Point Ellice House, Victoria

4.2
Step into the daily life of an upper-class Victorian family with a visit to Point Ellice House. The house belonged to Irish immigrant Peter O'Reilly, one of the first Gold Commissioners and judges in British Columbia. The middle-class family frequently invited visitors for breakfast, lunch, and tea, and today you can still take lunch or tea at the house. The O'Reillys moved in in 1867; more than 100 years later their descendants sold the house to the province and left all their personal belongings behind. Tour the collection of Victorian items, and then take part in the family's favorite pastime of tea and cakes on the lawn overlooking the water. To visit Point Ellice House and get the most from your holiday in Victoria, create itinerary details personal to you using our Victoria online trip planner .
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  • I have been to this house many times . it is set up from the "hay days" of the family that lived there and you can do the guided tour with the "Chinese servants" speaking about what life was like. " ....  more »
  • Where is the high tea everyone mentioned? We didn’t see anything of the sort and didn’t think to ask while we were there. I hate to say it....and the irony is not lost on me, but the house is so run d...  more »
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  • For history enthusiasts! For locals and tourists! For fans of Victorian epoch! For anyone who’s fascinated by interior design! This place is a hidden gem! It’s so worth visiting! Pictures from the phone don’t do any justice to this stunning place! Staff is beyond amazing! They literally walked extra mile for us today. Guide was so lovely and extremely knowledgeable. Price is more than reasonable. Find the time to check this place! For high tea reservations are needed! Would love to come back!
  • Terribly disappointed with the afternoon tea. It used to be great now it’s a rip off. The food was excellent but terribly expensive for the very small quantity and it was served in the entrance/info area. It used to be outside on the lawn with real tea in hand made covering. There would be butterflies and kids would run around a play crickets the service was then done by ladies in nice period dresses. Now it’s outside catering and it’s served in the entrance. Not the same at all. I didn’t bother to revisit the house afterwards. For the price of the tea one would think they could complimentary include the house tour but no it doesn’t… The whole point was to be in the Victorian gardens having tea. There is not point doing tea in a generic tourist attraction entrance. Sad to see this once very nice tea in the garden having gone wrong.
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