The Best Guide to Making the Most of Your Casa Loma Admission in Toronto
Toronto – a metropolis I have called home for nearly 4 decades. Oh man, that’s the first utterance of my age I have made on here. But there you go. It’s out there. Toronto is a wonderful city full of things to see and do, cuisines to savour and appreciate, and landmarks that should be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s funny how when you live somewhere you take the iconic sights for granted and only see them when you’re in school on a forced trip or when you are hosting visitors from outside the city. And that’s what happened with Casa Loma – Toronto’s regal and most incredible castle. I headed there this summer to check out this must-see on every Toronto itinerary and seriously made the most out of my Casa Loma admission.
Casa Loma Fun Facts
- The Casa Loma’s architecture is considered a Gothic Revival design.
- The castle was built from 1911-1914.
- Henry Pellatt lived here and purchased the land in 1903 to build the current Casa Loma.
- 300 workers were required to complete the construction of Casa Loma.
- Back in 1911 it cost nearly $4 million dollars to build.
- The castle contains 98 rooms and is considered the largest private residence in Canada.
- A special suite was built and created for the Royal Family in the event they came to visit.
- The Oak Room on the main floor of the castle was converted into a swanky upscale steakhouse “Blue Bloods.”
- The Conservatory is a very popular spot in the castle for weddings and formal receptions.
- The library contains some very ancient manuscripts as well as fake books to create an extensive library facade for dances, receptions, and other events.
- Many movies in the past have filmed scenes within the castle. Some titles include Cocktail, the new Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Scott Pilgrim vs the World.
- There is a Group of Seven Gallery in the castle.
- Vintage cars from the early 1900’s are featured in the Casa Loma garage and have been on showcase to the public since 2014.
- Casa Loma now hosts escape rooms, haunted Halloween events, Christmas shows, and many more seasonal events.
- Casa Loma is one of the most popular wedding venues in Toronto.
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What is Included in Casa Loma Admission
With all attractions, there is of course a cost to enjoy the experience. Now that the castle is a heritage site within the city, you need to pay to see the grounds and enjoy the various experiences on the premises. Casa Loma admission is not the cheapest at $30.00 per person, but if you have a CAA membership, you can get a small discount.
The Casa Loma Audio Tour & Room Exploration
As mentioned above, there are 98 rooms in the Casa Loma! Head up five floors and learn about Henry Pellatt’s life and everything that was put into this incredible Toronto landmark. I personally liked the audio tour as with each stop on the tour, you are given historical and interesting information on various artifacts and events that took place in Pellatt’s time.
The most ornate and most decorated room in the castle, the Oak Room, was one spot Pellatt enjoyed entertaining his guests with cigars and smoking jackets. As it was one of the most incredible rooms in the castle, it was recently converted into one of the swankiest and luxurious steakhouse restaurants in the city – the Blueblood Steakhouse. Clad with custom-made chandeliers, leather booths, and carefully selected decor (not to mention the recently added tribute to Prince), this eatery is the perfect spot for a celebration, family dinner, or to impress a first date.
If you do feel like giving Blueblood Steakhouse a try, reservations are essential. You can view the menu here on their website. But do make sure you budget for your meal! It is quite a hefty price tag, but the ambiance should offset the expensive tab.
It was a wonderful experience heading into the library. My father told me about all the incredible dances he attended during his high school days in the 1950’s that were held in this very room. I had also heard about all the incredible wedding receptions held here. And after walking through, can totally understand why it is the most popular venue for weddings. Check out the books while you’re here. Some are quite antique, while others are fake to complete the wall-length collection.
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I love the conservatory! An indoor windowed room of plants, flowers, and natural lighting brings couples from all over to exchange vows, companies for business luncheons, and generates some of the most incredible photographs in the castle. If you’re planning a winter wedding, the conservatory is the perfect alternative for floral photographic backdrops.
Mrs. Pellatt’s Bedroom
As you continue through the castle, take advantage of the time to learn about the artifacts and rooms within the building. The bedrooms are quite fascinating. Mrs. Pellatt was a Wedgwood aficionado. You know, that British china of blue and white. As she loved the ornate design of the china, most of her room furniture and decor depicted this artwork. It truly made her chambers stand out among the rest.
Henry Pallett’s Bedroom
So you cannot get more elaborate than this! The matriarch of the Casa Loma certainly ensured his bed chambers were the classiest they could be in the early 1900’s. Although it certainly was incredible to see, I was a little sad to see the tiger rug. Back in the day ethical animal treatment was not as prominent and taken as seriously as it is now so do prepare yourself for seeing the odd taxidermy throughout the castle.
The Secret Passage
I was so stoked about this part of the castle! As an avid player and fan of the board game “Clue” I couldn’t wait to check out the secret passage in the castle! Head to the study on the main floor and follow the signs. Marvel at the desk and the super cool antique typewriter then proceed to the secret passage where drama and mystery will ensue…just don’t bring a candlestick, rope, or wrench with you…
The Other Upper Floor Rooms on the Casa Loma Tour
The bedrooms are not the only incredible rooms to check out while in the Castle. There are several others including sitting rooms, the royal suite should the Royal Family stop by, dining rooms, and more. Here is a sampling of the places to check out. You can also climb outside atop a tower and nab some incredible views and panoramic photos of the city.
The Casa Loma Tunnel to the Antique Cars, Stables and Greenhouse
Head to the bottom floor and take the underground tunnels that lead to the garage and greenhouse on the other side. Check out the amazing car collection dated from the early 1900’s, the original stables where Henry Pallett’s horses lived, and the greenhouse where some of Casa Loma’s most beautiful gardens and florals are grown during the colder months.
Continue to the basement in Casa Loma and check out footage from some of the many films that have had scenes completed on site. In particular, check out the posters for Cocktail, Chicago, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. After enjoying the montage and checking out the movie posters, a cafe and gift shop are open for afternoon snacks and souvenirs.
The Terrace Cafe
Hungry? In the warm months of spring and summer, this wonderful outdoor afresco setting gives diners incredible city and outdoor grounds views, a delightful menu of items, a wide selection of beverages, cocktails and espresso drinks, and great customer service under the sun. We highly recommend the Sangria, the poutine, and the fish and chips with homemade tarter sauce. Room for dessert? Have some delicious gelato.
The Views from the Terrace Cafe in the Casa Loma
The Concerts and Events Included with your Casa Loma Admission
During the year Casa Loma holds some incredible events for no extra fee. In the summer enjoy concerts each Tuesday featuring all genres of music! When we were there, we were enchanted by an orchestra and opera singer entertaining us with incredible renditions of such beauties as the Carmen opera and You Will Never Walk Alone from the stage production Carousel.
These events bring out the dressy side of Toronto with upscale cuisine curated and served by award-winning chefs, fascinator-clad women with their partners in polo duds. Enjoy a cocktail, rose wine, or cold beer as you enjoy the summer playlist in a tent decorated with crystal chandeliers, white curtains, and beautifully lined white chairs.
As you can see, there are so many reasons to go to Toronto’s historic castle and so much is included in your Casa Loma admission. Stay for a concert, join an escape room group, attend a seasonal event like the Halloween haunt or Christmas display, or simply tour the building and learn more about the incredible iconic landmark now protected by the city.
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