Plan Your Visit - Craigdarroch Castle

Welcome to Canada’s Castle

Make Your Visit Memorable

With 39 rooms and over 20,000 square feet of interior space, Craigdarroch Castle is the perfect vacation (or staycation!) experience for everyone. You’ll find us just off Fort Street at 1050 Joan Crescent just a short drive or leisurely walk from Victoria’s inner harbour.

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(As of January 2015)

Adults  $14.25

Seniors  $13.25

Students  $9.25 (13+ with Valid ID)

Children  $5.00 (6-12)

*Children 5 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

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Greater Victoria Public Library cardholders can now visit one of Canada’s most treasured historical sites for free just by borrowing a Craigdarroch Castle ePass from the library. The pass provides free general admission to Craigdarroch Castle for two adults and two youth (ages 6-18), and children under five are free. Passes are valid for seven days and can be redeemed for a single visit. For detail please follow the link to the GVPL website.

Hours of Operation

We are open daily from 10am – 4:30pm, with extended hours from June 15th to September 6th (9am – 7pm).

(Please note that we are closed December 25th, 26th and January 1st)

Group Tours

With advance notice and minimum group size of 15 (10 for student groups), we provide a reduced admission rate. Group tours also receive an enhanced self-guided tour that allows everyone to take full advantage of all the Castle has to offer at their own pace.

Group Admission Rates

(as of January 2015)

Group Adult/Senior  15 or more adults or seniors $11.00

Group Student  Age 13-18 or mature student with ID $5.40
(10 or more students must be accompanied by escorts)

Group Child  Ages 6-12,  $3.85
(10 or more Children must be accompanied by escorts)

Child 5 and under
Free if part of another group*

*Pre-school groups pay $3.65 / child or $5.00 for Christmas tours.

For more information, or to book your tour,  phone 250.592.5323 extension 34 or contact us below.

Pleased to Meet You

Our friendly volunteers are stationed throughout the Castle. Have a questions? Just ask someone with a badge and they will be happy to assist you.


Please remember that Craigdarroch Castle is a historic house museum and, as such,  there are no ramps or elevators and it is not wheelchair accessible.

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Audio Tours

Enhance your visit with an audio tour narrated by our curator. Available at the front desk.

Listen to a sample here.


Kids will have fun searching amongst the Castle’s treasures.


Artifact Manual

Get the latest version of our Artifact Manual to learn even more about the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society’s extensive collection.


Meet the Dunsmuirs

Robert and Joan Dunsmuir had two sons, eight daughters and plenty of exploits. The Castle weaves a fascinating tale of this intriguing family – their achievements, their relationships and even their quirks.

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About the Castle

Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria and now a National Historic Site, Craigdarroch Castle has been meticulously restored, giving visitors a glimpse of privileged life in the 1890s.

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Plan Your Visit

We are open daily from 10am – 4:30pm, with extended hours from June 15th to September 6th (9am – 7pm). (Please note that we are closed December 25th, 26th and January 1st)

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