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 – 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
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 - 21 days ago
Beautiful home and very informative. The staff go out of their way to accommodate large crowds. Our high school group drove all night to perform at the castle. The staff discovered the kids hadn't eaten and had been on the road, they put together a very affordable breakfast for 100 kids right on the spot. So impressed with how kind everyone was. Highly recommended.
Kelly Irvin - 21 days ago
Very interesting and beautiful to see. Great for someone who loves architecture. For me personally it was a bit to much explanation about the architecture. The view from the towers is magnificent. It was a bit confusing that the explanation about the owner of the house was on the upper floor. It made me feel like a had missed a piece of the story when admiring the ground floor. Very friendly staff and good audio explanation in multiple languages.
Jessica Croes - 23 days ago
Casa Loma is magnificence made manifest. The place has a very inviting atmosphere. The elegance of the furniture and decor are unmatched by anyplace I've ever been, including Biltmore Estate in the U.S. There are so many places to explore there, from the stables, to the attic. Every where you explore, you get a sense of the time when people lived there. You can feel the place as a home, rather than a tourist trap. There is so much to see at Casa Loma, you might want to go back and see more. While children are welcome there, toddlers can be a problem. If you have toddlers, you know what I'm talking about. There are restaurants, and food outlets.
Franky Edder - 1 month ago
Very interesting place to see! Very personal feel of family lived. Amazing castle and good atmosphere! Tons of things to explore and history to learn. We went on Christmas time and it was magical! Many many Christmas trees and all decorated for each room ! Just magical! Tickets reasonable compared to anther attractions in a city. We found out best deal was city pass.
lina acharya - 1 month ago