Dundurn Castle
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Experience a guided tour of this 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830's on Burlington Heights; the former site of a fortified military encampment established by the British in 1813.
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LimabeanWCM
Shepherdstown, WV4 contributions
Nov. 2022 • Family
We did not take the tour of the castle, but spent time walking around a the grounds and enjoying the spectacular view of the lake.
Easy to find and good parking.
Written November 27, 2022
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Bruce B
Toronto, Canada27 contributions
Nov. 2022
Wonderful local history in a magnificent estate brought to life by our excellent interpretive guide. Many thanks Scott for such a knowledgeable and fun tour of the mansion.
Written November 10, 2022
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raybyerley
Mandeville, LA3,279 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Couples
We were driving to Toronto from Niagara Falls and needed an interesting activity to break up the drive. My wife found this and we got on a tour with Thiona, who did a great job guiding us and passing on historical info.

I attached various pictures of entry signs, front of the Chateau, and several rooms inside.

We also went through the military museum inna separate building on the property that was self guided and interesting too.
Written October 19, 2022
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Thank you for your review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the time you spent here.
Written November 8, 2022
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VEDIC Veritas
6 contributions
May 2022
We spent an entire afternoon at this "castle" and highly reccomend the tour and visiting the gift shop.
Written October 11, 2022
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Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit here.
Written November 8, 2022
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laura
Hamilton, Canada1 contribution
Aug. 2022
This is the gem of Hamilton museum sites and well worth 2-3 hours.
Firstly, book a guided tour of Dundurn Castle on line. It is an easy to navigate site and fairly priced. If time allows, choose a tour time that allows you to arrive up to 1 hr earlier and stay 1 hr later to take in all this site has to offer.

Located less than 10 minutes outside of downtown Hamilton by car, there was lots of parking. We suggest walking the grounds to take in the impressive garden and beautiful views overlooking the Bay before heading to the small gift shop to meet your guide at tour time.

Our group of all ages of adults greatly enjoyed our interpreter Mike, who expertly lead us in discovering the history and cultural significance of the site and the Castle. Mike guides in both the home and the kitchen, so also you may encounter him near the end of the tour at the stove. He is worth seeking out and made our day. The Castle tour takes 1 hr 15 min with 2 flights of stairs.

Mike was in costume and was warm and pleasant, with a nice sense of humor. He offered an amazing wealth of detailed information and answered thoroughly even the most obscure questions. He expertly brought to life the era with many stories of the day to day household members lives, family members and workers alike. We saw school age children who were well engaged with this approach. We appreciated that Mike tailored his interpretation to our all-adult group and expanded on the local, regional and global social and political context to MacNab's personal history to enable our understanding of how he contributed to the history of Hamilton and Canada. The garden's produce features in the working kitchen and this is the highlight of the tour. Mike had entertaining tales to share that brought this heart of the home to life. The provided recipe was a nice touch and the seasonal workshops offered here would make a fun day trip. Thank you again to our awesome guide Mike!

If time allows after the Castle tour, the on site Military Museum is also excellent and included in your ticket price. Or you can come back another day with your same ticket to this self guided tour with interpreter available for questions.
Written August 21, 2022
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Thank you so much for your review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the time you spent here!
Written November 8, 2022
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Princerman
Otsego, MN861 contributions
Aug. 2022
Our family really liked Dundurn Castle. My daughters like anything with the word "castle" in it. I was fascinated by the technology in the place for how old it is. It's a neat place. The tour guide made all the difference here. She was knowledgable.
Written August 17, 2022
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Thank you for your response. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit here!
Written August 19, 2022
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GeorgeR
Peterborough33 contributions
Aug. 2022
We enjoyed the one-hour tour very much. Much more informative having a guide than if we'd just walked around ourselves. Wish we had a little more time though. One hour is pretty fast to see it all. I understand having a guide for security and crowd management amongst the incredible items on display. Our tour guide "Erica" was excellent! Really is a spectacular castle.
Written August 17, 2022
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Thank you for your response. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour. Each tour guide gives a slightly different tour, so please consider coming back for another tour to give yourselves some more time inside to see and hear different things than this experience.
Written August 19, 2022
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Shari L
Rockwood, Canada203 contributions
Jun. 2022
Thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour through his historic home. Scott, our guide, was wonderful. Definitely something to see and we will go back to visit the property again for sure.
Written July 1, 2022
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Thank you for your response. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience here and we look forward to hosting you again in the future!
Written July 5, 2022
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Jessica S
159 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Family
This was a great stop! The grounds are beautiful at the castle but you can also go just a bit further along the waterfront and walk at Bayview Park as a joint activity. Loved it.
Written June 29, 2022
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Thank you for your response. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit here!
Written July 5, 2022
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baroom
Mississauga, Canada2,050 contributions
May 2022
This was our first stop during Doors Open Hamilton on Sat, May 7th. A bunch of clear directional signs along York Blvd guaranteed a no-miss turn to this historic site. Parking is free and we easily found a spot. We were off to a good start until we saw a sign that said online tickets to Dundurn Castle were already sold out. Another sign invited visitors to go and see the kitchen garden and Hamilton Military Museum which were both open to the public. I was dismayed to find out that advanced tour tickets were actually required to a Doors Open event--the Doors Open website made no mention of this--to think that we drove almost 50kms to get here. Obviously we were not the only ones caught off guard on Doors Open day. The costumed staff standing at the courtyard had to tell a stream of visitors that tickets are gone and they cannot go inside Dundurn Castle at all.

Our planned visit was not a complete disaster though because there were still stuff to see outside. From the courtyard, we explored the grounds. First, the short maple walk to the cliff lookout which has a view of Burlington Bay and the train tracks below. We did not linger here as it was really windy and cold (about 8C) that morning. We then headed to the kitchen garden which was still in the planting stage--there were even tarp covers on some beds--so a little boring at the time. From the kitchen garden, we had a look inside what turned out to be the cockpit arena which the staff described as more of a folly--just something to enhance the view--rather than a functional structure. Afterwards, we headed to the south lawn, right in front of the property. The best spot for a panoramic shot of Dundurn Castle seems to be just outside the front door of Hamilton Military Museum, which was our next stop.
Written May 31, 2022
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Thank you for your response. We are sorry to hear that you were not able to go inside Dundurn Castle but we are very happy to hear that you were able to enjoy the rest of the grounds.
Written July 5, 2022
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