Craigdarroch Castle is a beautiful historic Victorian-era mansion, built in the 1890s by wealthy BC coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. It is now owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society and almost totally funded by its 150,000 annual visitors.
To tour the Castle, you enter through the old coach entrance, pay your admission fee, clean your shoes and are then provided with a floor map, family history and introduction as to how to proceed. Tours are self-guided, so you can stop where you want. It should take you 45 minutes to an hour to tour through the Castle. It is an easy climb up the 87 stairs, stopping on all of the four floors to tour the various rooms and then to the Tower for a panoramic view of Victoria, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the snow capped Olympic Mountains. There are volunteer docents (information providers) available throughout the Castle. If you have any questions, ask someone with a badge and they will be happy to assist you.
Rising 87 stairs up through the 4 1/2 stories, there are 39 rooms, most of which are furnished lavishly in the 1890s–1900s period. With over 20,000 square feet of space, the house and gardens are being restored exactly as they were originally built, and you will find artisans working on restorations most days. Step back in time and experience the life and times of the very rich and famous.
1050 Joan Crescent (off Fort Street)
Victoria, BC, Canada V8S 3L5
Phone (250) 592-5323
Open Daily for self guided tours
10am -5pm (last Admision 4:30pm)
Extended hours June 15 through Labour Day
9am to 7:30 pm (last admission 7pm)
Student: $8.95 13+ with valid ID
Child Ages 6-12: $5.00
Children 5 and under: free