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Reviewed September 12, 2011

It's hard to say whether or not it was worth it. For some who are into history it will be worth it and for those who can't go by something without being able to say they saw it. If you don't care much for history or for seeing things just for the sake of seeing them, then this is not the place for you.

Date of experience: September 2011
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

nestled at one of the highest parts of victoria,overlooking city and harbour,this was a great tour,it is a self tour ,you can purchase earphones to listen to each floor you visit or just read the history sheets. The tour was a good two hours to go through this victorian castle and grounds, which was spetacular, you are allowed to bring your camera and take photos, you are not allowed to touch anything,other than the magnificent staircase,which you must take through your route of the castle to see all, i think it was an art gallery as well as someones past home, from the beautiful wood work, carvings,paintings and ,my highlight was the stunning stained glass windows done by masters of their trade,each room we visited was a re enactment of everyday life of this very aristocratic family and how they lived, from rags to ritches,and their influence and importance to our own country in the then industrial revolution,great place to tour if your a history buff,art lover,garden lover. Not the greatest place to go for kids,(may bore them)no baby carriages allowed, can be difficult for seniors (a lot of stairs) but there are adult,senior,student and kids rates. well priced for what we experienced. Washrooms and a gift shop on site. The local transit bus($2.25) takes you within a small walk up a lane past a beautiful monestary and beautiful old homes
with a pretty wooded trail to explore (approx 7 mins walk) to the front entrance of the castle!

Enjoy!

Date of experience: August 2011
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Reviewed September 10, 2011

While visiting Victoria, decided to walk to this historic mansion on the hill. It was about a 25 minute walk from Inner Harbor ( taking it a bit slow, because it was a warm day), and mostly uphill. Walked through interesting commercial and residential districts ( interesting to see the neighborhood evolve). The "castle", really a Victorian mansion constructed by a magnate who, as displays in the home detail, went rags to riches to rags in only three generations. Beautiful woodwork throughout the home, and multi levels lead to a birdseye view of Victoria. A lot of stairs, but there are chairs on each level where you can rest, or pretend you are resting just to take in the surroundings. The displays are very informative and interesting, take time to read the panels in the unrestored room where students names are carved into the windowsill when it was university owned. Check out the restrooms as they are interesting too!

Date of experience: August 2011
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

If you've been to Europe, you've seen way better castles. I was most interested in the observatory/tower, and it was totally anticlimatic-- small and glass-enclosed. If you're short on time definitely go for Butchart Gardens and the BC museum over this.

Date of experience: August 2011
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

If I hadn't seen a flyer about this attraction, I would have never known that it existed. It was truly off the beaten trail as it was located in a residential neighborhood. Although buses (public & tour buses) can drop you within a few blocks, it can't drop you off in front of it because it is a residential neighborhood. As I walked from the bus stop (I took the "Hop on & hop off" tour bus), I was so shocked when I did suddenly see a castle! The history of the owner, his family and the actual estate is very interesting. About half of the castle has been restored and it is so gorgeous and true to the time. This attraction is totally worth the price of admission and I'd go again. Also it is a self guided tour, some docents are throughout the castle that can answer questions and give additional information. For $5 you can get an audio tour on MP3 player. I splurged for this and would recommend it. I just can't say enough about this great attraction! If you are without kids, I'd say allow a good hour to tour the castle. I think kids would enjoy it, but probably wouldn't last much longer than 30 minutes or so.

Date of experience: August 2011
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