4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

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  • Location: Victoria, Canada
  • Duration:  Flexible
Step back in time with a visit to a true Victorian-era gem -- the Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia. The castle is a key piece of British Columbia history, and was built for BC's wealthiest man in the early 1900s. Explore the castle at your own pace and admire the Victorian furnishing, a large collection of stained and leaded glass windows and impressive woodwork. Only a short walk from downtown Victoria, this is a highlight that shouldn't be missed!


  • Admission to Victoria's famous Craigdarroch Castle
  • Visit one of the finest examples of Victorian-era elegance
  • Admire the exquisite woodwork and a large stained glass collection
  • Self-guided tour allows you to explore at your own pace

What You Can Expect

Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria

Craigdarroch Castle

While in Victoria, make sure to visit the famous Craigdarroch Castle -- the premiere heritage and architectural attraction in Victoria, British Columbia. The castle was built as a lavish Victorian home for the wealthiest man in British Columbia in the early 1900s, Robert Dunsmuir, who owned coal mines, railroads and an entire fleet of ships! The mansion features exquisite woodwork, Victorian furnishings and one of the finest residential collections of stained and leaded glass windows in North America.

Tragically, Mr. Dunsmuir passed away before the home’s completion, and only his wife, Joan, and some of their children and grandchildren ever actually lived in the home. After Joan’s death in 1908, the entire contents of the Castle were sold at an auction and the property was subdivided. The castle subsequently served as a military hospital, a college, school board offices, a music school and finally as a historic museum. 

Explore the castle on a self-guided tour that takes approximately one hour.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Beautiful home and well worth seeing. The history about the home is very interesting!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

It was great!! We really enjoyed the Castle.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

The castle was really cool to look at. There was so much history in it and it's amazing to hear all the different ways it was used.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

Grand old house in process of being restore. Got to take lots of pictures and learned a lot of history about the house

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Very interesting Victorian castle, beautiful restoration in progress. The stained glass windows were magnificent. Very elegant life style if you were the upper class.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

A short walk from central Victoria to this splendid house, well worth the visit.

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