Craigdarroch Castle

1050 Joan Crescent St.
Victoria, BC V8S 3L5- Map It
(250) 592-5323
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Craigdarroch Castle is at 1050 Joan Crescent St. The sandstone mansion was built in the late 1880s for Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who attained wealth and fame through politics and coal mining. Dunsmuir died before the 39-room castle was completed. The building later served as a military hospital, a college and a music conservatory. Visitors can appreciate the castle's stained-glass windows, intricate woodwork, ceiling murals and Victorian furnishings. There are numerous staircases, but no elevators. A self-guiding tour includes four floors of the castle and an 87-step climb to the tower, which offers stunning views of Victoria, the strait and the Olympic Mountains. An audio tour also is available. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.
$13.95; $12.95 (ages 65+); $8.95 (ages 13-18 and students with ID); $5 (ages 6-12). Prices subject to change; phone ahead.
Hours: Daily 9-7, June 15-Sept. 6; 10-4:30, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1 and Dec. 25-26.