Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria: Hours, Address, Craigdarroch Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Craigdarroch Castle
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Castles
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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fgalbavy
Grand Cayman39 contributions
Castle in the middle of Victoria
May 2020
A Castle in the middle of Victoria. The grouds are wonderful, the history of the place is closely intertwined with the history of Vancouver Island itself. Well worth a visit, whether you take a guided tour or just take a relaxing stroll through the beautiful gorunds.
Written April 6, 2021
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Christine R
Victoria, Canada18 contributions
A must visit.
Dec. 2020
You will be blown away with a real castle in Victoria. I've brought friends here for their first visits over the years and they can't believe such a castle exists here.
Written February 5, 2021
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William C
Campbell River, Canada239 contributions
Well worth the visit
Jan. 2021 • Couples
An excellent presentation of the lives of the rich and famous over 100 years ago!! Well done and good Covid rules in place. Well worth the visit!
Written January 15, 2021
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gratefulfortravel
Nashville, TN100 contributions
fun family adventure
Jan. 2021
We came here around Halloween dressed up to have a fun memory during a tough year. We had a blast on our tour, walking around learning more about Victoria and the history of the castle. Beautiful!
Written January 15, 2021
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Bill2025
Surrey, Canada82 contributions
Mediocre
Dec. 2020 • Couples
Went there for the Christmas experience and didn’t get it. Due to Covid most of the staff have been laid off therefore the Christmas decorations and lights were very minimal.
Written December 27, 2020
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WesternGardener
Vancouver, Canada466 contributions
History Buffs Delight
Dec. 2020
Given the new reality, was pleased to book on-line for our time slot for our visit. I actually preferred doing so.

Parking available on site, and we made our way to their admission desk where adjusted 'rules' were explained to us. Had a bit of a wait which was pleasantly spent in their gift shop, to which we returned after our time in the Castle.

Having been to Victoria in the past, can't believe it took us this long to experience the jewel that is the Craigdarroch Castle. I would love to expound on the marvels that drew 'oohs' and 'aahs', but pictures say more than I ever could. The wood panelling and ceilings, the stained glass windows, and added Christmas tree for the season were absolutely amazing.

There are rooms that are still being added to; therefore, a reason to return on our next visit to the Island.
Written December 25, 2020
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PrincessFi88
Vancouver, Canada244 contributions
Great tour!
Nov. 2020 • Couples
I recommend doing the guided tour if you have the option. The guide was very knowledgeable and made the history really interesting. Great house and fascinating to see the various layers of history it’s lived through.
Written November 14, 2020
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Grant R
Burnaby, Canada22 contributions
Rented 5 rooms for a wedding at the castle
Oct. 2020 • Couples
This is the most charming place I have ever visited and I have traveled the world. I loved this place. If you have ever watched Newhart in the 80's this is it in the real. Just like living in a house from the 1800's. I didn't see no ghosts in the 3 nights I stayed but I sure tried. Coolest building with lots of creepy hallways and stairwells. Laundry room has weird doors you can open and look into that was creeeeeeeepy lol.
Just go stay there, so kool
Written November 11, 2020
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Liana
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Self Guided Tour
Oct. 2020
Reasonably priced for a Self walk through tour. Were told we would be informed of which staircase railing/s we could touch, however this did not happen. We were left to our own devices. Beautiful set up. A lot of reading, if you wish to know anything about anything you are seeing on the self guided walk through tour. It took us approx an hour to walk through the castle.
Written October 30, 2020
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mammatVancouver
Burnaby, Canada127 contributions
Where is the castle?
Oct. 2020
We booked our tickets online, printed the receipts but still had to line up inside the administration building, to get the actual tickets. We were about 14 people, and the building being an old one, was a bit difficult at times, to be able to social distance, due to the current health issues. The history was interesting, but it cannot be called a castle, as it is an old building, nothing more.
Written October 29, 2020
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