Victoria Craigdarroch Castle Excursion Reviews

This beautiful Victoria-era mansion makes for a lovely visit.
Tour guide was knowledgeable and informative.
Sail Date: September 2018
Tour guide was knowledgeable and informative. Castle staff were very helpful. Interesting and I would recommend, however; Butchart Gardens is the premier excursion. We took that excursion on an earlier cruise. Castle was good as a ... Read More
Tour guide was knowledgeable and informative. Castle staff were very helpful. Interesting and I would recommend, however; Butchart Gardens is the premier excursion. We took that excursion on an earlier cruise. Castle was good as a secondary trip. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Our driver was friendly and informative of Victoria, He pointed out important & interesting sites ...
Sail Date: September 2018
Our driver was friendly and informative of Victoria, He pointed out important & interesting sites and had stories about the entire island
Our driver was friendly and informative of Victoria, He pointed out important & interesting sites and had stories about the entire island Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Neat castle self guided tour.
Sail Date: August 2018
Neat castle self guided tour.
Neat castle self guided tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We booked this last minute through the cruise.
Sail Date: August 2018
We booked this last minute through the cruise. I wish I had internet on the Ship and could have known they charged DOUBLE the advertised price of the excursion. The bus tour was excellent and the scenery lovely. The castle was beautiful ... Read More
We booked this last minute through the cruise. I wish I had internet on the Ship and could have known they charged DOUBLE the advertised price of the excursion. The bus tour was excellent and the scenery lovely. The castle was beautiful and we loved the gift shop as it had unique things unlike all the other ports where all the shops sell the same thing with a different name printed on it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Not all of the castle was restored, many rooms were closed off.
Sail Date: July 2018
Not all of the castle was restored, many rooms were closed off. What we saw was beautiful. Definitely quite a walk uphill, If you have a hard time walking uphill, I strongly recommend taking a taxi, which will drop you off at the front ... Read More
Not all of the castle was restored, many rooms were closed off. What we saw was beautiful. Definitely quite a walk uphill, If you have a hard time walking uphill, I strongly recommend taking a taxi, which will drop you off at the front door. Several elderly people in our group had a very hard time. (buses drop off at the bottom of a steep hill) Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The castle is the house of a very wealthy coal baron.
Sail Date: June 2018
The castle is the house of a very wealthy coal baron. Well laid out with period settings and was well-organized. We enjoyed it. be prepared to climb five stories of stairs for the full tour. Very interesting.
The castle is the house of a very wealthy coal baron. Well laid out with period settings and was well-organized. We enjoyed it. be prepared to climb five stories of stairs for the full tour. Very interesting. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Not enough time at the Castle!
Sail Date: June 2018
Not enough time at the Castle! The bus has to park too far from the castle. At our age, we were already tired before we got to the castle.
Not enough time at the Castle! The bus has to park too far from the castle. At our age, we were already tired before we got to the castle. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Our guide, Mike, was fantastic.
Sail Date: May 2018
Our guide, Mike, was fantastic. If you've seen castles in Europe (as we have) this one is a huge disappointment.
Our guide, Mike, was fantastic. If you've seen castles in Europe (as we have) this one is a huge disappointment. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It was a beautiful castle.
Sail Date: May 2018
It was a beautiful castle. Wish we could have spent more time in Victoria so we could shop and explore the city after our tour.
It was a beautiful castle. Wish we could have spent more time in Victoria so we could shop and explore the city after our tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Not exactly a castle, but a beautiful building architecturally with astounding opulence (for its ...
Sail Date: May 2018
Not exactly a castle, but a beautiful building architecturally with astounding opulence (for its period) inside.
Not exactly a castle, but a beautiful building architecturally with astounding opulence (for its period) inside. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Was a fantastic tour.
Sail Date: April 2018
Was a fantastic tour. Beautiful city and the castle was not only beautiful, but interesting as well.
Was a fantastic tour. Beautiful city and the castle was not only beautiful, but interesting as well. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Meh.
Sail Date: September 2017
Meh. I would never recommend this particular excursion. You get a brief view of Victoria on your way to the "castle" which is a nice old home, similar to but far lesser in grandeur to the "Bishop's Palace" in ... Read More
Meh. I would never recommend this particular excursion. You get a brief view of Victoria on your way to the "castle" which is a nice old home, similar to but far lesser in grandeur to the "Bishop's Palace" in Galveston, TX. It is like touring an antebellum home. It is pretty to see, with nice period furnishings placed, but the house was used for so many different things (a school, hospital, offices, etc) over a great time period, that few original pieces to the house remain. However, a great job was done in finding suitable items from the time period when the house was built. It is worth it for those who love vintage architecture, furnishings and pre-1920's design. You rush through the house and up and down stairs on your on without a tour guide. You are given a map - and will end up in the gift shop, as always. There are public rest rooms inside. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fun to visit independently.
Sail Date: August 2017
Fun to visit independently. We took a cab from the ship and had a leisurely visit. Then walked to Government House to walk thru the beautiful gardens. Then a short walk back to town.
Fun to visit independently. We took a cab from the ship and had a leisurely visit. Then walked to Government House to walk thru the beautiful gardens. Then a short walk back to town. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Not very interesting and surely not much of a castle and far from being with the cost!
Sail Date: June 2017
Not very interesting and surely not much of a castle and far from being with the cost!
Not very interesting and surely not much of a castle and far from being with the cost! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
It was OK, A little pricy for what it was.
Sail Date: June 2017
It was OK, A little pricy for what it was. Tour guide was pretty dull.
It was OK, A little pricy for what it was. Tour guide was pretty dull. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We are not flower people so we did the castle instead.
Sail Date: May 2017
We are not flower people so we did the castle instead. It was pretty cool. Of course after you have been to Hearst Castle and Biltmore, it wasn't quite as exciting! We enjoyed our tour. Since this is a late port and the next morning ... Read More
We are not flower people so we did the castle instead. It was pretty cool. Of course after you have been to Hearst Castle and Biltmore, it wasn't quite as exciting! We enjoyed our tour. Since this is a late port and the next morning was disembarkation we decided not to go into town. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We were the last tour of the evening, and was close to dusk when we arrived.
Sail Date: May 2017
We were the last tour of the evening, and was close to dusk when we arrived. By the time we were rounded up, it was already dark. Needed more time to explore the whole castle, as it was quite fascinating!!! Our coach driver did give a ... Read More
We were the last tour of the evening, and was close to dusk when we arrived. By the time we were rounded up, it was already dark. Needed more time to explore the whole castle, as it was quite fascinating!!! Our coach driver did give a riding tour of town that was very informative. Super nice guy, Steve. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
There is a good bit of walking to get to the castle.
Sail Date: April 2017
There is a good bit of walking to get to the castle. Really neat.
There is a good bit of walking to get to the castle. Really neat. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
I guess a highlight of Vancouver Island but if you have been to the UK, you have seen plenty of ...
Sail Date: September 2016
I guess a highlight of Vancouver Island but if you have been to the UK, you have seen plenty of castles with similar decor and more grandeur. Very lovely home and nicely curated.
I guess a highlight of Vancouver Island but if you have been to the UK, you have seen plenty of castles with similar decor and more grandeur. Very lovely home and nicely curated. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
I love historic homes so I enjoyed this tour very much.
Sail Date: August 2016
I love historic homes so I enjoyed this tour very much. Unfortunately, the ship didn't dock till 7pm so by the time we got on the bus it was dark. The driver took us all around the area, but it would have been nice to see it all in ... Read More
I love historic homes so I enjoyed this tour very much. Unfortunately, the ship didn't dock till 7pm so by the time we got on the bus it was dark. The driver took us all around the area, but it would have been nice to see it all in the daylight. The castle was great but we couldn't spend much time there because we had to back on the ship, so I took pictures of every room and scrutinized them later. Bad timing for an excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
For us, going to the Castle for one hour was a complete waste of time on a 2 1/2 hour tour.
Sail Date: August 2016
For us, going to the Castle for one hour was a complete waste of time on a 2 1/2 hour tour. The bus driver was very informative but the tour of the city via bus was not at all good. The bus driver saved the tour.
For us, going to the Castle for one hour was a complete waste of time on a 2 1/2 hour tour. The bus driver was very informative but the tour of the city via bus was not at all good. The bus driver saved the tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Very interesting to learn the history of the castle.
Sail Date: July 2016
Very interesting to learn the history of the castle. Interior was very ornate.
Very interesting to learn the history of the castle. Interior was very ornate. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
It was interesting to see how people lived and to learn a little of the history of the 25,000 ...
Sail Date: July 2016
It was interesting to see how people lived and to learn a little of the history of the 25,000 square foot "home".
It was interesting to see how people lived and to learn a little of the history of the 25,000 square foot "home". Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did this one on our own.
Sail Date: June 2016
We did this one on our own. We walked to Fisherman's Wharf for a fish and chips lunch and to feed the seals. Then we took the water ferry to town and walked to the castle. We used the city buses to bring us back to town. The ... Read More
We did this one on our own. We walked to Fisherman's Wharf for a fish and chips lunch and to feed the seals. Then we took the water ferry to town and walked to the castle. We used the city buses to bring us back to town. The castle is extremely interesting, mainly from learning about the family members who lived there. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
My husband loved the architechture
Sail Date: June 2016
My husband loved the architechture
My husband loved the architechture Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises