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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...more
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1050 Joan Cres, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
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Reviewed 8 July 2008

This "castle" was within walking distance from the B&B I stayed at for the night and free to visit with the smartvisit card. So I made sure to walk over and wander through. Some of the rooms were well done with period artifacts, paintings, and...More

3  Thank wanderer05
Reviewed 2 January 2008

We kept reading about Victoria's Legendary Landmark Castle but we had been to Victoria many times and never made it there because we were walking and just didn't want to hike up the hill to get there. This time we had a shuttle bus at...More

6  Thank Karin1234
Reviewed 18 November 2007

I go to the Castle frequently, as a local. In reading previous reviews, I see that a lot of people bring their own biases and patriotism to their views. This is a "castle" in that Dunsmuir wanted to show off his wealth, therefore it classifies...More

14  Thank VictoriaGardener
Reviewed 31 August 2007

It is not the typical castle that first pops into mind. Glad we took the short drive to find this gem. It is absolutely amazing the workmanship and craftsmanship in this "house". There is still work being done but it does not hinder your experience....More

1  Thank I_Love_Grumpy
Reviewed 6 August 2007

We stopped at the Castle on our tour of Victoria. Be sure your party can walk a substantial distance. As the Castle is a National Heritage site, the buses are not allowed get close and so you must walk up a hill a couple of...More

5  Thank sue1426
Reviewed 24 April 2007

On a recent trip to Victoria I visited this Victorian Castle which I'd seen from the air many times but never visited. Being European by birth, and therefore quite used to historic buildings with inspiring architecture and magical stories, my expectations of a castle in...More

7  Thank ME13
Reviewed 17 January 2007

Craigdarroch Castle is a house made from dreams and pride. A wonderful building with tons of history and information about its builders, owners, and the family that originally lived there.

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Reviewed 15 October 2006

I visited the 'castle' on a whim and am I ever glad I did so. The staff, themselves members of the society dedicated to restoring this masterpiece, were wonderful and provided many anecdotes about the principal rooms. The house itself is the very embodiment of...More

5  Thank Laphoraigh
Reviewed 1 October 2006

Admittedly, the home is beautiful from the outside. However, know that it was only a home for a short period of time. After being a home it served as a college and military hospital--so there are rooms dedicated to the college and the time after...More

1  Thank new2vegas
Reviewed 19 May 2006

I am a lady, 60 years young, from Washington state.I have always loved history and dreamed of one day visiting a castle.This is as close as I can come without visiting Scotland.I was in awe every moment of my visit to Craigdarroch Castle.It is so...More

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Response from CastleToby | Property representative |
The movie plays every hour on the half hour (9:30, 10:30, 1130, etc) and runs about 35 mins.
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I never saw these questions before. So sorry. The play was brilliant.
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