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

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

Casa Loma Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • 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

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

Phone: (416) 923-1171

Official Website: Casa Loma

Casa Loma Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Casa Loma is an iconic landmark nestled in the heart of Toronto, Canada, offering visitors a captivating glimpse into the past with its grand architecture and fascinating history. Stepping inside this majestic castle is like entering a time machine that transports you to an era of opulence and elegance. One of the most enchanting aspects of Casa Loma is its interior, which is meticulously designed and adorned with intricate details. As you wander through the halls, you'll encounter beautifully decorated rooms that showcase the luxurious lifestyle of a bygone era. From the ornate furnishings to the elaborate chandeliers, every corner of Casa Loma exudes a sense of grandeur and sophistication. Exploring Casa Loma also means uncovering its hidden secrets, such as the mysterious secret passages that add an element of intrigue to the experience. Imagine walking through a hidden door and finding yourself in a secluded chamber, feeling like a character in a historical novel. The library at Casa Loma is a true gem, filled with rare books, intricate woodwork, and a serene ambiance perfect for quiet contemplation. It's a place where you can immerse yourself in history and literature while surrounded by the timeless beauty of the castle. Of course, a visit to Casa Loma wouldn't be complete without ascending to the top of the tower, where panoramic views of Toronto await. The sweeping vistas from this vantage point offer a breathtaking perspective of the city skyline, making it a memorable highlight of the experience. Whether you're a history enthusiast, an architecture lover, or simply seeking a unique and enchanting adventure, Casa Loma promises a memorable journey through time and beauty. Parking is $20 and entrance fee for adult is $40 per person.
Jeffrey Adaya - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating A beautiful place to visit. We had a great time exploring the castle and the grounds from top to bottom and reading up in the history of it. Might not be a great place for small kids but I definitely recommend everyone to go there. Plan to spend the better part of the day there when you go.
Michael Greek - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Casa Loma is one the must visit places in Toronto. An amazing castle built in 1914. People who have interest in history, antiques, and heritage will enjoy this place for sure. Due to its unique architecture, it has been a popular filming location for movies and television. It is also a popular venue for wedding ceremonies. The interiors is a treat to the eyes with attractive antiques. Large rooms, halls, passages, elevator, library and garden on multiple floors. I felt swimming pool is missing, or be the castle has one and closed to public. The regiment museum on one of the floors, is an added attraction. The basement has a small restaurant, washrooms and details of all the movies shot in this castle. The garden area behind the castle is open to weddings. Overall a great experience of history and heritage in the middle of the downtown Toronto.
Thonta Prasad - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Beautiful castle. Rich history, beautiful architecture and a wonderful fountain with gardens. Beautiful interior, really nice rooms. You need to climb the spiral stairs to the tower, from there you have a wonderful view of the city. Take some time to visit this castle, we spent for sure four-five hours here. The carriage museum was also very nice, and this one is reached through the tunnel, which runs 18ft below Austin Terrace. Through the tunnel you can see "tunnel experience" - Toronto the dark side (the depression, the Plague, Toronto Great Fire, Toronto first plane crash...). Very interesting. In Casa Loma you have also restaurant. We really enjoyed here.
diana marceta - 3 months ago

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4 Star Rating A must in Toronto, if not for the views. Only issue: beware if you're not a spiral stair person! Climbing the tower means a lot of stairs (and only one person can go up or down at a time). Not unreasonable to expect to be stuck at the top for up to 10 minutes waiting for your chance to get down (unless you finally rudely push past people because you need to use the bathroom... not that this happened to me... not at all...)
Ryan Bernsten - a week ago

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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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