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Review of Casa Loma

Casa Loma
Ranked #44 of 536 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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Went there with my family (wife, 7 year old and 13 year old) and they loved it. There was some acrobatics happening in the main hall when we went and they were very good. We explored the entire castle and the kids especially loved climbing the tower. The walk under the streets to the stable was pretty interesting but there wasn't a lot of pay off at the end. The cost was reasonable and I would recommend visiting it at least once.

Thank Alan M
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

I have never thought of Canada as a country with castles. And yet it seems they have quite a few there. Casa Loma, right outside of Toronto's downtown (easily accessible by subway), is a place to visit. Visitors from Europe may not find it very fascinating as it resembles what is very common on the Old Continent. On top of that the building was erected in early 20th century, what for European standards does not qualify as old. But this is Canada - and the fact that they have a castle was incredible in itself. Be prepapared for a 2-3 hour visit with a lot of walking. Take the audio guide with you - you will hear a lot of interesting facts about Casa Loma. Take a moment and stroll in the garden - it's beautiful, especially in summer. If you have never been to Europe before, this might give you a sense of what to expect when you arrive. Take comfortable shoes. :-)

Thank Michalovy
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

My son and I visited Casa Loma on the weekend and had an enjoyable time. Once again you can save 20% by downloading a free coupon from Attraction Ontario.

We went early in the morning (10am) and there was no crowd at all.

Son (15 years old) enjoyed the tunnel, the antique car display and climbing up to the top of the castle top.

For those taking public transit and exiting at DuPont, be aware there there are over 150 steps to climb to reach the Castle.

Plan to spend between 3-4 hours.

Warning - Eat before you go, a can of pop and a bottle of water was close to $7 dollars.

3  Thank travelfromCANADA
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

We didn't expect much but when we arrived there we were totally surprised by the offer of this fairy-tail castle. The head phone tour is quite impressive as we noticed that Casa Loma had a special purpose on WW2 and how many movies where produced there. We had a blast and were lucky that we decided to go for it.

2  Thank C M
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

We decided to go first to Casa Loma and found their all day parking lot handy to leave our car to catch the double-decker sight-seeing bus since it was one of their stops.

The house is beautiful on the outside but due to the original owner having to auction the contents, only a portion of the rooms have been decorated.

The tour is conducted by audio devices and you visit at your own speed. When we were there, there were large groups of children who were well behaved but noisy and thus it was sometimes hard to hear our audio devices.

Thank rocky0424
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