Casa Loma

Casa Loma is the only full sized castle in North America and Toronto's premier historic attraction

Casa Loma at Dusk
Casa Loma at Dusk

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 Visit

Fee: Yes; Castle admission includes multimedia audio guide and viewing of the Sir Henry Pellatt documentary

Open Now: No

Hours 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

Directions

TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Yonge-University-SpadinaDupont Station8-10 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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Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5

5 Star Rating The Escape from Castle Loma events are fantastic! If your looking for something new and exciting to do I would recommend planning a trip with as many friends and family as possible. It is well worth the price and you'll never forget the experience. One warning: If you have any mobility issues you will find this event challenging if not completely impossible. There will be stairs you'll need to use constantly no matter what event you choose and there is a lot of standing, walking and bending involved. If you use a cane, walker, or other mobility assistance you'll want to sit this out.

Lotusfang Goblin - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating We went for a staff Xmas party to do one of the escape rooms (the Bootlegger one) and had an awesome time. The staff were kind and welcoming. The actors in the room were lots of fun. The rooms themselves were amazingly realistic, with lots of great props. I would absolutely go back and try another one!

K Kulesha - 11 days ago

4 Star Rating This location has much history within it's walls. Entering the castle there is a reasonable fee which includes the audio guided tours so that you can walk around the castle at your own pace. Within the different locations, you are able to hear the history of the castle and the various design choices in the different rooms. Although detailed, there are things here and there that leave you asking why and what. With minimal air flow, it did get a little warm inside. Overall great experience with things that could be improved.

Jeffrey D - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating 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 - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating 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 - 2 months ago

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Casa Loma Marketing Director gives an overview of the Castle and its spectacular gardens

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