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 37% 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
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
Great time here! The castle is beautiful and breathtaking, staff are friendly, and we easily made about a half day out of it (we didn't do the audio tour or read every single thing we looked at, which may have increased the time even more so). A place that can easily wow the adults just as much as the children! The cafe in the basement was new since I had gone there about 10-15 years ago, and had really tasty food and quite reasonable prices too (considering it's at a tourist place!). Would encourage those going to seek out discount tickets as part of the Toronto city pass, or through CAA like we did.
Steve - 4 days ago
Historic home / castle in Toronto, free parking, and audio tours. There's so much to see, I've been here 2 times, still haven't seen it all. Spend a few hours or all day exploring! Movie lovers, this is a hot spot for filming, many movies have been filmed here (X-men lovers welcome to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters!) Tour the castle, the basement and tunnel, all the beautifully decorated rooms and some secret passageways and climb up to the rafters and towers! There's also the carriage house and garage and gardens. There's a lot of walking and many photo opps! There is a cafe, food cart and gift shop.
Gina D - 6 days ago
Casa Loma is a wonderful venue for many events. Beautiful location for a wedding. Or wedding pictures. Lovely place to take photos! Little known fact: It used to be council grounds for local Indian tribes because it was on high ground. Also follows the old Indian trail which used to be the shores of Lake Iroquois (12,000 years ago). Beautiful castle but sad story of colonial imperialism. Great place to visit to learn about local history. Would be great if the staff all knew these facts to share with visitors, tourists and students.
C Hartmann - 7 days ago
This was not my first visit, but for the first time the underground tunnel was open for visitors, leading to antique cars exposition. It was great, not crowded, moderate traffic. The castle is modern in comparison with some castles in Europe, but has its own charm. Great views to downtown Toronto from the top. I stopped for lunch in the cafeteria, a bit pricey but the food was fresh, served quick and very tasty.
Tina Dimitrova - 24 days ago
I love visiting castles. This one was pretty good. There were lots of places to walk around and see. The tunnels lead away from the main castle to the stables and garages. There seems to be lots of extra things to do here like escape rooms and soon a restaurant. They already have food downstairs and they have even shot many movies here. You are able to go to the top of both towers and on the third floor there is a war museum. Overall a fun way to spend the afternoon for just 30 bucks. Very close to the subway system.
Zac Zaiss - 27 days ago