Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria

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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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  • Great tour through a amazing place. You step back in time to a Victorian age through a gorgeous castle, period furniture and clothing.  more »
  • My husband and I visited Craigdarroch Castle on a weekend trip to Victoria in April. The castle (really more of a mansion) is located in a regular neighborhood which was surprising. We ended up walkin...  more »
  • We took the hop on hop off bus and got off at the castle. A short walk up the hill to the site. Really a stunning piece of architecture. Amazing woodwork that has been restored and is still being rest...  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.
  • Craigdarroch is a pretty cool place. A mining Barron build it but never saw it complete. It's history is a almost Shakespearean. The mansion is on a huge lot you can explore. Inside, Rooms are designed in their original style and there's info about each room, the types of events the family used to hold, and the way the mansion was used after it was sold. The wood work in the main entrance is worth it alone. Kid friendly, couple friendly, inexpensive and it's close to the Victoria art gallery if you're looking to make a day of it.
  • Really cool place to go for a date or with the family. Great staff, and not too pricey. Definitely will go back next time I'm in Victoria