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 – 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
Attended the Legends Of Horror at Casa Loma. Absolutely spectacular. Scary and great fun. Huge theatrical event with a large number of actors. Well organised and plenty of staff on hand. Spectacular grounds used to the best effect possible. Without a doubt the best of these scary walks I have done. Highly recommended. Nice tie-in with the upcoming Justice League movie as well, great models and extended trailers in the theatre.
Paul Gent - 2 days ago
The castle is okay if you have been to many historic homes and castle or estates, it's kind of small in comparison to others. There's a free audio tour handheld device. However, what is really cool about this place is the Legends of Horror in the month of October. Amazing actors, lighting, projections and the whole event details were planned so well. I have been to a lot of haunted houses, haunted hayrides, King's Dominion Fright Night, and Busch Gardens' Howl-o-Scream, but Casa Loma is far better. Well done to the cast and crew. If I more time in Toronto with a group, I would do the Escape from the Tower escape room.
Stacy Litchford - 11 days ago
Beautiful castle nestled in one of the biggest Canadian cities. We spent hours here with the kids looking around all of the rooms upstairs and down. There was a big set up of dining and entertainment outside in the garden area. We loved the atmosphere. We got some great photos from the tower lookout up top. Also the kids enjoyed the underground tunnel to the antique garage and stables.
Melissa Gaumond - 11 days ago
What a beautiful castle in a beautiful location. Loved the hand held speaker phones that told about each of the rooms and exhibits. Parking lot was filled so we had to park on the street which was only 1 hour parking, but that's about the correct amount of time you spend in a place like this. Fun experience and loved exploring all the rooms by ourselves. Everything seemed so natural and back in the time except for the basement. Wish the basement had been kept in it's original form instead of being transformed into a super hero lair. Kind of felt out of place with the cardboard cut outs and lights neat the kitchen. The gift shop was nice, though.
Lauren Joseph - 15 days ago
A beautiful place to visit while in Toronto, the entry price is reasonable compared to other attractions around Toronto. The gardens off the back are beautiful and luscious, a great place to wander around or even get pictures takes. (I did notice they offered wedding packages). The inside is very ornate and glamorous throughout the bedrooms and sitting areas, although a little hot due to minimal airflow and lots of people. The stables, greenhouse and garage are interesting. Although a steep staircase climb, the towers up the top of the castle are absolutely worth the trek.
Shan - 1 month ago