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Craigdarroch Castle

1050 Joan Cres, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
+1 250-592-5323
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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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1050 Joan Cres, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada
+1 250-592-5323
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The history surrounding this residence was riveting. Although there is no guided tour, there is enough staff that any questions are welcome. They are quite knowledgeable and easy to engage.

Thank Elaine B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The woodwork in this castle is amazing! The stained glass windows, paneled walls, solid banisters (smooth as glass!), & wood floors exhibit such excellent workmanship, I was really awed. This 4-storied mansion is beautifully restored (still under restoration) and lovingly cared for by a cadre...More

Thank chac45
Reviewed 1 week ago

we got off the cruise ship and decided to walk the supposedly 45 minutes to this attraction...was so worth the walk but the time wasn't like they suggested. we walked down from there to the beach we had walked 6 miles that day

Thank Sherry P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful old castle in the middle of city. My favourite time as resident is Christmas. So lovely; decorated in the era!

Thank JuliaandRocky
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a City Bus tour that included the tour of the castle. We had an hour to look around. I love history and found the SELF GUIDED tour interesting and full of information from the time it was built to the transformation from home...More

Thank Peggy P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wandered up on a whim and took a look through the castle. It had some really great information about the castle and was entirely self guided so you could stop to read everything or just wander through skimming things. Give yourself a few hours...More

Thank TheMedicTraveller
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see castle whilst in Victoria. Craigdarroch Castle has been painstakingly restored including stained glass windows, historic furniture and authentic room settings. The attention to detail is evident throughout the castle and you cannot help but admire the restoration that has taken place.

Thank Gil_Lyona
Reviewed 1 week ago

Craigdarroch is such an important part of Victoria's history. We have enjoyed it at Christmastime, at various theatrical shows and for Spring Break camps,as well as in its original guise as an historical site. The staff are always professional, friendly and well informed. Our most...More

Thank MartiniMum
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a nice stop on our trip. They have restored the house nicely and the history of the family that built is is rather interesting to learn about. It was nice to be on a self-guided tour throughout the property and take our time...More

Thank Becca O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our visit was at dusk and a great opportunity to enjoy the outside views in the early evening light. As we ventured inside, the guide seemed a bit regimented, but as we toured the building in a reasonably large group, that regimentation made sense. Beautiful...More

Thank keithbU5208CQ
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Adrienne P
18 September 2017|
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Response from tshep42 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not.
3 June 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
Randy S
20 February 2017|
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Response from Kate H | Property representative |
Casual photography, including flash, is indeed permitted inside the Castle, though tripods and selfie sticks are not. This does not include any formal photography- ie/ posed wedding, engagement photos which causes problems... More