1 Austin Terrace
Toronto, Canada M5R1X
Casa Loma Description
Tunnels, towers and secret passages bring gleam to their eyes as kids tour the halls of this historical castle and climb 80 feet to the top. The fact that it was built by a knight and used in the movies only adds to the lore. Special events in the courtyard, stairs that twist and turn eight stories to the top and the gargoyles on top of the turrets lend themselves to fanciful story telling all the way home.
Babies: Strollers will only get you so far before you'll run into trouble. The upper floors of the castle require you to climb steep, narrow, winding stairs that will be nerve-wracking with baby in hand and impossible with a stroller. Children 3 and younger are free.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Keep a close eye on the upper floors where there's a temptation to climb the railings (could be a bad fall). Tucker kids out beforehand by having them count the 110 steps that lead up to the castle or a quick game of tag in the parkette next door.
School-Age Kids: They'll be itching to walk the 800-foot tunnel over to the gardens and stables. If you aren't willing to make the trek (there and back) stay away from the entrance in the basement or risk a meltdown.
- Stroller-free. You'll only get so far with your wheels. Stairs are steep and narrow.
- Prep for lunch. Neighbourhood pickings are slim to none. Pack a lunch you can enjoy outside the castle or pick up sandwiches at the Druxy's deli on the lower level .
Just the Facts
Hours: Casa Loma is open daily 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.). Closes at 1 p.m. on December 24 and is closed December 25.
Recommended Time: 1 - 2 hours