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Craigdarroch Castle Pedicab Tour
"Craigdarroch Castle is an old Scottish baronial castle that sits atop Victoria's highest point. Built in the late 1880's for a wealthy coal baron this castle displays the opulence of the late Victorian age. The castle is perched next to the Lt. Governor's grounds where Queen Elizabeth has stayed during her visits to Victoria. The stunningly remarkable gardens offer mountain views a Japanese garden Rhododendrons a classic English rose garden and a myriad of West Coast garden scenes. You will also visit Victoria's oldest and largest churches. The route passes by several character homes offering guests a taste of Victoria's charm. This tour is seasonal and only operates from February through to November."""
From CAD108.00
 
Victoria Grand City Private Tour and Craigdarroch Castle
"Travel in a private 10-passenger van as you explore Victoria known for its historical venues and scenic landscapes. Your 1.5-hour tour starts with pickup from your Victoria-based hotel or lodging. After meeting your driver and guide you will make your way to the downtown core near Victoria's inner harbour. Visit the Royal British Columbia Museum which features artifacts galleries and collections of British Columbia's natural modern and human history. Afterwards
From CAD168.00
 
2-Hour Luxury City Tour of Victoria
"You'll start out by visiting Fisherman's Wharf a local house boat community. From there make your way in the inner harbour to view the Parliament Buildings as well as the famous Empress Hotel. You'll then pass through the historical shopping district downtown as you make your way to Canada's oldest Chinatown.Afterwards drive through the heritage community of James Bay to see the Emily Carr House the famous childhood home of local Canadian painter Emily Carr. Then journey through the Beacon Hill Park to visit some local Peacocks and view the world's tallest Totem Pole. Pass through the Lieutenant Governor's Estate and Mansion and then head toward pass through the beautiful Oak Bay Village and stop at the Oak Bay Marina to visit some local harbor seals. Afterwards
From CAD220.00

Craigdarroch Castle Tips (22)

Craigdarroch Castle

As soon as we said we were going to Victoria, everyone who had ever been there told us we had to go to Butchart Gardens, but we did not. The reason for this was that I found so many things I wanted to...
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IreneMcKay
Apr 18, 2015

Living Large, 1890s style

Plutocrat's mansion, smack dab in the center of the residential district of Victoria. 20,000 square feet, with 39 rooms. Built for Sir Robert Dunsmuir, a rail and coal magnate.The mansion was one of...
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yooperprof
Sep 28, 2012

Lots of Stairs, Views of Victoria's Victorian Past

Construction of the Craigdarroch Castle started with the Duinsmuir, who was an early railway baron on Vancouver Island. He never lived to see his home completed, and his family eventually lost the...
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glabah
Jan 31, 2011

Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle is impressive in its own right but the man behind it and his somewhat eccentric family made it far more interesting than we had anticipated. The Victorian-era Châteauesque mansion...
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richiecdisc
Nov 22, 2009

Craigdarroch Castle

I loved this castle. Owned by Robert Dunsmuir, an employee of Hudson's Bay Company whom was the wealthiest and most influential man in BC. This castle has been used as: Craighdaroch Military Hospital,...
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cinthya_in_victoria
May 09, 2008

One of the highlights of Victoria

Short side trip away from Victoria's main streets.Checking out the castle was interesting and at the same time educational on history of Victoria, British Columbia and big shots at that time. The...
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olgaehr
Jan 07, 2008

Victoria's "bonanza" castle

Craigdarroch Castle was built between 1887 and 1890 for the family of Robert Dunsmuir, a wealthy citizen who had made his fortune in coal. Dunsmuir himself died before the mansion was completed but...
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Jefie
Jul 08, 2007

Scottish affluence at its finest

First things first - if you're expecting a real medieval castle, you're on the wrong continent. But if you like architecture, old world mansions, interesting stories about the generations of a...
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Carmanah
Jun 29, 2007

Craigdarroch Castle

The castle was completed in 1890, and it was the highest place a person could stand in the city of Victoria. It was built by the wealthiest man of BC, Robert Dinsmuir. R. Dinsmuir was born in Scotland...
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Karolina01
Feb 21, 2007

Since 1890, historical place!

I was there for a special event, the reception dedicated to the Castle’s illustrators' exhibition.It was quite fascinating to see the art works of well known artists of Greater Victoria area.Though...
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Minka007
Sep 02, 2006

Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle is actually a giant mansion which was constructed in the 1890s as a residence for the family of wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. The 4 1/2 story, 39-room Highland-style castle...
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Blatherwick
Apr 03, 2006

Awesome!

Maybe it's just a typical little girl's fantasy to visit a castle, but I really liked the Craig Darroch Castle! It isn't that big, but it's very interesting to see. There was a piano in it and you...
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Quartzy
Mar 15, 2006
 
 
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Things to Do Near Craigdarroch Castle

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Government House

Government House and Gardens are located in the Rocklands area of Victoria. This area has many stunning houses and beautiful gardens. Government House is the official residence of the Lieutenant...
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Ross Bay Cemetery

After visiting Government House and gardens we walked to Ross Bay Cemetery. (That bus pass was really coming in handy at this stage, though we did use it later.) Ross Bay Cemetery is a historic...
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Chinatown

Victoria's Chinatown has the distinction of being the oldest Chinatown in Canada. It is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco. Victoria's Chinatown grew up to house the many Chinese...
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Abkhazi Gardens

I loved the Abkhazi Gardens because they were so beautiful, but I also loved the story. When you stand here, you know you are standing in the happiest part of two people's lives. The Abkhazi Gardens...
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Helmcken House

Helmcken House is near the Royal BC Museum. Helmcken House is an old wooden house that was the home of Dr John Sebastian Helmcken. He was the first doctor to work for the Hudson Bay Company in...
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Miniature World

It is located next to the Empress hotel. According to its brochure, its highlights are the world's largest dollhouse and the world's longest model railroad. Other exhibits include miniature scenes of...
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Getting to Craigdarroch Castle

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1050 Joan Crescent

Hours

  • Sunday 10:00 to 16:30
  • Monday 10:00 to 16:30
  • Tuesday 10:00 to 16:30
  • Wednesday 10:00 to 16:30
  • Thursday 10:00 to 16:30
  • Friday 10:00 to 16:30
  • Saturday 10:00 to 16:30

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