Casa Loma

Casa Loma is the only full sized castle in North America and Toronto's premier historic attraction

Casa Loma at Dusk
Casa Loma at Dusk

Casa Loma which means Hill House in Spanish, is an architectural marvel which was constructed by over 300 workers between 1911 and 1914.

Overlooking what is now Downtown Toronto, this European style castle was originally built for financier Sir Henry Mill Pellat and his wife. They only lived there for 10 years before financial troubles forced them to leave. After this Casa Loma operated briefly as a luxury hotel. By late in the 1920s it had become a popular night spot, however, in 1933 Casa Loma was taken over by the City of Toronto to pay for unpaid taxes due. At this time it was very run down and the City was considering demolition, however, it was saved and has since been undergoing years of restoration.

This popular landmark and museum, now operated by Liberty Entertainment Group, is one of Toronto's top attractions with over 400,000 visitors each year. Casa Loma is situated on 5 acres of land with lovely gardens meticulously maintained by full-time master gardeners, a wooded hillside carpeted with decorative grasses, beautiful wildflowers, ornate sculptures and fountains.

An 800 foot tunnel runs underground connecting the main castle with the carriage house and stables. While walking through the tunnel you will see the Toronto's Dark Side exhibit with large photographs on the walls that archive earlier times including Prohibition, The Great Depression, The Plague, The Great Toronto Fire and the city's first plane crash. Inside the carriage house you will find the Automotive Exhibit which features antique cars from the early 1900s.

If you get hungry during your visit, Casa Loma also has the newly opened Liberty Café and there is also a gift shop on site.

When visiting Casa Loma you should also consider visiting the outstanding Spadina House Museum located right next door. Operated by the city of Toronto, it too is well worth your time.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Casa Loma

Fee: Yes; Castle admission includes multimedia audio guide and viewing of the Sir Henry Pellatt documentary

Open Now

Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Category: Museums

Address: 1 Austin Terrace
Toronto, ON M5R 1X8
Canada

Phone: +1 416-923-1171

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
3.5 out of 5 3.5 Star Rating
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4 Star Rating A gorgeous building with a lot of history! We looked up some travel lists on things to do in Toronto and this was on pretty much all of them!! We decided to... Read More

Stacy F. Oct-17-2019

3 Star Rating Not that great!! You had me at castle.. and lost me as soon as I step inside!! Boo! I have family here and been to Toronto way too many times. But even... Read More

Latifa S. Nov-06-2019

4 Star Rating I guess this would be the Hearst Castle of Canada, but it's my first visit to Ontario, so what do I know? I stumbled upon it in a YouTube video and thought... Read More

Ed U. Jul-27-2019

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Directions

TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Yonge-University-SpadinaDupont Station8-10 MInutes

How to get to Casa Loma by TTC Subway

No bus needed. From Dupont Station walk 2 blocks north on Spadina Road to Davenport Road then follow the Baldwin stairs (110 steps) up the hill directly ahead of you.

If you prefer not to use the stairs you can proceed west on Davenport Road; right on Wallace Road and right again on Austin Terrace.

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Casa Loma Marketing Director gives an overview of the Castle and its spectacular gardens

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