While in port in Victoria, venture back in time with a tour of a true Victorian-era gem: the Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia. Now an important piece of British Columbia history, the castle was originally built for BC's richest man in the early 1900s, and boasts impressive Victorian furnishing, a large collection of stained and leaded glass windows and intricate woodwork. Only a short walk or taxi drive from the Victoria cruise ship port, the Craigdarroch Castle self-guided tour is a highlight that shouldn't be missed!
When you’re in port in Victoria, be sure to visit the famous Craigdarroch Castle, a premiere cultural and architectural attraction in Victoria, British Columbia. The lavish Victorian home was built in the early 1900s for the wealthiest man in British Columbia, Robert Dunsmuir, who owned several coal mines, railroads and even an entire fleet of ships! The mansion features superb woodwork, Victorian furnishings and one of the finest collections of stained and leaded glass windows in the US.Tragically, Dunsmuir passed away before the home was finished. After his wife’s death in 1908, everything inside the castle was sold and the property was divided. Since then, the castle has served as a military hospital, a college, a series of school board offices, a music academy and, finally, a museum. Explore the castle at your own pace on a self-guided, 1-hour tour. This excursion is located within a 30-minute walk (5-min taxi drive) from the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Victoria. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.