Casa Loma is located on a hill just a short drive from Downtown Toronto. I was staying at the Radisson Harbourfront in Toronto, when I made the trip to Casa Loma. There were a few public transit options, but I was short on time, so I opted for UberPOOL. It was $10 each way, but we caught some heavy traffic on the way to the castle causing the trip to take almost an hour (same as public transit). The ride home was a quick 20 minutes. Admission to the castle is $27 for adults, but you can get a discount if you purchase the Toronto CityPASS. I highly recommend a visit to this Toronto Castle Casa Loma if you are in Toronto.
After purchasing a ticket on the main floor, you are directed downstairs to grab an audio guide and view a short film in the former swimming pool. You’ll also see the wine cellar and a cafe on the lower level. If you are short on time, you can skip the film. I also opted not to use the audio guide.
Inside the Castle
This first floor room has been converted into a steak restaurant. You can have a fine dining experience inside the castle now. This photo also shows the intricate detail of the castle.
This is the conservatory inside the castle on the first floor. Here you can see a variety of plants and the beautiful stained glass ceiling. The floor is made of italian marble, but local Ontario marble is found on the side panels.
I loved getting a sneak peak inside the bedrooms. Sir Henry Pellatt and Lady Mary each had their own suite. Hers far larger than his. Mr. Pellatt was an avid hunter, and you can see his tiger skin rug on the floor here. The walls are made of mahogany and walnut.
Lady Mary’s room was a painted Wedgwood Blue, still decorated with antiques.
It’s quite a hike up spiral staircases to the tower. Not too many stairs, but certainly not easy for anyone with walking issues, so keep that in mind. If you are up for the adventure, the tower provides a lovely view of the castle, gardens, and downtown Toronto.
The gardens are home to a variety of plant species, a fountain, a walking path, and spectacular city and castle views. I stopped by the gelato stand before strolling through the gardens. Workers in the garden were setting up for the haunted house exhibit that was to open soon. You can probably spot a few spooky decorations in the photos below.
An afternoon at Casa Loma is a wonderful way to spend time in Toronto. It’s peaceful and beautiful, while providing stunning views of the city. it’s definitely worth the short trip for any castle lovers!