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 VisitFee: Yes; Castle admission includes multimedia audio guide and viewing of the Sir Henry Pellatt documentary
Open Now: NoHours 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
We really enjoyed the self guided tour of Casa Loma. Be sure to make the gift shop downstairs your first stop because that is where you will find the mobile device that tells you information about all areas of the castle. We found the entire experience to be very interesting and are already looking forward to coming back to see what we missed the first time around. Our kids enjoyed the bouncy castle, face painting and cookie decorating. We didn't have time to stop in and try the restaurant. It seemed like a popular place with a nice atmosphere.
Jason Ropp - 10 days ago
One of my favorite places in Toronto. Casa Loma is spectacular and so beautiful, the local castle. I enjoyed the standard tour where you get to see all the rooms, terraces and towers from the inside, but my fav Casa Loma event is Legends of Horror in Halloween. Anyway, a mandatory visit!!
Rebeca Polo - 11 days ago
This is really interesting historic place. One of a kind in the city. Definitely get explanation audio as it helps as you take your tour through the castle. Secret pathways and stairways gives you a very interesting experience of medieval age!
Fenil Patel - 11 days ago
Always a spectacular house to visit. Make sure to look out the windows to see how far away the stables are. The tunnel they built is impressive. Very nice restored mansion. Saw a wedding going on here. The third floor could use a bit more refinement. Fun to visit with tourists for a few hours.
Erik G - 1 month ago