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 went here while on our cruise in Alaska ans glad we did. It was interesting to hear about the family that lived here and how money can become a burden and tear families apart. The mansion is huge a...  more »
  • This beautiful mansion was a highlight of our trip. The place has been beautifully restored and the history of it is wonderful. Make sure you take enough time to see the 30-Minutes movie that gives yo...  more »
  • Craigdarroch Castle sits on the highest point in Victoria, and has beautiful architecture and historical significance. Worth the trip, and admission isn’t crazy expensive. Perfect way for kids and fam...  more »
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  • Pleasantly surprised by this castle. I wasn't sure what to expect from looking online, but it turned out to be a gem during my trip to Victoria. It felt much larger going through the entire castle. It is in the Victorian style, so it is a finished interior with lots of beautiful woodwork and stained glass windows, most of them original. There is quite a history to this building, and while the castle society tried to highlight all of the good times had by the family which built the castle, I couldn't help but be saddened by the fact that the patriarch of the family had the castle commissioned but died shortly before it was completed. His widow then lived here with her grown children for a while, however each of them moved out when they got married and developed their own lives. In the end the widow died after living there for about 18 years, and the castle was donated via lottery and not kept in the family. The castle was eventually converted to a working hospital for wartime service then later became a college for women. The castle society has preserved some of the rooms as they were in the time of the hospital and college, as well as restored much of the original living conditions and servants quarters. It is a beautiful house with lots of history and very well-organized self-guided tour with much information provided in the handout and plaques stationed throughout. Plan to spend 1-2 hours here, depending on your curiosity and desire to read the plaques. It was time well-spent and I will remember my trip here with fond memories.
  • This is a great attraction. Overall, the price is reasonable for the long time you stay at the castle. The place is now a museum and there is plenty of things to see once inside. The rooms are well preserved with all the original items inside. The woodwork inside is amazing. Make sure you take your camera inside and do NOT touch the woodwork. There are 4 floors so take you time. Also, it’s close to downtown, so one can walk from the castle to downtown.
  • One of the better historical sites I’ve visited. The amount of attention to detail and effort put into restoring it to its former state is amazing. The layout makes it very easy to move through the rooms and keeps things from backing up. The amount of different things that the castle has been used for over the years is amazing by itself, and the inside is fantastic. 10/10 would recommend.
  • This was so interesting and the staff is all knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We did this tour with 6 kids under 8 (cause we're crazy like that, also we have a bunch of kids in our family and usually bring them everywhere, as one does, lol) and not one of them was bored or wandered off for the whole tour, thanks to engaging tour guides and a well-done scavenger hunt activity. For the rate it was maybe over a little bit quickly, we thought it would take us a couple hours and we were completely satisfied in less than an hour, but it was a good tour.
  • We visited the museum during a quick excursion, so we were probably too rushed to properly read through and appreciate all the information. But from our walk through, it just seemed like a giant self-dedicated memorial of a wealthy man to himself with arbitrary historical relevance. It was pretty and well maintained, but I just didn't see the significance.
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