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Toronto’s other postcard attraction, just like the CN Tower in its day, was once considered an eye sore. This brash 18th-century Gothic Revival castle—turret and all—stands outlandishly against the otherwise Victorian architectural sensibility of the city. Built between 1911 and 1914 by the man who established the first hydro-generating plant at Niagara Falls, Casa Loma was abandoned after the family went bankrupt, remaining unoccupied until the city bought it in 1937. Most beloved by bridal parties for weddings, a better bet is next door at Spadina House Museum, a grand private home now capitalizing on the Downton Abbey craze with its period furnishings, and privileged lifestyle, on view.

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Casa Loma says
The former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt, Canada's famous castle is complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and beautiful 5-acre estate gardens (open May through October). A self-guided digital audio tour in 8 languages (English, French, Japanese, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and Korean) is available.
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Venue name: Casa Loma
Address: 1 Austin Terrace
M5R 1X8
Cross street: at Spadina Rd
Opening hours: Daily from 9:30am–5pm; last admission at 4:30pm
Transport: Subway Line 2 to Dupont or St Clair West Stations/Bus 127 Davenport
Price: $24; seniors or youth $18; children $14
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