Casa Loma
Historic Sites • Castles
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
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Neighborhood: South Hill
How to get there
  • Dupont • 6 min walk
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James W
Chester, UK21 contributions
Solo
As my title says, I had no idea what to expect of Casa Loma, I went as it was included on the CityPASS. Apart from looking where it was in the city, I went in blind!

The architecture is astounding, and is one of the most disgustingly opulent places I’ve ever seen! The history is really quite rich, and the story of the rise and fall of the owner, Henry Pallet is fascinating.

I really recommend using the free audio tour app and map to be guided around and hear the history of the many rooms/features (without the guide I imagine it’d be too easy to quickly get through the building without truly appreciating it).

The top of one of the towers can be accessed by a single, very narrow spiral staircase. It won’t be the easiest climb for anyone with any kind of accessibility issues. I must say as well that the view from the top of the tower wasn’t that remarkable, with views of the skyline from the islands being better.

For avid walkers it’s easily reachable from the city centre, though the last section is a slog as it’s perched on a hill.

For anyone with the CityPASS, it’s well worth visiting.
Written 25 September 2022
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travellingpixie
Adelaide, Australia230 contributions
Solo
I really enjoyed visiting! Easy to get to on the subway followed by a short uphill walk.
Gardens we’re nice and I really enjoyed the underground tunnels (they were setting up for Halloween so very spooky!) and climbing the two towers. Fun waxworks and exhibition on the movies filmed there.
Written 21 September 2022
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Julia G
1 contribution
Couples
My partner and I went to the symphony performance. It’s a beautiful setting with the gardens, the sunset and wonderful music. Someone at casa loma got their ticket to chairs ratio off, as most people did not have a seat and were either standing or sitting on the cold hard castle walls for 2 + hours. Not how I expected to spend the evening, especially as a pregnant woman.

Organizers of casa loma, please do something about this! For the time being I would recommend you skip the symphony and just book the steakhouse to coincide with the symphony start time, as you are able to sit outside on a terrace.
Written 13 September 2022
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Kaitlyn P
2 contributions
Couples
A truly well preserved building with a variety of things to do. I loved seeing the wax figures and the film history of the building. Definitely a wonderful time, a lot bigger than I expected!
Written 11 September 2022
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John M
Carlisle, UK42 contributions
Couples
As a heritage destination it’s a rip off. App guide failed repeatedly. Place is dirty, thick dust in lots of places. Garden spoiled by tacky features installed for events venue, events being set up disrupting the experience. Two different lots of music playing at same time. A great disappointment.
Written 9 September 2022
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Antonia
Ancaster, Canada695 contributions
Couples
This is my second time coming to Casa Loma. The first time I came, I was much younger. The tours are audio guides. You can use your phone for the tour or with a device they provide for you. You are able to tour at your own pace and choose which rooms you would like to see in any order you please. I enjoyed all the rooms I viewed. There were 3 floors, an outdoor garage area, underground tunnel, and you can even use the staircases to travel on their high towers outdoors to take in the scenic views from above. There is also an area for food and beverages on the lower level. I had the steak Philly sandwich, chicken fingers and fries and Caesar salad. Overall, everything tasted good. In the summer they also have an outdoor dining area called The Gardens that you have to book in advance and an indoor restaurant called the Blueblood Steakhouse. Next time, I would very much like to try the Gardens restaurant as their garden is very beautiful.
Written 8 September 2022
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where2nextbabe
Troy, MO583 contributions
Where to begin. First off, the place is huge. We expected to spend maybe an hour here, maybe. We ended up spending over 3 hours here. I will say, there is a lot of walking, stairs, and spiral stairs if you want to go up in the towers, which I suggest doing. Flip flops were not the best on the spiral metal stairs. The steps are small and narrow.

When you arrive at Casa Loma, get a map of the castle. We almost missed 2 big parts of the castle. The swimming pool and the underground tunnels. Again, lots of walking but so worth it. The house is 4 floors plus the basement. The first 3 are finished, the 4th get you to both towers. One tower you actually go outside. Great pictures and views from the top of the Castle that is on top of a hill. The other tower is enclosed, but so worth going up. Especially if you have kids or teens.

Also make sure to go outside and view the castle from the back, down by the water feature. You get the best picture of the outside and how enormous it really is from the back.

There is a restaurant on the lower lever with food and drinks. Food was actually pretty good and fairly reasonable. We didn't plan on eating here, but we ended up spending way more time than we had anticipated here and got hungry.

Bring a camera, they allow pictures. Each room has lots of details about who used the room and what it is used for. The history behind Casa Loma is fascinating. Try to catch the movie in the basement. We watched it last, I wished we would have watched it first. I think it was about 20 minuets long. It's worth watching!

We took an uber to get here and then walked to the subway to get back to Union Station. The subway station was about a 10 minuet walk from Casa Loma. We walked down hill. If you arrive by subway, then you have to walk up hill to the Castle. It is a steep hill. There is also a parking lot available at the Castle if you drive here. I think it was $15 to park but don't quote me on that.

We had no trouble getting in. No lines and we had purchased our tickets through Toronto City Pass. I highly suggest doing the city pass if you plan on doing 3 or more of the main attractions in Toronto. Well worth the money and no waiting in lines for tickets.

My husband and I are in our 50's and we took two family members who are both around 30. We ALL loved this place. It was actually the highlight of our vacation here in Toronto. If you love old house, or castles, this will not disappoint you. So much fun!! I would tell people that this is a must see if they are in Toronto!!
Written 29 August 2022
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Urvashi Kumar Trikha
Dubai, United Arab Emirates638 contributions
Family
In the beautiful modern Toronto Casa Loma takes you back in history through its tunnels and rooms. A well maintained site situated on a beautiful location. The downside is that it’s certainly not value for money and not disability friendly.
Written 29 August 2022
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Angela L
2 contributions
Couples
This is specifically a review of the Symphony at. Casa Loma, Monday evenings in the summer. Let me preface this by saying that I understand on a nice weather evening this could be a nicer experience. However, it was pouring rain while we were there and I didn't realize there is far far less seating than there is people in attendance. Not sure how many hours in advance you'd have to be there in order to actually get a seat, we were there an hour ahead and didn't stand a chance. Backup seating was inside the castle library where you could watch it on tv. Why you would go to see live music and then watch it on tv is beyond me. People were left wandering around not seeming to know what they were supposed to do. If it was a nice night I suppose it might be nice to walk around the gardens hearing music in the background, but being there in the rain, standing in a corner drinking a $10 drink and never even catching a glimpse of a symphony was not doing it for us. So disappointing.
Written 22 August 2022
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Evan B
1 contribution
Couples
Do not buy tickets to this event. Seating is not guaranteed and if it rains, neither is SRO

There is extremely small fine print telling you this but I’ll save you the trouble.
Written 22 August 2022
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