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“Medievel Magic”
Review of Casa Loma

Casa Loma
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Ranked #16 of 515 things to do in Toronto
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Canada's majestic castle and Toronto’s premier historic attraction. In 1911, Sir Henry Pellatt engaged noted architect E.J. Lennox to help him realize a lifelong dream,the creation of an Edwardian castle on the top of a hill overlooking Toronto. It took 300 men nearly three years to complete the nearly to 200,000 square foot castle at a cost $3,500,000 (at the time). Situated on 5 acres, Casa Loma was the largest private residence in Canada. Sir Henry Pellatt with his wife Lady Mary enjoyed Casa Loma for less than ten years before financial misfortune forced him to abandon his home. The tour of the castle is self-guided. Visitors can experience the castle at their leisure with the aid of multimedia audio guides.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Medievel Magic”
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Toured the castle right at opening on a snowy, March Break Monday. Painstakingly restored to reflect a different time in Toronto history. As an American visiting the city for the first time, we bought a city pass and Casa Loma was our first stop. Loved learning about life and history of this time period and reveling in the architecture of the building. The Queen's Own Rifle museum on the top floor was an unexpected treat!

Allow 2 hours to fully experience the magnificence of this city treasure. We parked in the lot for the day, very reasonably priced for the city, then caught the subway a few blocks from the castle. Spent the day exploring/sightseeing in Toronto before returning via subway to retrieve our car.

Visited March 2017
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Windsor, Canada
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Trip back in time!”
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed roaming the castle,especially going up to the tower and viewing the city! Beautifully maintained in as close to original as they can keep it. Loved it!

Visited March 2017
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Super Interesting”
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

We visited the Casa Loma not looking for that much. We took the subway, and it was maybe 5-10 minutes away from the station. The castle itself is really beautiful, and the interior is filled with information about the castle's history and previous owner. There was also an aerialist show that day, which was very enjoyable to watch. Overall a surprisingly fun experience

Visited March 2017
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Thornhill, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great if you're Canadian, unimpressive if from Europe.”
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This is not an actual Castle, which, for an Englishwoman, is quite disappointing. I was distinctly underwhelmed by the whole experience, as there is no real history to this place. It is, however, beautifully presented and decorated, with a lovely atmosphere. Strangely positioned in the middle of a housing estate though, which no real castle would be, I wouldn't recommend it unless you are quite desperate to see something a bit different in Toronto - sorry!

Visited August 2016
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Montreal, Canada
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“So pricey!”
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Architecture- 5 stars
Value-3 stars

We were in Toronto at Spring Break time and the rates of admission actually went up a few bucks per person. I had an Attractions Ontario coupon and with that, the bill for 2 adults, one youth and one student was close to $90. That's steep! I get that it may cost a lot to maintain this property, but the cost of admission is hard to justify. In the main hall, it was quite unpleasant because of the cold. The front door is set immediately next to the ticket booth and is super inefficiently set up. Door was almost always open and the whole entrance was freezing. Rooms were nicely set up and the pool was made into a theatre that played the story of Casa Loma and was very interesting. On thing that really irritated me was the smell of fried food that was present throughout the whole house. I guess the basement restaurant has a bad ventilation system. If you can afford to go, it is interesting.

Visited March 2017
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