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.

Get the most out of your Casa Loma Admission
Get the most out of your 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.
Your Casa Loma Admission includes audio tours, full day access, and more.
Your Casa Loma Admission includes audio tours, full day access, and more.

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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.

Make the most out of your Casa Loma Admission
Make the most out of your Casa Loma Admission

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 lobby is the first stop after paying Casa Loma Admission
The lobby is the first stop after paying Casa Loma Admission

 

Audio tours are included in your Casa Loma Admission. Check out the lobby before going further!
Audio tours are included in your Casa Loma Admission. Check out the lobby before going further!

 

The incredible organ at Casa Loma
The incredible organ at Casa Loma

 

The incredible organ at Casa Loma
The incredible organ at Casa Loma

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Blueblood Steakhouse

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.

Check out the Bluebloods Steakhouse with your Casa Loma Admission
Check out the Blueblood Steakhouse with your Casa Loma Admission

 

The Bluebloods Steakhouse is the new upscale and elegant restaurant inside Casa Loma
The Blueblood Steakhouse is the new upscale and elegant restaurant inside Casa Loma

 

The Bluebloods Steakhouse is the new upscale and elegant restaurant inside Casa Loma
The Blueblood Steakhouse is the new upscale and elegant restaurant inside Casa Loma

 

Tribute to Prince inside the Casa Loma

 

Tribute to Prince inside the Casa Loma
Tribute to Prince inside the Casa Loma

 

The decor is custom made and very luxurious inside the Oak Room at Casa Loma
The decor is custom made and very luxurious inside the Oak Room at Casa Loma

 

The decor is custom made and very luxurious inside the Oak Room at Casa Loma
The decor is custom made and very luxurious inside the Oak Room at Casa Loma

 

The Bluebloods Steakhouse is the perfect venue for a celebration
The Blueblood Steakhouse is the perfect venue for a celebration

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.

The Library

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.

The library in Casa Loma has hosted wedding receptions and dances throughout the decades
The library in Casa Loma has hosted wedding receptions and dances throughout the decades.

 

The library in Casa Loma has hosted wedding receptions and dances throughout the decades
The library in Casa Loma has hosted wedding receptions and dances throughout the decades

 

The extensive library collection in the Casa Loma
The extensive library collection in the Casa Loma

 

The Casa Loma Library
The Casa Loma Library

 

The dining room in the library is a gorgeous display of antique ornate furniture inside the Casa Loma
The dining room in the library is a gorgeous display of antique ornate furniture inside the Casa Loma

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The Conservatory

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.

The Conservatory is a great room to explore in the Casa Loma
The Conservatory is a great room to explore in the Casa Loma

 

The Conservatory is a great room to explore in the Casa Loma
The Conservatory is a great room to explore in the Casa Loma

 

Selfies in the Conservatory at the Casa Loma
Selfies in the Conservatory at the Casa Loma

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.

Mrs Pellatt's Bedroom - see it with your Casa Loma Admission on the audio tour
Mrs Pellatt’s Bedroom – see it with your Casa Loma Admission on the audio tour

 

The Wedgewood motif is prominently displayed in Mrs Pellatt's chambers
The Wedgwood motif is prominently displayed in Mrs Pellatt’s chambers

 

The Wedgewood motif is prominently displayed in Mrs Pellatt's chambers
The Wedgwood motif is prominently displayed in Mrs Pellatt’s chambers

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.

Henry Pallett's Bedroom - see this on the tour included with your Casa Loma Admission
Henry Pallett’s Bedroom – see this on the tour included with your Casa Loma Admission

 

Henry Pallett's Bedroom - see this on the tour included with your Casa Loma Admission
Henry Pallett’s Bedroom – see this on the tour included with your Casa Loma Admission

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 Casa Loma study housing the Secret Passageway
The Casa Loma study housing the Secret Passageway

 

The incredible antique typewriter in Casa Loma's study
The incredible antique typewriter in Casa Loma’s study.

 

Follow the Signs for the Secret Passageway in Casa Loma
Follow the Signs for the Secret Passageway in Casa Loma.

 

The Secret Passageway in Casa Loma
The Secret Passageway in Casa Loma.

 

We are heading up the Secret Passageway in Casa Loma...
We are heading up the Secret Passageway in Casa Loma…

 

We are heading up the Secret Passageway in Casa Loma...
We are heading up the Secret Passageway in Casa Loma…

 

We are heading up the Secret Passageway in Casa Loma...
We are heading up the Secret Passageway in Casa Loma…

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.

One of the beautiful dining rooms to see with your Casa Loma Admission
One of the beautiful dining rooms to see with your Casa Loma Admission

 

Casa Loma sitting room
Casa Loma sitting room

 

Casa Loma sitting room
Casa Loma sitting room

 

Another incredible decoratively ornate room in the Casa Loma
Another incredible decoratively ornate room in the Casa Loma

 

Another incredible decoratively ornate room in the Casa Loma
Another incredible decoratively ornate room in the Casa Loma

 

Pass this room with the empty chair to get outside to take panoramic views of Toronto
Pass this room with the empty chair to get outside to take panoramic views of Toronto

 

City Views from atop Casa Loma
City Views from atop Casa Loma

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.

The Underground Tunnel in Casa Loma
The Underground Tunnel in Casa Loma

 

The vintage Casa Loma Hotel sign housed in the underground tunnel
The vintage Casa Loma Hotel sign housed in the underground tunnel

 

The vintage car collection - check it out. It is included in your Casa Loma Admission
The vintage car collection – check it out. It is included in your Casa Loma Admission

 

The vintage car collection - check it out. It is included in your Casa Loma Admission
The vintage car collection – check it out. It is included in your Casa Loma Admission

 

the Antique Car collection at the Casa Loma
the Antique Car collection at the Casa Loma
the Antique Car collection at the Casa Loma
the Antique Car collection at the Casa Loma

The Greenhouse

The greenhouse beside the antique car garage at the Casa Loma
The greenhouse beside the antique car garage at the Casa Loma

 

The greenhouse beside the antique car garage at the Casa Loma
The greenhouse beside the antique car garage at the Casa Loma

 

The greenhouse beside the antique car garage at the Casa Loma
The greenhouse beside the antique car garage at the Casa Loma

The Stables

The Stables at Casa Loma
The Stables at Casa Loma

 

The Stables at Casa Loma
The Stables at Casa Loma

The Basement

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.

A screen shows a montage of the various movies filmed on Casa Loma property
A screen shows a montage of the various movies filmed on Casa Loma property

 

Movie Posters of those filmed on site adorn the Casa Loma basement walls
Movie Posters of those filmed on site adorn the Casa Loma basement walls

 

Movie Posters of those filmed on site adorn the Casa Loma basement walls
Movie Posters of those filmed on site adorn the Casa Loma basement walls

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.

Enjoy a Sangria at the Terrace Cafe in the Casa Loma
Enjoy a Sangria at the Terrace Cafe in the Casa Loma

 

Enjoy a Sangria at the Terrace Cafe in the Casa Loma
Enjoy a Sangria at the Terrace Cafe in the Casa Loma

 

Eat lunch at the Terrace Cafe - Gain access with your Casa Loma Admission
Eat a fish and chips lunch at the Terrace Cafe – Gain access with your Casa Loma Admission

 

Delightful burgers at the Terrace Cafe in the Casa Loma
Delightful burgers at the Terrace Cafe in the Casa Loma

 

The coffee is great in the Casa Loma courtyard
The coffee is great in the Casa Loma courtyard

The Views from the Terrace Cafe in the Casa Loma

The Views from the Terrace Cafe at Casa Loma
The Views from the Terrace Cafe at Casa Loma

 

The Views from the Terrace Cafe at Casa Loma
The Views from the Terrace Cafe at Casa Loma

 

The beautiful views of the Casa Loma Grounds from the Terrace Cafe
The beautiful views of the Casa Loma Grounds from the Terrace Cafe

 

Casa Loma Selfie
Casa Loma Selfie

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.

The Summer Line-up of concerts are included in your Casa Loma Admission
The Summer Line-up of concerts are included in your Casa Loma Admission

 

The Summer Line-up of concerts are included in your Casa Loma Admission
The Summer Line-up of concerts are included in your Casa Loma Admission

 

The Summer Line-up of concerts are included in your Casa Loma Admission
The Summer Line-up of concerts are included in your Casa Loma Admission

 

The Summer Line-up of concerts are included in your Casa Loma Admission
The Summer Line-up of concerts are included in your Casa Loma Admission

 

The Summer Line-up of concerts are included in your Casa Loma Admission
The Summer Line-up of concerts are included in your Casa Loma Admission

 

The Summer Line-up of concerts are included in your Casa Loma Admission
The Summer Line-up of concerts are included in your Casa Loma Admission

 

The Summer Line-up of concerts are included in your Casa Loma Admission
The Summer Line-up of concerts are included in your Casa Loma Admission

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.

Enjoy Exclusive menu options at the pre-concert dinner at the Casa Loma
Enjoy Exclusive menu options at the pre-concert dinner at the Casa Loma

 

Enjoy Exclusive menu options at the pre-concert dinner at the Casa Loma
Enjoy Exclusive menu options at the pre-concert dinner at the Casa Loma

 

Enjoy Exclusive menu options at the pre-concert dinner at the Casa Loma
Enjoy Exclusive menu options at the pre-concert dinner at the Casa Loma

 

Enjoy Exclusive menu options at the pre-concert dinner at the Casa Loma
Enjoy Exclusive menu options at the pre-concert dinner at the Casa Loma

 

Enjoy a Sangria at the Casa Loma Concert
Enjoy a Sangria at the Casa Loma Concert

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.

Casa Loma at Night is Magical
Casa Loma at Night is Magical

 

Casa Loma at Night is Magical
Casa Loma at Night is Magical

 

Casa Loma at Night is Magical
Casa Loma at Night is Magical

 

Casa Loma at Night is Magical
Casa Loma at Night is Magical

 

Casa Loma at Night is Magical
Casa Loma at Night is Magical

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