Visit Canada’s Legendary Craigdarroch Castle
Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria British Columbia’s “must see” attraction, is located a short drive or a leisurely walk from the downtown harbour. You’ll find us just off Fort Street at 1050 Joan Crescent, with parking available on site and along the street where indicated.
Open daily 10:00am – 4:30pm
June 15th to September 6th: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Closed December 25, 26 and January 1
Watch the video of our Christmas Flash Mob with the Oak Bay High School Jazz Choir:
Craigdarroch was built between 1887-1890 for Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal. This legendary Victorian mansion, built on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria, announced to the world that Robert Dunsmuir was the richest and most important man in Western Canada. He died in 1889, leaving his entire estate to his wife Joan, who lived in the Castle until her death in 1908. The immense fortune of the Dunsmuir family is reflected in the four floors of exquisite stained glass windows, intricate woodwork and fabulous Victorian-era furnishings. Read more >
Entering Craigdarroch Castle
Once you’ve entered the circular room at the main entrance and paid your admission fee, your self guided tour begins. You will be treated to 39 rooms, most of which are furnished lavishly in the 1890s-1900s period, so enjoy the ambiance as you climb the 87 stairs to the tower. There you’ll see fabulous views of Victoria, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Olympic Mountains.
With over 20,000 square feet of interior space, the house and gardens are being restored exactly as they were originally built offering a great vacation experience for individuals and families alike. If you have fifteen or more people you can make a group tour reservation and receive a discount on admission. Read more >
What Goes On At The Castle ?
Christmas is when Craigdarroch Castle really comes to life, shining from every corner with Christmas decorations illuminating the rooms and adding a little seasonal sparkle to delight everyone.
Decorating the Castle for the Christmas season takes many hours and involves a number of staff and volunteers.The end results are more than worth the effort and definitely worth a visit.
Get Involved at The Castle
As a registered charity, all donations are tax deductible according to the Canada Revenue Agency guidelines. As one of the few museums in Canada that receives no regular federal or provincial government funding, we count on our donors, members and admissions to support our important work. The Society gratefully acknowledges the City of Victoria for providing us with a permissive property tax exemption. Their contribution allows us to direct our money to the ongoing work in and around the Castle.
A gift to The Castle Society supports the ongoing preservation and helps us with the restoration and curatorial process. Past restoration projects include the 12-year process of removing 5 layers of institutional paint from the ceiling in the drawing room, and the recent restoration of the exterior grounds and south lawn. Future plans include work to the exterior of the castle including water-sealing the 2nd floor veranda.
Do you have information that might help with the restoration and interpretation of Craigdarroch Castle and surrounding grounds? Please have a look at the restoration page to see what we’re looking for and contact us if you think you can help. Read more >