Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria

#3 of 105 in Historic Sites in British Columbia
Castle · Architectural Building
Travel back in time as you wander the lavish wood-paneled halls and rooms of Craigdarroch Castle, the former home of wealthy Victorian coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. Learn of the exploits of the privileged family of two sons and eight daughters, and witness the illustrious living arrangements and artifacts afforded by the patriarch’s industrial-era success as an entrepreneur. Consider making use of the available audio guide while perusing the rooms, to paint a clearer picture of life at the estate. For Craigdarroch Castle and beyond, use our Victoria online tour itinerary planner to get the most from your Victoria vacation.
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  • A Castle in the middle of Victoria. The grouds are wonderful, the history of the place is closely intertwined with the history of Vancouver Island itself. Well worth a visit, whether you take a...  more »
  • You will be blown away with a real castle in Victoria. I've brought friends here for their first visits over the years and they can't believe such a castle exists here.  more »
  • Loved the place. Such a dainty small castle in the heart of the city, was a welcome sight. The history came alive through the pictures, costumes, furniture etc. Some of the rooms are still not done renovating. The Christmas decorations made the place even more beautiful. Worth visiting !
  • Craigdarroch is a complete, well-maintained example of Victorian-era construction and furnishing. It has a good mix of information on the history of the house and grounds and surrounding area but also beautiful furnishings that provides one a sense of what it must have been like to live in the home. But the staff make the visit especially memorable. They are genuinely attentive and friendly, easily sharing interesting information not only about the house and its history but about the surrounding area. It was from one the staff that we a recommendation for the Parliamentary Dining Room, which was superlative.
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