A visit to Toronto's grand castle estate, the former home to financier Sir Henry Pellatt, is like stepping back into the ... More
A visit to Toronto's grand castle estate, the former home to financier Sir Henry Pellatt, is like stepping back into the Edwardian era. At Casa Loma, tour 98 richly decorated rooms, secret passages, towers, and an 800-foot tunnel connecting the castle to its magnificent stables. Outside find a five-acre estate, with gardens offering dazzling colors, sculptures, and water fountains. The on-site cafe and gift shop offers delightful food, souvenirs, and breathtaking views.
Casa Loma is a gorgeous castle has amazing scenery and great atmosphere. It was fun to see all of the rooms and as my family and I are all history buffs, this was great! I highly reccomend you go see this when you are in Toronto!
I loved this place. It was so exciting with all of it's rich history, secret pathways, wonderful views. It was especially breathtaking in the gardens. I highly suggest it.
However, save yourself some money. Buy a CityPass, it gives you 5 attractions ( Zoo, CN Tower, Casa Loma...and I can't remember the others) But just google it. It's on the Toronto website and it's only 59.00 for all 5. You save almost 60 dollars! :D
So if you're visiting and have a large family, get the CityPass. You'll have tons of money left over for the shopping in Kensington Market. ;)
Been Living in Toronto for most of my life and haven't been to Casa Loma. Location around the castle is nice. We took the stairs up which wasn't too bad. Entrance looked nice, and had a few people waiting to get in. Staff was friendly.
For a castle this place was kinda small to my expectation. The audio guided tour was included but I didn't listen to it, since I am not a history buff and I didn't need to know too much. There was a brief description of the rooms as you entered.
Was very hot and humid day, and the castle wasn't air conditioned. and they ran fans in the hallways. They allow pictures. The main areas include 3 floors, basement, stable, and garden.
You can cover the whole area within 2 hrs, as I just went around taking pictures. the 3rd floor is just a museum. I was disappointed because the places is very small and there isn't too much to look at.
I wouldn't go there again, and if I had family come to Toronto, I wouldn't suggest them go there.
Casa Loma is a must-visit for anyone who loves castles and/or history. The audio tours are a great asset, letting you tour whatever part of the castle you wish. The video at the beginning gave me some insight into Sir Pellatt, which helped me a lot. I would highly recommend going up into the towers; it is a neat view of downtown.
Casa Loma was really nice. Audiotour is free and very informative...not too long. It helps to understand the history, which makes the whole experience better. We watched the movie and took a much needed rest, it was interesting. be sure to climb the steps to the tower and travel the 800 foot tunnel.
We thought the deli was fine, (about $5 for a club or reuben). (Hotdog/ice cream stand is out on the patio). Including lunch and the time spent in the garden we spent between 3-4 hours here.
We walked from the sub-way stop, it was kind of a hike. Might take a taxi or drive next time. Be sure and stop for Ice cream at Greg's. On the Corner of Spadina and Bloor. Try the roasted Marshmallow flavor!!
FYI ---there is no air conditioning.
Thoroughly enjoyed learning and discovering the story behind Casa Loma. As I am a gardener and amateur photographer it was paradise for me. The gardens surrounding the castle were of course my favorite part.
My husband and I climbed the stairs in the turret for a fantastic view of the city below.
Have to admit that we were surprised at the amount of litter and graffetti we saw up there. I would think with price of admittance someone could be hired to clean the area.. I do feel that the admission price limits some people, especially those with large families from visiting.
All in all, we had a wonderful visit and would highly recommend it to anyone who plans to visit Toronto. Would not recommend it to those with smaller children as I don't think they would understand nor care about the history of the castle.
Liked everything about it except the food at the deli.Well mantained and very informative.I went in the middle of winter and when I went inside it was warm and comfortable. I would have liked to hear the organ play but do not know if they do that.I would love to come back when the gardens are open.
My parents took me to see Casa Loma in the late 70's. I was so excited to go back to Casa Loma now with a family of my own. My daughters loved Casa Loma. It was a different experience because of the audio guide and since then many movies have been filmed in Casa Loma. My daughters wanted to move in. Lots of secret passages, beautful views and gardens. Plan on going early and spending a couple of hours on the tour. We went during the first week of August so remember that this castle has no air condition. You will find restrooms. There is a cafe on the lower level if you get thirsty or a little hungry. Take a camera. A must see if you are in Toronto.
It was a short hike from the subway stop, but the grounds and gardens are immaculate. Plenty of photo opportunities before you even enter Casa Loma.
We were offered the audio assistance/tour, but declined when we realized it would take an entire afternoon. Viewed the rooms on our own, took many photographs. The conservatory and library are the most memorable rooms.
In lower level a cafeteria is available for refreshments and seating. We took advice and followed the underground tunnel to the horse stable. It was scenic, but we quickly returned to the main building and made our way outside to the gardens.
Benefitted from gorgeous weather, enjoyed the gardens and the gazebo for photo ops. Many varieties of flowers and ornamentals. A bride was having her photograph taken, added to the magic of the scenery.
I think my title speaks for itself lol. Seriously me and my posse enjoyed this very much. The Castle was absolutely huge and spacious. I wanted to move right on in lol....but that's not allowed tho lol. One of the things that made it even more fun was the secret passages u get to tour...those made me very jealous cause i don't have secret passages in my house lol. Nah it's a great grea great attraction to see when touring around Toronto. COOL!!!!!
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