Craigdarroch Castle & More Tour: This 2.5 hour guided tour, starting in March, has a 1 hour stop at the Craigdarroch Castle. Built in 1904, the Castle is a National Historic Site and a beautiful piece of Victoria’s history. This tour features live driver narration and free Wi-fi. This tour includes many incredible stops and amenities.
Craigdarroch Castle is a definitively Victorian experience. It is a shining example of a “bonanza castle” — massive houses built for entrepreneurs who became wealthy during the industrial age. In this case, the industrialist was Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal. This legendary Victorian mansion, built between 1887 and 1890 on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria, 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. Note: The castle is not wheelchair accessible, due to the magnificent 87 step staircase.
Meeting/pick-up point: Complimentary hotel pickups from select hotels.
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Medical restrictions: Walking and stairs involved, not suitable for people with mobility issues.
Included: Live driver narration and free Wi-Fi.