Come and experience the elegance and splendor of the Edwardian era at Casa Loma, the only full-sized castle in North America and Toronto’s premier historic attraction.
Explore secret passageways, elaborately decorated rooms with authentic period furnishings or take in the breathtaking view of Toronto from one of the towers.
The five acres of lush flora surrounding Casa Loma showcase ornate sculptures and fountains as well as meticulously tended displays of perennials and a wooded hillside filled with wildflowers and decorative grasses.
The stables and carriage house are connected to Casa Loma by an 800 foot tunnel, which features an exhibit of Toronto’s Dark Side in archival photographs, including subjects such as Prohibition, The Depression, The Plague, The Great Toronto Fire, and Toronto’s first plane crash. The carriage house features an exhibit of vintage automobiles from the early 1900s.
approximately 2 hours (self-guided)
9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily
Please Note: Last admission is 3:45 pm. See Special Schedule Details
Come and experience the elegance and splendor of the Edwardian era at Casa Loma, the only full sized-castle in North America and Toronto’s premier historic attraction.
Special Schedule Details
The History of Casa Loma
Sir Henry Pellatt, the dreamer behind Toronto's famous landmark, Casa Loma, was born in Kingston, Ontario on January 6, 1859 to British parents. By the age of 23 he became a full partner in his father's stock brokerage firm, and married Mary Dodgeson.
Even as a young man, Henry Pellatt embraced the spirit of the family motto "Devant Si Je Puis" - "Foremost if I can." When he met his bride-to-be, Sir Henry had already achieved local renown in 1879 for beating the U. S. amateur champion in the running of the mile. Travels in Europe gave him the love for fine art and architecture which would spur his vision of Casa Loma, his "house on the hill." This romantic side was uniquely juxtaposed by his other lifelong passion: his involvement with the military, specifically the Queen's Own Rifles.
Casa Loma took three years and $3.5 million to build. Sir Henry filled Casa Loma with artwork from Canada and around the world. Casa Loma stood as a monument to its creator - it surpassed any other private home in North America. With its soaring battlements and secret passageways, it paid homage to the castles and knights of days gone by.
Today, Casa Loma is one of Toronto's premier tourist attractions and is visited by tourists, year-round. An unabashed romantic, Sir Henry engaged the noted architect E.J. Lennox to help him realize a life-long dream - the creation of a "medieval" castle on the brow of a hill overlooking Toronto. Begun in 1911, it took 300 men nearly 3 years to complete and cost $3,500,000 at that time.
Sir Henry enjoyed Casa Loma for less than ten years before financial misfortune forced him to abandon his castle home. Today this unique piece of Canadian history is open daily as a tourist attraction and hospitality venue. Casa Loma represents an unparalleled opportunity in the city of Toronto and is an iconic historical and heritage landmark.
The Castle remains one of Toronto's top ten tourist attractions and hospitality venues. Casa Loma's unique architecture has made it a highly desirable location for film, television and photography shoots.
Self-Guided Tour Highlights
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