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- 98%History Buffs
- 96%Family Travelers
- 96%Local Culture
- 74%Luxury Travelers
- 72%Business Travelers
- 72%Art & Design Lovers
Member Reviews (15)
- Craigdarroch Castle
- Craigdarroch Castle
- Craigdarroch CastleMay 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:
- Craigdarroch CastleMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 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.
- Craigdarroch CastleFirst to ReviewJul 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.