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.

Tip: You can bypass the lineups and save almost 50% on admission to Casa Loma and 4 other 'must see' Toronto attractions by purchasing a Toronto CityPASS prior to your vacation.

Facts For Your Visit

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

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 10:00 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

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

Phone: (416) 923-1171

Official Website: Casa Loma

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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Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5

5 Star Rating Excellent tour! Phone speakers were perfect for informing visitors of the history of the castle. The maps were very helpful keeping track of all the rooms. Thoroughly enjoyed climbing up to the tower. Beautiful grounds. Wish more flowers had names on them.

Wendy Hart - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Very interesting place to see if you are in Toronto. It is a palace-house of aristocratic Canadian family of great importance. Many rooms of the house keep the style and spirit of the epoch. The space and the quality of the exposition is impressive. Casa Loma is surrounded with a beautiful garden with fountain and flowers; very chic, elegant place. It will take few hours to see everything. On the ground floor of the museum there is a café where you can eat lovely hot sandwiches. Be careful with the mustard! Even the “soft” one will pork your eyes out.

Dolores Fuertes - 8 days ago

4 Star Rating I liked the castle, especially going up in the tower. The long walk over to the stables was a bit of a let-down. The fountain was nice and I liked the main bedrooms and entertainment rooms. They had a AAA discount. (10% off) We couldn't see part of the grounds because they were closed for the escape room game.

Andrew Bachmann - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating This is one of my favourite places in Toronto due to its intriguing history and impressive architecture. Wear comfortable shoes because it will take at least 2 hours. An excellent place to visit w family/friends and it's worth the $. I would love to go there again in summer! What more can I say? The place speaks for itself.

Payal Patel - 23 days ago

2 Star Rating For a single admission ticket of $25 I was expecting the customer service and the maintenance of the property to be respectable. However, this was not the case. First, upon entering grounds, the parking lot was riddled with potholes, deteriorating pavement and rocks everywhere on the ground, creating for a very unpleasant and bumpy entrance. Second, after purchasing our tickets we went to get our audio tour guide. The girl behind the counter did not even explain to us how to use it. We asked for some help and she gave us 5 word response that we could not even understand. Next, there was absolutely no one inside guiding traffic or showing people around if they got lost. So good luck if you get lost in there. Lastly, on some of the walls inside the tower there was old graffiti and vandalism on the the bricks that had not been removed for years. It had become quite clear the current owners of the property were in it for the money and pocketing a huge chunk of the $25 per person charge, as opposed to maintaining the grounds. It is sad, as it's a beautiful castle with lush gardens and lots of history.

Alykhan Visram - 23 days ago

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

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