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Casa Loma Tours - Toronto's Majestic Castle

Casa Loma Tours - Toronto's Majestic Castle

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.

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

approximately 2 hours (self-guided)

Time

9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily

Please Note: Last admission is 3:45 pm. See Special Schedule Details

Hotel pick-up not included. Rates are per person in US Dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Description

Special Schedule Details

  • Castle Loma closes at 1:00 pm on Christmas Eve
  • Castle Loma is closed on Christmas Day
  • Casa Loma Gardens are open May through October only

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

  • Secret passages
  • Spectacular city view from one of two towers
  • 800 foot tunnel featuring an exhibit of Toronto’s Dark Side
  • Garage, stables and carriage house featuring vintage cars and a carriage from the 1900s
  • Beautiful estate gardens with sparkling fountains and dazzling displays of rare flowers (May-October)
  • "The Man Who Built Casa Loma", a docudrama tracing the arc of Sir Henry Pellatt’s life

Inclusions

  • Castle Admission
  • Brochures with castle floor plan
  • Audio guides available in English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Mandarin
  • American Sign Language and an Audio Descriptive tour for the visually impaired are also available
  • Viewing of Sir Henry Pellatt documentary

Important Information

  • No food or beverages are permitted in the Casa Loma building
  • Strollers are not recommended, due to stairs
  • The main building is wheelchair accessible for individual visitors

Hotel pick-up not included. Rates are per person in US Dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Rates All rates are in US Dollars

Event Date:

October 16, 2017

Desired Time:

09:30 AM