just enjoy the building itself. Entry was reasonably priced (think it was about $35/$40 for 2 adults). Parking available onsite (free). The woodwork is incredible. There are about 5 floors accessible via the 2 central staircases - one set of stairs (on the 'formal' side) which you use to go up, & one set of stairs (on the 'living' side) which you use to go down. Between 3-5 rooms to explore on each floor on each side, so plenty to see, although of course you don't have to go into every room if you don't want to. You could skim it quickly in 10 minutes or you could spend hours here, either way it's worth the visit.
  • June 12, 2017
    Beautiful mansion ( maybe not a castle) with fantastic interiors. The tour ($14) is a little expensive, but worth it if you are a history or Victorian era history buff. Gorgeous wood inlay floors, period furniture and stain glass window. Fascinating story of the family. Great to do on a summer day and is about a 1.5 mile walk from downtown.
  • July 2, 2017
    This place is sooo beautiful and full of history. Has a decent entrance fee around $14. Has discount for students and seniors. Each rooms are well described. I felt like i was living the history.
  • July 4, 2017
    Worth the tour fee! This amazing "Castle" sits atop a hill not far from the center of town. It's beautifully crafted and full of history.

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