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Craigdarroch Castle

1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, BC, Canada

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4.5 out of 5
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  • Craigdarroch Castle
    Paul H
    5 Mar 17, 2014

    LOVE GOING HERE ESPECIALLY DURING XMAS OR REALLY ANY TIME OF THE YEAR, HISTORY OF VICTORIA AND ALSO THE WAY THE REALLY RICH USE TO SPEND THERE MONEY AND LIVE, ALSO THE SURROUNDING AREA IS GREAT TO ALSO EXPLORE THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

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    Fernando R
    5 May 04, 2013

    Ranked #11 of 79 attractions in Victoria by Tripadvisor. Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria British Columbia’s “must see” attraction, is located a short drive or a leisurely walk from the downtown harbour. http://www.thecastle.ca/

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  • Craigdarroch Castle
    Steve & Trish
    5 May 04, 2013

    While we don't agree with the "Castle" designation, Craigdarroch is truly a fine and grand old mansion, filled with history and charm. Many movies have been filmed here, including Little Women.
    Definitely worth the 30 minute walk from the Horizon Suite, we suggest taking the Fairfield Road, Cook Street, Rockland Avenue route to get there. You can stop in at Government House while you're en route, it's where the Queen Stays when she visits our city.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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  • Craigdarroch CastlePro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Gayle and i walked out to Craigdarroch Castle during our last day in Victoria. It's a pleasant stroll from Downtown and as a bonus, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is on the way. We also stayed off busy Fort Street and toured the residential neighbourhoods and viewed some beautiful homes going both ways.

    What do you if you're Coal Baron Robert Dunsmuir and you've now clawed your way to the top? You and your socially ambitious spouse build a "Castle" to show those other other poor sods what you're worth! Things haven't changed that much since the late 19th Century have they?

    Craigdarroch would be a small mansion by today's standards, but this 4-story, 39 room Highland-style Castle on the highlands above Oak Bay remains a stunner. There are also distinct stone turrets and room filled with opulent Victorian splendor. That includes detailed woodwork, Persian carpets, stain glass windows, paintings, and sculptures. During its construction, no skilled craftsmen or materials expense was spared. Unfortunately, old Robert died a year before his work was completed and the Castle changed hands and upkeep several times..

    It's an easy thing for this tourist to look at the glossy brochures and dismiss the prospect of visiting as just another tourist trap. In this case, I'm very happy that Gayle talked me into taking a look. Not counting the walk, you can easily see the Castle in an hour. It's also a good feeling to support the hard working nonprofit organization that keeps this place looking sharp.

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    Nverstop
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Some of the castle was still under reconstruction but it was still worth the price of admission.

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  • Craigdarroch Castle
    cebuchik032
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Another must see attraction when visiting Victoria BC. Make plans to visit twice, during the day to tour the interior & evening to bask in its majestic beauty.

    On our first visit to Victoria, we did the day tour & we were told to come back in the evening to see this view, well we run out of time. So on the 2nd visit we made sure to go back and here it is.

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    Robert
    5 Jun 04, 2013
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    Adrienne Oelrich
    5 Sep 20, 2012

    this is a must see at night

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    belu5
    5 Aug 06, 2012
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    Ankur Gupta
    4 May 20, 2012
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