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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  • This was a decent way to kill a view hours while in Victoria. They just finished renovations on a new ticket area and gift shop. The house itself is full of Victorian and Canadian history. Price is a bit steep for what you get inside. We would recommend going during a non-peak time. It wasn't busy while we were there and already seemed crammed in - wouldn't want to be there with a lot of people!
  • The castle is such a neat experience. You start by visiting the visitor info center to buy your passes. There is an audio tour available as well. The parking is free and be sure to give yourself at least 2 hours. There is a whole room of stuff to read, a little movie room that shows a short clip and a lot of really interesting history
  • Absolutely incredible place to see! This beautiful place was built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria. I couldn't believe the hand-carved wood throughout... stunning architectural design. The "smoking" room smelled of cigars and leather. The tour guide was very nice and friendly and offered a lot of history that you won't find online. I loved everything about this place and hope to go back some day.
  • This was now my 3rd time going to Craigdarroch. I was very happy with the new visitor's centre and even more excited to learn that they have plans to restore the kitchen back to what it may have looked like during the days this castle was used as a hospital during the war. The guides we talked with were very knowledgeable and we appreciated all they had to say. I love how there are signs which explain what use each room had during the different eras of history. Ex: a bedroom during the Dunsmuir's days, was also a hospital room during the war, and then a ballet room during the college days. Very informative and full of history!
  • So incredible to see how the very, very, very wealthy lived at the turn of the century. It is also cool to see how the castle is being restored to its original state in various rooms. Well worth the visit!
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