Craigdarroch Castle is a historic, Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion. It’s only an 8-minute drive or a 25-minute walk from the hostel.
It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to its landmark status in Victoria. Craigdarroch Castle is believed to have cost as much as $500,000 when it was built and included granite from British Columbia, tile from San Francisco, and an oak staircase prefabricated in Chicago. When originally constructed Craigdarroch stood in grounds comprising 28 acres (110,000 m2) of formal gardens in Victoria’s Rockland neighbourhood. Craigdarroch Castle has 39 rooms and over 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2).
The four-story Craigdarroch Castle still has lavish furnishings from the 1890s and is known for its stained-glass and intricate woodwork. The Institute for Stained Glass in Canada has documented the stained glass at Craigdarroch Castle