Trip Planner:   Canada  /  Ontario  /  Windsor  /  Willistead Manor

Willistead Manor, Windsor

4.6
Willistead Manor is a historic house located in the former town of Walkerville, Ontario, now part of Windsor, Ontario. Willistead Manor was designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn in the 16th-century Tudor-Jacobean style of an English manor house. It was built in 1904-1906, and was commissioned by Edward Chandler Walker, the second son of Hiram Walker. It is named after the first son, Willis Walker, a lawyer in Detroit, MI, who died young.Contrary to popular belief, Hiram Walker never lived in the home. One of the unique features of the mansion is that it contained only one bedroom. Edward and his wife never had any children, and the coach houses to the manor provided ample room for guests. After Edward passed on in 1915, Mrs. Walker did not care to keep living in the big home alone, and she deeded the house and grounds to the town of Walkerville. When Walkerville was amalgamated with Windsor in 1935, it obtained ownership of Willistead.In the years after its use as a residence, Willistead served as the Walkerville Town Hall, Art Gallery of Windsor and as a public library branch. In the late 1970s early 1980s the City of Windsor, afraid of the repairs and upkeep on the mansion, wanted to demolish the structure. Preservationists stepped in and the home was saved. Today the 36-room mansion is used as a banquet hall, and the three-acre (12,000 m²) grounds are incorporated in a larger public park. The house can be rented for occasions such as weddings, corporate meeting and private parties. The house is also decorated for the Christmas holiday by The Friends of Willistead and opened to the public.
Arrange to visit Willistead Manor and other attractions in Windsor using our Windsor tour itinerary planning tool .
Source
Create an itinerary including Willistead Manor
map
Willistead Manor Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
87 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • We went to the Manor at Christmas time when it was all fitted out for the season. We even had Christmas carols played by bell ringers!. Every room was full of interest and the volunteers who manned ev...  more »
  • A must see in Windsor. Beautifully decorated mansion specially in Christmas season, it's open for public with minimal fee. Amazing stories behind this mansion and family.  more »
  • We end up never being able to take a tour of the inside but the outside is very grandiose and beautiful. It is a great location for a walk and is great dor dog walking!  more »
Google
  • If you're looking for something to do as a family, make sure you visit Willistead Manor during the holidays. Each room is beautifully themed and the history of the manor + Walker family is explained. You will not regret going
  • In one word. Impressive. So beautiful and the grounds are well kept. All the houses and buildings surround the property are just gorgious. A fantastic area to visit and experience.
  • Great tourist attraction in the beautiful Walkerville area. Amazing weddings have been held here.
  • What a beautiful venue/location! Apparently it's also a Pokémon hot spot so check it out for all your wedding, celebration, and battling needs!
  • Beautiful home
Places to stay near Willistead Manor

Plan your trip to Windsor

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Willistead Manor by other users

60 days in Windsor BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Windsor BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: October, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Windsor BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Windsor BY A USER FROM CANADA June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Canada, Mexico, Central America, Asia & Europe BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS August, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Windsor BY A USER FROM CANADA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 7 days in Windsor BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Windsor BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Alberta & Windsor BY A USER FROM CANADA June, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in Ontario BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, relaxing, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: January, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Windsor BY A USER FROM CANADA May, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Ontario BY A USER FROM CANADA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans