Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society
- 1050 Joan Crescent
- Victoria, BC V8S 3L5
- Phone: 250.592.5323
Coal baron Robert Dunsmuir was the wealthiest man in British Columbia. He died in 1889, just months before his majestic Craigdarroch Castle was completed. He left his entire estate, including all of his business holdings, to his wife Joan, who lived in the Castle until her death in 1908. Their immense fortune is reflected in four floors of exquisite stained glass windows, intricate woodwork and lavish Victorian era furnishings. The Castle speaks of the lifestyles of the very rich at the end of the 19th century. Experience breathtaking views of Victoria, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains from high in the Castle's Tower.
LOCATION: 1050 Joan Crescent (just off Fort Street)
HOURS: Open daily for self-guided tours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30.
Extended hours June 15 - Labour Day: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: Adult: $13.95, Senior: $12.95, Student (19+ with ID): $8.95, Child (6-18): $5.00, Child (5 and under): no charge
DRIVE: An easy 8 minute drive from the Inner Harbour, up Fort Street, right on Joan Crescent - parking available.
TAXI: Fast and convenient
CITY BUS: From downtown, routes 11 and 14 will drop you off at the foot of Joan Crescent, a two minute walk to the Castle's doorstep.
WALKING: A 40-45 minute walk from the Inner Harbour, up Fort Street, along Antique Row and various interesting shops and sights.
CITY TOURS: Many companies offer city tours that include the Castle. Call the Tourism Victoria Information Centre (250) 953-2033 for current information.
Please note: As a historic house museum, there are 87 stairs, and with no ramps or elevator, the Castle is not wheelchair accessible.