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 33% 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 – 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
|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
Magical experience. Such a beautiful castle with interesting history and artifacts. Very impressive. Great idea of having a live orchestra during summer nights. Loved it. Want to take my parents there soon.
Tetyana Popova - 20 hours ago
Elegant, ornate and impressive. This is a great outing for tourists and locals alike. The castle like mansion is formidable from the outside, beautiful on the inside and full of elegant details throughout. The private gardens are also serene and peaceful to walk through. But do yourself a favor and get here right at opening time on weekends. It only gets busier as the days goes on and parking is limited.
Adam D - 18 days ago
Very very cool place to check out, deduct one star for parking. Parking was at local college down the hill. Parking is serious issue. Just beware you may have to park 10 minutes away. Very neat tunnel to second property. Cool video in basement with feature films that have filmed on location. Long wait to get to the top of the tower very small two floor spiral staircase up and down. Good views once you get up their.
Ricky Moorehead - 1 month ago
A must see! So decadent and so big! You should spend the day there because there is so many different things to see. You can eat or drink at their fast food restaurant for a reasonable price. An amazing view from there to the city, extraordinary decoration, furniture and themed areas. 98 rooms! Can you imagine that? The indoor garden, the library, the towers (you can take the stiff stairs and visit it all, even get out), the dining rooms, the staff rooms, the stables, the tunnel to get there... everything can be seen and it is really worth it!
Emma - 1 month ago
Overall not bad. The exterior of the home is very interesting. The interior had some rooms with a lot of details, while others were not as interesting. It would be nice to have an actual guide who can answer questions you have. It is just a handset that they recorded info on about each room. This is why I didn't give it 5 stars. It seems like they could have live tour guides that would offer more detail and be able to answer questions you have. Many other old estate homes do this, so this is where it fell a bit short.
Michael Rusanowsky - 1 month ago