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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  • You'll see very negative reviews for afternoon tea, and they are probably correct. I don't know. But if you are interested in how a wealthy family lived ca 1860 to 1930, this is a must-see. They famil...  more »
  • Nice discovery. Wonderful place to enjoy tea and visit the garden. Tim is adorable and very available.
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  • On Saturday, July 14, 2018, my family and I (four of us) took the ferry from Pt Angeles to Victoria for the express purpose of having afternoon tea on the lawn at Pt Ellice House to celebrate our daug...  more »
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  • For history enthusiasts! For locals and tourists! For fans of Victorian epoch! For anyone who’s fascinated by interior design! This place is a hidden gem! It’s so worth visiting! Pictures from the phone don’t do any justice to this stunning place! Staff is beyond amazing! They literally walked extra mile for us today. Guide was so lovely and extremely knowledgeable. Price is more than reasonable. Find the time to check this place! For high tea reservations are needed! Would love to come back!
  • Terribly disappointed with the afternoon tea. It used to be great now it’s a rip off. The food was excellent but terribly expensive for the very small quantity and it was served in the entrance/info area. It used to be outside on the lawn with real tea in hand made covering. There would be butterflies and kids would run around a play crickets the service was then done by ladies in nice period dresses. Now it’s outside catering and it’s served in the entrance. Not the same at all. I didn’t bother to revisit the house afterwards. For the price of the tea one would think they could complimentary include the house tour but no it doesn’t… The whole point was to be in the Victorian gardens having tea. There is not point doing tea in a generic tourist attraction entrance. Sad to see this once very nice tea in the garden having gone wrong.
  • Best night I had doing the paranormal investigation. Wonderful history and so many artifacts.
  • In 1975, John and Inez O’Reilly sold their family home, Point Ellice House, to the Province of British Columbia. Taking only a few personal items, they turned the house over, complete with 108 years of family possessions: Furniture, dishes, luggage, letters, pictures, paintings, musical instruments, clothing, and a lot more. Victoria and British Columbia changed rapidly around Point Ellice House. Similar houses and properties were demolished, but Point Ellice House, its contents, and its gardens remain; it still has stories to tell. A bit hidden but a great place to visit for Historical value.
  • Fantastic house and garden tour! The staff do an incredible job of providing the history of the house and gardens and you can just imagine what it was like to live in the home so many years ago. I highly recommend that tourists and locals visit. The tea unfortunately is not worth the time or money they charge. They do not serve the tea with linens there is no tablecloth and we are provided with paper napkins. The tea is not served with fine china it was served in coffee carafes and we were given coffee mugs to drink from. Sugar is not served in the sugar bowl with sugar cubes but rather you are provided with sugar wrapped in paper from Tim Hortons. The sandwiches and dainties are not served on a tiered serving tray but rather on a white plate all on one plate. You’re not told what the sandwiches and dainties are that are being served and are left to figure it out on your own. The ambiance is lacking in that there is no light music and you feel like the staff are listening to your table conversation. Sadly I do not recommend the afternoon tea.
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