Victoria Craigdarroch Castle Excursion Reviews
Victoria was a quaint town with a lot to see and do. If you're a history buff a tour of Craigdarroch Castle is worthwhile. The grounds are lovely and the castle well maintained providing a window to the past.
Our final port was a brief, 4.5 hour, stop in Victoria, Canada. Not having obtained much information on Victoria in advance, we chose to book the Craigdarroch Castle and City Highlights tour through the ship. Victoria is an absolutely gorgeous town and I would have loved to have had at least a full day there. Our tour guide was Chris, and you could tell he truly enjoyed sharing his city with us. The castle, built in 1890, is a magnificent 25,572 square feet, with 4 floors and 17 fireplaces. Youre completely on your own to walk through all 4 floors of exquisite stained glass, intricate woodwork and lavish Victorian-era furnishings. Chris then drove us through the city, pointing out highlights and stopping to allow photographs. When the tour was over there was not enough time to go into town on our own (it was also nearly 11:00pm, so nothing much would have been open anyhow).
For those who love old houses with great architecture and colorful histories, the castle tour is a must. Note that there is a lot of walking and climbing of a steep street, so one should be reasonably fit. The city part of the tour pointed out the places of interest, but we didn't have a whole lot of time to explore since we were in port for only a few hours.
This mansion is lovely but is still in progress with the restoration. Lovely to visit though and I don't regret it at all. I do wish that they mentioned the walk up hill to get to it from the bus. They do mention the 87 steps in the house but neglect to mention the 2 blocks uphill. It's a self guided tour once you get off the bus so you have a lot of reading to do. There are people in the 'castle' that can answer questions. No gift shop at this venue.