There’s nothing quite like a castle for the romantic in each of us. I’ve never been to Europe, so my experience with real-life castles has been rather limited, but today I’d like to share Craigdarroch Castle with you.
It’s been on my mind lately because I’m writing a novel set in Victoria, BC, Canada, hailed as the most British city outside the United Kingdom. I’m loving the opportunity to write scenes in some of my favorite locations in the city, and several of the early scenes take place in Craigdarroch. My characters will also be revisiting it later in the novel.
My son and daughter-in-law lived in Victoria for the six years they attended University of Victoria. This means that my husband and I visited as many times as we could, even though it’s clear across the province from our home. One week in May, 2008, my daughter and I visited and spent a few lovely hours in Craigdarroch. Let me show you some of the photos we took.
Did you enjoy this little tour of a lovely castle? Have you ever visited one? Share your experience in comments!
I know where I want to go next time we get up there for a visit!
So long as you know visiting me doesn’t put you anywhere near Victoria! But there are many cool things in V. We love visiting. And then there’s the whole rest of the Island. (Yes, that should be capitalized :P)
If I get as far as you, Victoria’s practically next door. 😉
If next door is one more long day of travel, yes!
We did get to Seattle on our last trip, and it’s not that far from Seattle.
True 🙂 And well worth the trip. We did a bit of Seattle a couple years ago and quite enjoyed that, too.
Lorna Warkentin via Facebook says
visited this one in 2010. beautiful!
Valerie Comer via Facebook says
Yay! Glad you found it fun too. 🙂
I think there is only two in our country. One a monument the other in a hidden away spot at the coast. Private property until recent now a guest house for those who can afford it – foreigners.
Wondered if people sat and visited on the verandah/porch. Wowed by the piano photo!
There was a player piano in one of the other rooms, as well as the organ. I have probably close to 100 photos, so obviously most could not make this post. Glad you enjoyed!
Ooooh, I would love to visit that castle. So cool that you were able to do so. Unfortunately, it won’t be happening anytime soon (Alabama’s a long way away from ANY part of Canada LOL).
Thanks for the mini tour.
I’m glad you enjoyed it, Ginger!
Donna Winters says
What a castle! Great photos! I had no idea such a place existed in BC. Good choice for “C”!
I hadn’t heard of it before we began visiting Victoria, either, and I live a lot closer! I’m glad you enjoyed the tour.
Diana Lesire Brandmeyer says
I want to go there! Now I can’t wait to read you next book.
Diana,who has never been to a castle but had ancestors who owned one.
Come to BC for a visit–maybe we can swing a visit to Craigdarroch! Before anyone can read this book, someone has to publish it. (And I have to finish writing it…minor detail…)
Diana Lesire Brandmeyer says
I would love to. Maybe some day.
Better get writing so we can read this story.
Yes, ma’am. Now if only I weren’t having computer problems… 😛
Shelley Wilburn says
I love castles, even though I’ve never seen one in person. Love your pics though! They’re absolutely beautiful.
Thank you, Shelley. I’m glad you enjoyed the virtual tour.
Lucy Morgan-Jones says
Wow! Gorgeous! I love the photos. Looks great. 🙂
Thanks for coming by, Lucy! I’m glad you enjoyed this peek at Craigdarroch.