Craigdarroch Castle

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

Craigdarroch Castle
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Castles
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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
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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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Maria F
Toronto, Canada24 contributions
We didn't know what to expect but we were so enthralled with this mansion...castle is a stretch. The rooms are beautiful and the wood paneling, stained glass and Limoges tiled floors are spectacular.
Written July 13, 2022
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Tony D
Livingston, UK250 contributions
Built in the late 1800s by Robert Dunsmuir the richest man in Western Canada, reputedly at a cost of C$500,000. Sadly he died before it was completed. having been through several owners an uses, it has been preserved as a historical museum since 1979.

It is a fascinating insight into life for the wealthy at the end of 1800s and start of 1900s.
Written June 23, 2022
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Shannon
Airdrie43 contributions
Solo
Beautiful stained glass. Not many of the items in the castle actually belonged to the family that lived there. Don't bring your kids, they don't respect things like this and disrupt the experience for others. Would have been better to have the viewings staged with groups of 6 max, and staggered, rather than a free for all.
Written May 22, 2022
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sco m
Vancouver, Canada6 contributions
Friends
Very informative and "self guided" tour was enjoyable. Very friendly vounteer staff, easy parking (we did go on a weekday).
Written May 21, 2022
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edwin f
Richmond Hill, Canada660 contributions
This is the place for people interested in old mansion and local history. The most beautiful parts are the hallway and staircase.

There are about 5 rooms decorated. They are fenced, so you cannot get very close. It is also a bit too dark inside to see things clearly. I question how many pieces of furnitures are the original ones, since this house had been sold and repurposed long before.

Other rooms look old and worn. Some empty rooms are used to display the history of the original owner family (quite interesting).

You can also go up the tower and view the surrounding from the balcony.
Written May 19, 2022
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Jim B
Grapeview, WA1,222 contributions
Couples
It was interesting to visit and learn the history of the castle, the surrounding area, and the family that built it. It was fun to see the early pictures of the castle sitting out in the open and compare with the neighborhood surrounding it today. Also interesting to learn about the many uses of it in the years since the original family lived in it. However, a bit sad to learn about the family that built it and the sad stories of many of their lives.
Written April 25, 2022
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soulefultraveler
Sun City West, AZ1,868 contributions
We had a visit of the castle as part of an excursion from a cruise ship. Definitely worthwhile. I thought an hour would be way too much time to visit the relatively small place, but there were so many interesting write ups about the family that built the place and subsequent landlords, that we used every second of time. Fascinating to see the way of life at the beginning of the last century.
Written April 14, 2022
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Justin C
Alberta, Canada181 contributions
My wife, teenage son and I spent ~90 minutes at this Canadian Heritage Site. We had Lived in the Comox Valley for 5 years previously, so it was interesting to visit the home of the family who made their fortunes on the Island.

The exterior stonework and interior woodwork is quite something to behold. The nonprofit is doing some interesting work restoring the original character of the home, as well as provide snapshots of the other roles that the Castle served for Victoria over the 20th century (Hospital, College). I don't think I'll visit again, but it was well worth the visit to see this piece of Canadian history.
Written February 21, 2022
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LetsGo
32 contributions
Family
Very cool to see. I loved the neighborhood and the drive to get here. We really enjoyed wondering around and we bought a few books at the gift shop. I recommend coming to check it out even if you do not go inside
Written February 15, 2022
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Sarah G
Victoria, Canada32 contributions
Very beautiful house with a lot of history. The workers are really nice and the grounds are beautiful.
Written December 6, 2021
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