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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
Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1050 Joan Cres, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
All reviews dunsmuir family self guided tour coal baron robert dunsmuir military hospital beautiful woodwork family history four floors period pieces interesting history stained glass victorian era piece of history step back in time own pace answer questions gift shop
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
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
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
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
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
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