Craigdarroch Castle – National Historic Site
Craigdarroch Castle was built by Scottish-born coal and shipping baron Robert Dunsmuir. Started in 1887 and perched high upon a hill, its construction was intended as a symbol of his success. Robert died before its completion in 1890 and today, this historic house museum offers a definitively Victorian experience to visitors.
Craigdarroch is a shining example of a “bonanza castle” — massive houses built for entrepreneurs who became wealthy during the industrial age. 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 and the museum is open year round for self-guided tours.
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Called a ‘castle’ due to its imposing exterior, the luxurious interior has been restored to look as though the visitor is a guest of Mrs. Dunsmuir during the 1890s. It features beautiful woodwork, unique Victorian artifacts, and an impressive collection of original stained glass, all within a pleasant walk from downtown Victoria.
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