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Craigdarroch Castle

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Completed in 1890, Craigdarroch is a stately home built by the pioneering couple Robert and Joan Dunsmuir, who at the time of its construction were the wealthiest people in British Columbia. Called a 'castle' due to its imposing exterior, the...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1050 Joan Cres, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
+1 250-592-5323
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Reviewed today

A Castle with a lot of history, love and care. The movie tells you a lot about the family and it's history. Worth the visit but a bit expensive in the admission.

Thank blackiemokona
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We walked up Fort street from the harbour for a mile and reached this imposing building The history behind its development was fascinating. The rooms decorated and furnished as they would have been at the time of the Dunsmuir families residence were most interesting The...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

We took the walk out to the castle and did the audio tour. The place was lovely. It seems to be a work in progress. I'd like to see the historic society running the place gather a few more facts, as many of their explanations...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Very interesting histories of Dunsmuir family and other occupants throughout the years. Beautiful rooms and grounds

Thank wyomagpie
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I loved the castle, it’s history and the workmanship displayed. A must visit while in Victoria. The Dunsmuir family had this castle built in 1886-1890. The original owner was Robert Dunsmuir, himself of Scottish birth, having arrived with his wife from Scotland and amassing a...More

Thank Rhea F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We absolutely loved touring this castle! The family history was very interesting (my husband is now reading a book you can buy there about the family), and it was just amazing how they've preserved so much in the house. The woodwork is incredible, and it...More

Thank ALatOr5
Reviewed 1 week ago

This old mansion is full of antique furniture and it’s a beautifully preserved. It has the story of the people who built it as well as the story of when it became a military hospital. Volunteers are very knowledgeable and eager to share facts about...More

Thank Michelle R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just a great place to visit. Beautifully maintained.. You can definitely learn a lot about the history of the castle here. Great artifacts and experience. The views from the top floor is amazing!

Thank Danyelly1986
Reviewed 1 week ago

Here’s a tip, especially for those of you visiting Victoria in the evening on a cruise that docks after the hours posted on the castle’s site. You DO NOT have to buy the overpriced cruise tour excursion to visit this attraction. I called the castle...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This Castle is absolute incredible, be prepared for a lot of stairs there is no elevator. The wood work and museum like rooms are restored beautifully ,

Thank Brian S
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Fransiska L
June 14, 2018|
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Response from CastleToby | Property representative |
The movie plays every hour on the half hour (9:30, 10:30, 1130, etc) and runs about 35 mins.
November 19, 2017|
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Response from 007Laurie007 | Reviewed this property |
I never saw these questions before. So sorry. The play was brilliant.
Adrienne P
September 18, 2017|
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Response from tshep42 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not.