Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria

(4.3/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This castle is beautiful and the story of it is so interesting! The rooms are set up beautifully although some looked like they could have used more furniture. The floors don't seem very big but I don...  more »
  • 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 designe...  more »
  • Rather small compared to other similar houses that I saw elsewhere, including in Toronto. Half of the rooms are gutted with nothing in them. All private collections of the family have been sold off.  more »
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  • Well preserved. Stunning wood and glasswork. Interesting historical info. Not of interest to little kids. $26 for two adults. Good for one visit, no need to visit again.
  • A beautiful treasure. Craigdarroch is a fantastic place to see if you are visiting Victoria. It's well preserved, and has plenty of interpretive signage. We booked the castle for a special event after hours, and found that the management staff were excellent. Everything went very smoothly, thanks to the expert hand that guided us through booking and paperwork. I heartily recommend considering it as a venue if you are planning an event.
  • Pretty affordable admission. Went here in the summer and we went near the opening time and it was already starting to be busy. Castle itself is small in comparison to the inside of Hatley Castle. Pretty interesting though. Lots of antiques still in the house.
  • Very interesting, a really nice walk to and from as well, take a stroll through Government House grounds on the way back and the gardens there! The 'Castle' has excellent hosts and is a neat peak at an old home and some antique furnishings and such. Very Picturesque
  • I came here on a Saturday afternoon and it was such a beautiful day to tour a castle. The admission is cheap, you just have to carry your backpack on your front or check it for free. They give you a map with a description of each room and there are also placards of info in each room. There are also a lot of volunteers there that are very educated about the castle. I think it's 4 or 5 stories and is not wheelchair friendly. I did really enjoy the history but I don't know how a kid would feel about it. The only downside for me was that there viewing space in each room is small which is fine, but theres usually people in there so you have to wait a little for them to step out. Maybe try and go during a weekday and it'll be less busy.