Price & Hours
- Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Love castles? So did Sir Henry Pellatt, a former soldier whose lifelong dream was to build a castle overlooking Toronto. The 98-room Casa Loma – built in the early 1900s – took nearly three years to construct and cost more than $3.5 million to complete. The only full-size castle in North Toronto, this grand home features everything one would need to feel like a king: towers, horse stables, secret passageways and a massive wine cellar that can hold more than 1,800 bottles. There's also an immaculate 5-acre garden outfitted with fountains and sculptures, as well as wildflowers when the weather's right.
According to recent visitors, this quirky attraction will certainly appeal to history buffs, museum-goers and families (kids love the 800-foot-long underground tunnel connecting the house to the stables). Even if you don't identify as one of those travelers, visitors' collective sentiment of the castle's stunning interiors are enough to illicit a trip.
Located about 3 miles north of downtown Toronto, you can get to Casa Loma by getting off at the Dupont subway station. Casa Loma is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 4:30 p.m.). Admission ranges from CA$30 for adults (about $23) to CA$20 (about $13) for kids. If you purchased a CityPASS, your admission fee is included. Self-guided multimedia tours are also included in general admission. In addition to restrooms, there are three eateries on-site, as well as a gift shop. For more information, visit the Casa Loma website.
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