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“Beautifully restored”

Craigdarroch Castle
Ranked #14 of 139 things to do in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Completed in 1890, Craigdarroch is a stately home built by the pioneering couple Robert and Joan Dunsmuir, who at the time of its construction were the wealthiest people in British Columbia. Called a 'castle' due to its imposing exterior, the luxurious interior has been restored to look as though the visitor is a guest of Mrs. Dunsmuir during the 1890s. It features beautiful woodwork, unique Victorian artifacts, and an impressive collection of original stained glass, all within a pleasant walk from downtown Victoria.
Reviewed 22 June 2018

Most of the home has been restored, and the guide pamphlet is very helpful, along with some information panels inside. There is a lot to see, so I would allow at least an hour inside. Using the guide pamphlet, you can do the tour on your own. It is about a 30 minute from downtown, which is fine if you are in good shape, otherwise take a taxi or the bus,

Thank David C
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

The castle is a unique and interesting piece of local history that is just incredible. The walk through was very informative and had lots of gems to see. This is a great newer addition to the sights to see and it should be recognized that it is a work-in-progress. There are several rooms (like the kitchen) that are still being restored. This does take some of the charm from the self-tour, but I'm confident they will get there in the future. I would have like to have a more formal tour as there were several times we heard tidbits from the conservators about the small things that add to the learning to be had (billiards was a ladies game?)
Overall a good visit that I'm sure will improve over time.

Thank Ccp619
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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

This is a stunning old castle which has been sympathetically renovated almost back to original style. Very sad story behind the family and the lack of foresight by the government of the time to look after this beauty.

Thank Deborah W
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Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. Spent 2 hours learning about the history of the home and the original family. Recommended.

Thank Valueandfun
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

Interesting look at what the ridiculously wealthy 150 years ago spent their money on. Worth the visit at least once if you are in Victoria, but don't miss Butchart Gardens and Beacon Hill Park too.

Thank Charles L
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