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Craigdarroch Castle

1050 Joan Cres, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
+1 250-592-5323
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Victoria City Sightseeing Tour with Craigdarroch Castle
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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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  • Average9%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1050 Joan Cres, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

This is one of only a couple castles in North America. It looms over the city. It is a huge h,omen. It was built during the .1800s. It is national historic site and a treasure. It's great place o To visit. One gets to see...More

Thank Peter J
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Reviewed yesterday

We walked from downtown and weren't sure what to expect, but we were so pleased! A beautifully restored mansion, rich in history. The kids had a great time and we can't wait to go back with the grandparents. History buffs (and Downton Abbey fans) will...More

Thank J-DawgO8
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Driving up the drive way your eyes get to feast upon the castle in all its glory. Its not a castle in what you might encounter in other countries but it is a little gem. Walking in through the doors you take a step back...More

Thank Delma-fay S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Castle was amazing. The stained glass alone is worth the visit. It gives you insight into the early days of Victoria and the haves and have nots. The castle was built by a Coal Barron. The story of his rise to prominence is fascinating...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Family tour price available. We thoroughly enjoyed this self guided tour with our teenagers. Great knowledge staff you can talk to and well documented history of craigdarrorch castle.

Thank Michelle P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you wish to have a peak into how the old money of Victoria used to live, this is the place to visit. The story behind the building is fascinating.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Still within walking distance from downtown, you have to visit the Craigdarroch Castle. Once turned into a school now back to a castle, you can enjoy the beauty of all the amazing woodwork!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like historical buildings and period furnishings, this is a great place to check out. We loved it and so did our three year old. They have a scavenger hunt for the little ones that she enjoyed, and the adults will love just exploring...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really neat history and beautiful castle. We walked from town and also stopped by the grounds at the Government house. Worth seeing in my opinion.

Thank Betsy H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The best part of the recent changes to the Castle is that the entrance and gift shop are now housed separately, eliminating the congestion at the entrance. Bring good walking shoes so you can climb all the flights of stairs to take in the unparalleled...More

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IAMACANUCK
November 19, 2017|
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Response from Jeff M | Reviewed this property |
We were not there for that.
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Adrienne P
September 19, 2017|
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Response from tshep42 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not.
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jordanschutz
June 3, 2017|
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Response from Kate H | Property representative |
Hi, and thanks for your inquiry! Because the tour is self-guided, you can take as long as you want. We generally recommend a minimum of 1 hour for a visit, though many visitors will take quite a lot more time than that... More
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