Admission to Craigdarroch Castle
Craigdarroch Castle historic house museum is located just off Fort Street at 1050 Joan Crescent in Victoria, British Columbia.
Open daily 10:00am – 4:30pm (including statutory holidays)
Extended hours from June 15th to September 6th 9:00am – 7:00pm
We are closed December 25, 26 and January 1.
For Rates and tour details click here.
We are only a short drive or a leisurely walk from Victoria’s inner harbour and any of our travel partners can assist you in getting to the Castle. You can also make your way here by taking the #11 or #14 city bus and getting off at Joan Crescent or by taking one of the many city tours that include Craigdarroch Castle in their packages.
Once at the Castle you enter through the coach entrance to pay your admission fee. One of the fun parts of a tour is our automatic shoe cleaner, which you will be asked to use before entering the main hall as it helps preserve the carpet and floors of this magnificent home. You are then provided with a floor map, family history and an introduction as to how to proceed through this historic attraction.
We’ve also added a new audio tour that is accessed through one of our mp3 players or on your phone or tablet via WiFi. We’ve added a link at left on every page as an example of what you can expect so be sure to ask for it when you arrive!
To help make your visit more enjoyable we offer our floor maps in seven languages so please ask if you require something other than English. There is a complete list at the main entrance and on the self-guided tour page. As you experience the lifestyle of the very wealthy you are welcome to stop and rest on any of the numerous visitor’s chairs throughout the Castle. On average, a tour of this National Historic Site takes 45 minutes to an hour and flash photography is allowed. There is a lot of information on the Dunsmuir Family saga so stay as long as you like. It’s an easy climb up the 87 stairs, stopping on all four floors to enjoy the various rooms and then up to the Tower for a panoramic view of Victoria, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the snow capped Olympic Mountains.
Our friendly volunteers are stationed throughout the Castle to provide information and answer questions so ask someone with a badge and they will be happy to assist you. When you’re finished take time to browse the Museum Gift Shop and relax in the Castle grounds before moving on to your next destination. If you need a taxi just ask, someone in the shop will be happy to call one for you.
See our photo gallery
Not wheelchair accessible
Please remember that as Craigdarroch Castle is a historic house museum so there are no ramps or elevators and it is not wheelchair accessible.