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Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria

Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria (must see)

Craigdarroch Castle is a historic, Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion that was designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to its landmark status in Victoria.

Craigdarroch Castle has 39 rooms and over 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2). It was constructed in the 1890s as a family residence for the wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and his wife Joan. Robert died in April 1889, more than a year before construction on the castle was completed. The initial architect of the castle, Warren Heywood Williams, also died before completion of the castle.

Craigdarroch Castle is believed to have cost as much as $500,000 when it was built. When originally constructed Craigdarroch stood in grounds comprising 27 acres (110,000 m2) of formal gardens in Victoria's Rockland neighbourhood. Upon the death of Robert Dunsmuir's widow, Joan, the Craigdarroch estate was sold to land speculator Griffith Hughes for $38,000 who subdivided the estate into buildings lots.

The Castle is currently owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society, which is a private non-profit society and is open to the public. The castle is a tourist attraction and receives 150,000 visitors a year.

Why You Should Visit:
Very unique place for western Canada. There is a self-guided tour, but the young volunteers stationed around the various rooms are also very helpful.
If you enjoy anything exquisitely Victorian-era or are a fan of wooden craftsmanship then this is a must.

Tip:
To fully appreciate the castle, you will need to be fit enough to walk up the staircases (no elevator) to the different sections from the restored bedrooms to the upstairs ballroom.
Make sure you go to the top turret and admire the views!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-4:30pm; Jun 15 - Sep 6: 9am-7pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Craigdarroch Castle on Map

Sight Name: Craigdarroch Castle
Sight Location: Victoria, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Victoria, British Columbia

Create Your Own Walk in Victoria

Create Your Own Walk in Victoria

Creating your own self-guided walk in Victoria is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Architectural Jewels Walking Tour

Architectural Jewels Walking Tour

Victoria is among the most British of cities in North America. It is famous for its green areas and beautiful gardens and parks. There are some outstanding architectural structures that you can visit too. In the tour that follows, take a look at some of the most visited architectural sites in Victoria.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Best Museums and Art Galleries

Best Museums and Art Galleries

Victoria has some of the most interesting and fascinating museums dedicated to history, nature and arts. It is also a city with the most amazing and interesting art galleries, featuring art work from different times and places. Take the walking tour below to see some of the most famous art galleries in Victoria.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Victoria's Historical Churches Tour

Victoria's Historical Churches Tour

Victoria located in British Columbia has a rich history and interesting people to tell it. It also has some outstanding religious sights. We offer, below, a tour that will take you through some of the most interesting religious places in Victoria.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Victoria Introduction Walk

Victoria Introduction Walk

Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is a popular tourist destination in large part for its marvelous Victorian architecture, such as the stately Craigdarroch Castle mansion, museums, galleries and other attractions attesting to the city's British colonial past and more. Follow this orientation walk to see some of Victoria's main tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles