Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria

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#3 of 81 in Historic Sites in British Columbia
Castle Mysterious Site
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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  • We got off the Hop On/ Hop Off bus here. It took us about 40 mins to walk through. Lots of attention to detail in every room in the restorations. Its a stunning building. Lots of historical photos, es...  more »
  • We visited the castle and learned a lot about the construction and history of the building and the family that built it. It was beautiful. The wood floors are very impressive. Other wood work is also ...  more »
  • Was amazed by the detail in this "castle". Was a lot of fun to tour. Doesn't take long to go through and it is self guided. Kind of pricey.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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