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Take a short walk from downtown Victoria and discover Craigdarroch Castle, an important part of British Columbia history, on this 1-hour self-guided tour. This Victorian-era architectural jewel was built for Robert Dunsmuir, BC’s wealthiest man in the early 1900s. At your own pace, admire the stained and leaded glass windows, elaborate woodwork and Victorian décor.


  • 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 July 2016

Very interesting history great sense of life of this family

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Silvia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It's an easy walk up Fort Street to the castle. Then there's 4 floors with stairs no elevator so there's lots of walking. Beautiful castle that has been well maintained. It takes about an hour or so to go through and the docent is very knowledgeable and can answer any questions you have.

Louise S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A highly recommended self guided tour. Beautifully restored rooms give a real sense of life in turn of the century Victoria's high society. Spectacular stained glass windows in almost every room.

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The house is beautiful and the docents are the most informative and friendliest we have ever come across. They will spend as little or as much time as you want talking about the house, the history of the family, and their favorite items. Well worth the time and money to see this treasure from Canada's industrial rich!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Friendly, informative and overall enjoyable experience. A must see!

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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

Daniel J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

It was great!! We really enjoyed the Castle.

Alyssa E

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

It was beautiful! Make sure that you plan enough time to see it when you go. We went as our 2nd stop from our 1st excursion and decided to walk back to our cruise ship. It was a little far on a hot day. But was pretty cool to way to see Victoria on the walk back.

dawn b

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

Beautiful place but not really a castle more of a mansion

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