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Craigdarroch Castle

1050 Joan Cres, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
+1 250-592-5323
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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 luxurious interior has been restored to look as though the visitor is a guest of Mrs. Dunsmuir during the 1890s. It features beautiful woodwork, unique Victorian artifacts, and an impressive collection of original stained glass, all within a pleasant walk from downtown Victoria.
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1050 Joan Cres, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
+1 250-592-5323
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This castle is so neat, totally had the attention of my 11&16 year old girls. We were there about 1.5 hrs. The staff were very knowledgeable and loved to talk to us about the castles history. Parking is free. A great low key activity.

Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Big ole house that resembles a castle in many ways. A great way to spend a couple hours. Impressive wood paneling with stained glass windows everywhere.

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was such an interesting place to visit and tour. The guides were very informative and didn’t overpower you with facts and dates. Beautifully restored and well worth a visit but don’t take tiny tots as some areas are so old that they wont stand...More

Thank lynr371
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just and amazing piece of history. The story behind the castle is both impressive and tragic for the family who built it. The architecture alone, is amazing considering the time in which it was constructed. The story of the castles life and its many reincarnation,...More

Thank MindyMoo62
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easy to find piece of history! Gorgeous architecture. Interesting even to our teenagers. Worth the time to see.

Thank BWitch
Reviewed 1 week ago

一人でバンクーバーに行ってきました。到着した翌日でまだ現地の交通にも 慣れないのにフェリーに乗って遠出し、ビクトリアに観光に行ってきました。 バンクーバーを出たのが朝7時頃でしたが、色々乗り換えを間違って 遠回りしてしまい、到着したのは午後。議会などの建物を見ながら散策しつつ、 既に雨が振り始めて気温も寒くなり、途中で服を買うなど色々運が悪かったですが、 一度行ってみたかったお城にようやく辿り着くことができました。 入り口はドアが閉まっていたので最初入れるのかな?と思いましたが、 お土産物屋が裏手で営業していたので入れることを確認し、 再度表側に周り入り口のドアを開けて入りました。 内部は非常に素晴らしく、建物は塔も入れて5階建てで 非常に多くの豪華な家具や調度品が飾られており、 更に当時の服を着た首なしの執事やメイドのマネキンが置いてあるなど 少しホラーに感じるところがあったためつい某ゲームを思い出しましたが、 寝室やバスルームなど生活に必要な部屋が多数配置されているところが 実際に人がここで生活していたのがリアルに感じられました。 こういう西洋風のお城を訪れるのは初めてだったので他の有名な城に比べると 規模は小さいかもしれませんが、個人的には非常に満足しています。 どういうわけか障子のような家具や小さな観音像が置かれていたのが、 所有者と日本とのつながりが感じられて非常に興味深かったです。 I went to Vancouver by myself. On next day when I arrived that city, I had yet to get used to using transporting systems, I tried...More

Thank Keith-Gull
Reviewed 1 week ago

We all enjoyed roaming this elegant home, experiencing the history and lives of the builders Robert and Joan Dunsmuir. What stunning woodwork and stained glass. Fun to walk through at our own pace and imagine their lives.

Thank SaraSpoonda
Reviewed 1 week ago

I think it is worth a visit. The building is pretty nice outside and inside. Volunteers attending visitors are very friendly.

Thank Raul H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place where you learn a lot about the history. Beautiful location. Lots of stairs so be careful if you have trouble walking. Also, our teens were so bored, it was definitely not a place I would bring active teens again.

Thank 220teresak
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking for something to do on a rainy Victoria afternoon, and after a bit of research we came across Craigdarroch Castle. What a beautiful old home, so well restored and maintained. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and also very friendly! The period furniture...More

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19 November 2017|
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Response from Jeff M | Reviewed this property |
We were not there for that.
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18 September 2017|
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Definitely not.
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Response from Kate H | Property representative |
Hi, and thanks for your inquiry! Because the tour is self-guided, you can take as long as you want. We generally recommend a minimum of 1 hour for a visit, though many visitors will take quite a lot more time than that... More