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Craigdarroch Castle

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“dunsmuir family”(114 reviews)
“self guided tour”(190 reviews)
“coal baron”(61 reviews)
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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1050 Joan Cres, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
+1 250-592-5323
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Reviewed yesterday

I enjoyed the history of the castle and the rise of a simple Scottish family to wealth through the coal industry. It is worthwhile to have a guide for the castle (they have volunteers to show you around) and give you the fascinating history of...More

Thank jmw812
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Pleasant visit. Interesting to see how people lived a hundred years ago. If you have nothing else to do, have a gander

Thank viking_princess007
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely historical period home. Amazing leadlight windows and ornate timber panelling and furniture. Better than we initially expected.

Thank Rose D
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was the fifth time that my wife has been to the castle.They are always making changes to it.We used the Hop on and Hop Off bus to tour it and the rest of the sites in Victoria.

Thank gooilersLeduc
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We planned to see this castle during our day in Victoria. Well worth it! Very well done and the employees were helpful answering questions. We did the hop on, hop off, to get there. There isn’t anything else near there so while waiting for the...More

Thank Jodyboz
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a beautiful place. There is lots to see and read about the history of the house and the family that built it. Very interesting. There is some parking on site...but not alot. Took about an hour to finish. The kids were a bit...More

Thank jilc2012
Reviewed 4 days ago

I LOVED IT.. Take your time and really see everything.. The story is very interesting. LOTSA STAIRS.. But worth it. They do have places to sit, just make sure it's not on an antique.

Thank Judy D
Reviewed 5 days ago

It is a beautiful house with superb wood paneling! This all had to be done by hand in a much different time than our day of automation. The skills of the men who built this mansion is on display in every panel of beautiful grain...More

Thank cityslickerman
Reviewed 6 days ago

Recommended by family. This is an incredible residence with much history and fashionation. Quite impressive to see a family in that era living such a lavish lifestyle indeed

Thank Brenda M
Reviewed 6 days ago

By UK standards this is a modern house! The architecture is interesting as is all the furniture and bits on display. The family history makes th tour worth while.

Thank Nick E
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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.