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.
it was amazing to see this giant castle in the middle of a major city. we took the audio tour which was really interesting. it was incredible to see all the rooms and secret passageways. going to the very top is a little hard if you are clastrophobic because the stairs are very winding narrow... however, it is worth the view.
It was really cool. get an audio set and you'll get to know alot of cool things of the castle. there is a really cool under ground tunnel that leads to lots of places. also there's an im complete pool that was going to have golden swans around them.
This castle was built out of love. The sad part is that his wife died before the completion of his work. It holds many History, including the Canadian Military. The grand hallways, and beauty are breathtaking. Go up in the tower to have a beautiful view of the city including the CN tower. The price is fair and goes towards the historical society of Toronto to maintain the castle. Wonderful gardens and chapel ideal for weddings and photography. The historical value is often admired by school classes and gives the children a rare glimps into the victorian era of Toronto.
It was a great excitement being in casa Loma. Everything was so well maintained that i felt that as if i've gone back to those olden days. Specially being in a palace where you can get easily lost was very exciting. Specially when i was walking through the secret tunnels i started imagining King Henry using the tunnels during wars. Next time i go to toronto i would definitely like to visit casa Loma
We went to Casa Loma early one day. We took the usual tourist pictures outside in the beautiful surroundings. We never went inside because it would have been $40 for our family of 5 to get in. Ouch. + 3 busloads of school children just arrived before us.
My husband felt $40 was too much. I, however, would have spent it. I think it would have been well worth it. I am more into the beautiful castle tours than he is.
There is plenty of parking and it was an easy place to find.
This was a great place to visit. Admission was very inexpensive and it was a great way to spend a day. Make sure not to overload yourself since there are a few very tight spiral staircases that can be downright scary with a camera and purse to contend with also. And definetly make sure to pay attention on the walk to the castle. If you're lucky, you may encounter the sign encouraging people to pick up their dog waste. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but it's a gem.
We enjoyed our visit to Casa Loma. It's a great place to take pictures. Outside, the castle is gorgeous in the sun. Inside is just as beautiful.
We did spend a little longer than I would have liked there, but overall we had a good time. The place is so big, it takes a while to see EVERYTHING, if that's your goal.
Top floor is worth the climb because there are doors giving you access to the staircase that goes up into the big spire. Be warned, football players like myself don't fit up those tight spiral staircases up the many flights of stairs very well. It was still pretty cool to be up there, even if the windows were very small and hard to look out of.
Also on the top floor was a military museum. Being from the States, I wasn't that interested in reading everything about the history of the Canadian military unit, but I'm sure it would be of great interest to someone interested in their own country's history.
I'd say a visit to Casa Loma is a one-time event. Not sure if I'd go back on my next visit to Toronto, but I enjoyed my first visit there.
This is a definite must see!! I just loved the craftsmanship that is evident in every room.
From the subway, we walked to the "Castle". The walk was difficult because we walked the stairs up the hillside to reach the "Castle". Fortunately, there are benches at each landing to allow vistors to rest on the journey up the hill.
I don't know if it would have been less laborous to walk the road up and around to the "Castle".
No matter how you get there, you must see this attraction.
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