Craigdarroch was built between 1887-1890 for Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal. This Victorian mansion, built on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria (Craigdarroch means "rocky, oak place" in Gaelic) 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.
Tours of Craigdarroch Castle are self-guided, so you can spend as much time as you want enjoying this National Historic Site. On average, a tour of the Dunsmuir family home takes 45 minutes to an hour and there are volunteers throughout to assist you during your visit. Flash photography is allowed and we even have I-Spy Tours of The Castle for children so they will enjoy the attraction as much as you!
As the Castle is a historic house museum, there are no ramps or elevators and it is not wheelchair accessible. It is an easy climb up the 87 stairs and there are chairs for your use on all four floors.
Open daily 10:00am – 4:30pm
June 15th to September 6th: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Closed December 25, 26 and January 1
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