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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 2 October 2018 via mobile

We weren’t sure what to expect with this tour - the castle seems small from the outside but there is so much to see inside! Worth the tour!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ciaramw7
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Did a tour of downtown and the castle. If your on the cruise ship and arriving at night, the downtown tour kind of sucks... But the castle was cool. Amazing the level of detail and craftsmanship on this.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Craig M
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Very interesting place to visit in Victoria. The Castle has many interesting points and rooms to view and you can watch a 20 minute presentation on the history of the family that owned the castle.

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We went to great tour of the castle and the city the castle is very nice and well done but be ready to do some walking and go up and down stairs but it well worth it .

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank rlhouser01
Reviewed 1 October 2018

I had a general idea of what this attraction was about, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn there were so many interesting facets of this house: it was used as a hospital and a university, as well as the Dunsmuir residence. The volunteer-run historical...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 October 2018

Really enjoyed the castle. Nice freedom to walk around all the rooms, excellent tour. In a beautiful neighborhood to walk around as well, near the Government House and Christ Cathedral. Both are not to miss.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 30 September 2018

Visited the ‘castle’ as part of hop on hop off bus tour. An interesting building, home and history. Was not intentially built as a castle, but given this description due to turrets and roof line design. Many rooms decorated in the time it was built...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

It is a museum with history of the Dunsmuir family and old time in Canada. Restoration is in progress. I have not been to many castles but this one is definitely well maintained & preserved. Also, the staff members are friendly & passionate - at...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CeliaL863
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

We visited the castle as a part of our bus tour. It is a beautiful place with many stained glass windows and woodwork throughout. There were people to explain about the history of the castle as well as vintage pictures throughout the building.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LAP08
Reviewed 29 September 2018

This is a spectacular old mansion. Definitely worth seeing. The volunteers inside loved telling us information on the history etc.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Fransiska L
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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.
19 November 2017|
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Response from 007Laurie007 | Reviewed this property |
I never saw these questions before. So sorry. The play was brilliant.
Adrienne P
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Response from tshep42 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not.