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Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria: 22 reviews and 44 photos
Craigdarroch Castle was built between 1887 and 1890 for the family of Robert Dunsmuir, a wealthy citizen who had made his fortune in coal. Dunsmuir himself died before the mansion was completed but his widow, Joan, moved in and took over the family business. At the time of his death in 1889, Dunsmuir's estate was valued at US$15-20 million.
There are 39 rooms in this 4-floor Victorian mansion, most of which are open to the public and furnished with Victorian-style furniture that did not, for the most part, belong to the Dunsmuir family. After the family moved out, Craigdarroch Castle served as a hospital for war veterans, a college (students' graffitis can still be seen in the billiard room), a school board office and a conservatory of music before becoming a museum in 1979.
The tours are self-guided, though volunteers are usually around to give you some information. There are 87 steps to climb and the house is not wheelchair accessible. Admission rate is $11.75.
Address: 1050 Joan Crescent
Directions: A 20-25 minute walk down Fort Street, from downtown Victoria.
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