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Review of Casa Loma

Casa Loma
Ranked #43 of 535 things to do in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Canada's majestic castle and Toronto’s premier historic attraction. In 1911, Sir Henry Pellatt engaged noted architect E.J. Lennox to help him realize a lifelong dream,the creation of an Edwardian castle on the top of a hill overlooking Toronto. It took 300 men nearly three years to complete the nearly to 200,000 square foot castle at a cost $3,500,000 (at the time). Situated on 5 acres, Casa Loma was the largest private residence in Canada. Sir Henry Pellatt with his wife Lady Mary enjoyed Casa Loma for less than ten years before financial misfortune forced him to abandon his home. The tour of the castle is self-guided. Visitors can experience the castle at their leisure with the aid of multimedia audio guides.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 29 April 2014

It was a bit of a trek from the part of Toronto we stayed in, but I'm glad we went! It was a beautiful sight to see and the self-guided tour inside was very interesting and informative.

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Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

I spent a few hours touring Casa Loma. They had a lot of staff on hand and were all friendly. They rent spaces out as they were setting up for some event.
I enjoyed the walk up to the tower. The movie they show of the history is not to be missed. It's on the 3rd floor.
Get the audio guide free with admission. Get it in the basement.
There is an on site cafe. The gardens were not open yet but recall from previous visits its worth going outside. The garden inside room is spectacular. Money was not spared. He and his wife lived the high life for many years. Seemed he spent much much more than he earned. It's a must see if your new to Toronto. I am a returning visitor. This maybe my 4th visit over 40 years

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We were entertaining out of town guest for the weekend and they were interested in visiting Casa Loma. We had a great visit, the place is very well maintained. We took the audio guide and followed the guided visit at our own pace. It was very informative and interesting. We had a fast lunch at the cafe and were quite impressed with the quality of the food they serve there. They had real well prepared salads and paninis. Very enjoyable visit.

1  Thank bellamuffin
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

I must admit we only went here because the weather was bad and we wanted to go somewhere inside but I actually quite liked it. We got the audio tour (which is free) and knowing nothing about Casa Loma, I found it all quite interesting. We didn't get to see all the rooms and there was some filming taking place at the time and the film crew were using some rooms. My 15 yr old son seemed a bit bored but then we found the turrets and and tunnels. He really enjoyed these.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

This place is very interesting. We got a great deal off of groupon and it was definitely worth it. We walk around the house with hand held audible and it took us a good 2.5 hrs. U can park in the neighborhood and walk to the mansion to avoid paying for parkin. It's a very beautiful home. The history of the house and home owners are very commendable, because he helps change toronto to how it is today.

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