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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 and an iPad tour also are available.

Picnicking is permitted.

$14.60; $13.60 (ages 65+); $9.50 (ages 13-18 and students with ID); $5.10 (ages 6-12). Prices may vary; phone ahead.
Daily 9-7, June 15-Sept. 6; 10-4:30, rest of year. Allow 1 hour minimum.
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