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. Plan to visit Point Ellice House and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Victoria attractions using our Victoria tourist route planner.
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  • July 23, 2017
    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 »
  • May 12, 2017
    I went to Point Ellice House for a quick run through before the season is due to start up. The ambiance of the garden makes the place feel very alive and gives life to the stories that go along with h...  more »
  • January 24, 2017
    Nice historic house which gives you a bit of flavour for local history situated in Victoria. A good visit but maybe a bit boring for kids.  more »
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  • May 16, 2016
    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.
  • September 13, 2016
    High tea on the lawn of a historic house. Strange selection of sandwiches. Good tea selection.
  • September 20, 2015
    Awesome history lesson. Not a location you'd think about visiting but well worth the visit
  • August 30, 2013
    Wonderful tea outside on the lawn...taken on a tour of the house by a wonderful young lady who was very knowledgeable...wonderful day!!!
  • June 5, 2015
    Treasure cove of the 1860's with rich tour of the house and past inhabitants.

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