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 VisitFee: Yes; Castle admission includes multimedia audio guide and viewing of the Sir Henry Pellatt documentary
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- 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
|TTC Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Yonge-University-Spadina||Dupont Station||8-10 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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Ratedout of 5
Really really cool place! If you love history oriented stuff this place is a MUST! It’s a huge mansion so you can easily spend 1h 1h30 there. It’s really interesting, they give you and audio guide that you can listen to while exploring. Careful to not miss the whole underground area!
dee Dee - 25 days ago
During the day, great spot to learn about the historical landmark of Toronto. Went for the Legends of Horror and worth the trip. The attention to detail to make the haunted experience was 5/5. Great job. Usually parking is full and they direct you to park down the hill near George Brown however if you want to walk 5-8minutes, lots of free side parking.
Steven Ngo - 26 days ago
If you're planning to visit multiple attractions in Toronto, I'd recommend purchasing a City Pass as it saved us a lot of money. Casa Loma was very interesting. I'm not sure I'd call it a castle, but more of a massive home that resembles a castle from the exterior. The grounds are pretty and a lot of information is provided about every single room. We also enjoyed lunch here prior to walking around. It is a lot of walking, across multiple levels, inside and outside. Definitely unique. I will warn that parking can be difficult as there isn't a large lot. I'd also advise on coming early.
Erin Bacher - 28 days ago
It was great learning about the richest man in Toronto during the period. My favorite part was seeing his restroom because it was so advanced for their time and all the amenities are still relevant to this day. The view from the outside is breathtaking. As we exited the castle we visited the gift shop and went through a tunnel that was showcasing their Halloween excursion. It was designed with great care and very believable. Then you exit through the stable and by the time you realize it you're on the way other side of the castle. Only downside is the heat: there is no air conditioning so walking around during lunchtime is not advised. All in all, it was a great experience, especially with the family.
Vanessa Nguyen - 1 month ago
I had the most amazing experience tonight.. tonight I toured the Haunted House of Casa Loma and it was spectacular. Wandering through the catacombs of an amazing venue with everything so well put together. Spectacular actors flying through the are at you and gargoyles that came to life. An incredible amount of work went into tonight's performance and I couldn't be happier. Thank you for all the work that went into that
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