Point Ellice House, Victoria

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Step into the daily life of an upper-class Victorian family with a visit to Point Ellice House. The house belonged to Irish immigrant Peter O'Reilly, one of the first Gold Commissioners and judges in British Columbia. The middle-class family frequently invited visitors for breakfast, lunch, and tea, and today you can still take lunch or tea at the house. The O'Reillys moved in in 1867; more than 100 years later their descendants sold the house to the province and left all their personal belongings behind. Tour the collection of Victorian items, and then take part in the family's favorite pastime of tea and cakes on the lawn overlooking the water. To visit Point Ellice House and get the most from your holiday in Victoria, create itinerary details personal to you using our Victoria online trip planner .
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  • My husband and I were killing time before we had to leave for the ferry and decided to spend an hour or so touring this old house. We lucked out as a tour was just starting as we arrived. The charming...  more »
  • Elegant historic house has been lovingly preserved. It is remarkable that it could be done. Very good tour guide. This is the history of Victoria. The gardens are lovely to walk through. The gift shop...  more »
  • Couldn't have chosen a nicer Sunday to visit. We three friends from Victoria have wAtched this heritage home and grounds become a really attractive spot---especially if you come by Water Taxi so you g...  more »
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  • Terrific backyard tea (on the Gorge) and heritage house tour experience. The tour was terrific. Sure glad that there there are places like this to visit. Be sure to call 48 hours early if you want gluten-free options.
  • High tea on the lawn of a historic house. Strange selection of sandwiches. Good tea selection.
  • Awesome history lesson. Not a location you'd think about visiting but well worth the visit
  • Wonderful tea outside on the lawn...taken on a tour of the house by a wonderful young lady who was very knowledgeable...wonderful day!!!
  • Treasure cove of the 1860's with rich tour of the house and past inhabitants.

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