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When your ship docks in downtown Victoria, explore 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 richest man in the early 1900s. Discover the stately interior at a pace that suits you, and 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 extravagance
  • Admire impressive woodwork and a large stained glass collection
  • Self-guided tour allows you to explore at your own pace
  • Located close to the Victoria cruise ship port (5-min taxi ride/30-min walk)

What You Can Expect

Victoria Shore Excursion: Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle

When you’re in port in Victoria, be sure to visit the famous Craigdarroch Castle, a premiere cultural and architectural attraction in Victoria, British Columbia. The lavish Victorian home was built in the early 1900s for the wealthiest man in British Columbia, Robert Dunsmuir, who owned several coal mines, railroads and even an entire fleet of ships! The mansion features superb woodwork, Victorian furnishings and one of the finest collections of stained and leaded glass windows in the US.

Tragically, Dunsmuir passed away before the home was finished. After his wife’s death in 1908, everything inside the castle was sold and the property was divided. Since then, the castle has served as a military hospital, a college, a series of school board offices, a music academy and, finally, a museum.

Explore the castle at your own pace on a self-guided, 1-hour tour. This excursion is located within a 30-minute walk (5-min taxi drive) from the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Victoria. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

Customer Reviews

Stacey D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

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