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Time Out says

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.

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.



Address: 1 Austin Terrace
M5R 1X8
Cross street: at Spadina Rd
Transport: Subway Line 2 to Dupont or St Clair West Stations/Bus 127 Davenport
Price: $24; seniors or youth $18; children $14
Opening hours: Daily from 9:30am–5pm; last admission at 4:30pm
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