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 – 10:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 10:00 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
Unbelievable that such a beautiful medieval castle would exist in the midst of a modern city such a Toronto! The castle structure outside is modeled on the ancient medieval castles of England. Or instantly transports you to a bygone era. Inside there are various tours including self guided audio tours. Its beautifully decorated and maintained well. You have to see it too believe it. Lovely place to visit while in Toronto.
Rakhi Bhattacharya - 2 days ago
It’s a very cute castle in Toronto, definitely recommend going up to the top on the narrow spiral staircase, even though it’s quite risky, but the scenery from there is amazing, you can have a great look at downtown Toronto, great for pictures! The only thing I didn’t like is that the narrator thingy was very confusing and they didn’t bring the most out of it, you just went in your own way and they didn’t set up a path or anything, which means that you could easily left a room without even knowing that there was something interesting in there, you decided what room you visit, which I guess could be good for people who are not so interested in this Castle, but I think most people who come to see Casa Loma are in fact interested in it, so this way of listening to the tapes and going to where you decide to go was a downside, I would’ve liked it more if it had a path and you would start in room 1 and then next to it was room 2 and then 3... you get it. But after all, it’s a cute castle! People usually spend there 1.5-2.5 hours I would say.
Rachel Miriam - 20 days ago
Absolutely stunning place!! Loved the recorded guiding tours. Loved the history behind the place! A bit warm and stuffy in most of the castle but to be expected I guess since it is an old house! But gorgeous inside and out. Took us longer than what we expected but we enjoyed it that much! Definitely recommend. A must see in Toronto.
Nisreen Azmi - 30 days ago
It was a cool thing to see. Lots of history behind it. There was a lot of informative and interesting displays and it had acts as well. There were a cobras axon aerial artists. You could also go up to the towers and that was also nice. Pretty cool. I would have liked to do a condition tour but I couldn't find a tour guide, so I walked around on my own.
Vicky Marinova - 30 days ago
Casa Loma certainly stands out, a small Castle in Toronto. The building and grounds are well maintained, the gardens are lovely and the view of Toronto is spectacular, day and night. My last visit there was for a private function and it was a great place and layout with lots of space for a large party. I can imagine it being a very nice location for a wedding. It is located away from the city core, restaurants and other things to do/see and access by public transit isn't great either.It's worth a visit although it's not a place I would go to regularly unless I had out of town visitors or kids, in terms of going to it as a museum.
Katya Mohsen - 1 month ago