Point Ellice House, Victoria

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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. Plan to visit Point Ellice House and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Victoria attractions using our Victoria tourist route planner.
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  • We had a perfect afternoon for our Royal Tea in honour of Kate and William's visit. We had champagne and wonderful sandwiches and sweets. We were able to sit outside as the weather was cooperative. 
  • After living in Victoria for 18 years, I finally decided to pay a visit to Point Ellice House! Why did I wait so long??? I was surprised, given the neighbourhood it's located in, at just how beautiful...  read more »
  • Maybe I'm being harsh as we only walked their ground. It was closed for a private function. If it were my event, I would have been very upset. Their outdoor chairs were set up on uncut grass loaded wi...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Point Ellice House is the Best Kept Secret of Victoria. Any sunny or warm day, give yourself a treat. Take the Inner Harbor "Gorge Ferry" and tell the driver to let you off at Point Ellise house. Walk the short walk up into the garden lawn, back to the office and pay for a Tea and the Tour. A lot less costly than just about any place in the city, its the best bargain in High Teas. As you sit in wicker chairs, its brought to you by Victorian costumed servers. Sitting under the tent or the trees, you are in a parklike setting. I have had tea in most of the places in Victoria. This is probably the best for charm and price. You can tour the historic house, the garden and then have tea. Be sure to play a set of Crouquet while you are there . Quiet, and restful, A "Step Back" in time. One of my favorite spots in the city.
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