Real Life Castles You Can Visit Near Toronto

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Whether you’re looking for the ultimate wedding destination, or simply looking to experience what it feels like to be the king/queen of your own massive property, there are no shortage of cool and creepy castles nearby! So roll out the red carpet, because here are some of the coolest castles you can check out within an hour or two drive!
 

Casa Loma

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Casa Loma is undoubtedly one of Toronto’s most frequented tourist destinations. Located between St. Clair and Davenport on Spadina, Casa Loma is a spectacular gem that with an unscathed view of the Toronto skyline. Because of its size and remarkable facade, this historic house museum is now home to many events including weddings, escape rooms, themed nights and so much more.

Casa Loma is also a very popular filming location for movies, and has been featured in films such as X-Men, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Pacifier and more.
 

Castle Kilbride

It may not look like your idea of a castle, but Castle Kilbride has been recognized as such by the Canadian government, and was legally declared a National Historic Site of Canada. Location just a short ride to Waterloo, this former residence of Canadian politician and businessman James Livingston is nothignto sneeze at.

The 10,00 square foot castle sits at the foot of a heart-shaped garden, built as a tribute to Livingston’s love for his wife Louise. So next time you want to do something romantic for your partner, this would be the place to go!
 

Chelster Hall

Okay, this one isn’t your typical old-school castle, but we couldn’t not include it. This $65-million mansion in Oakville Ontario is one of the most outrageous homes in all of Canada. Originally built as a dream home for the former CEO of Interbrew, this building was designed to replicate the Jacobean architecture of Blicking Castle in Norfolk, and stand the test of time just as it’s influence did (500 years later).

Sitting at a whopping 47,00 Square feet, this gorgeous property comes complete with a chapel, a gatehouse, a lakeside pavilion and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Since this is private property, we strongly encourage you not to try to enter the property, rather take a stroll from downtown Oakville and get your pictures from outside the gates.
 

Dundurn Castle

This gorgeous historic site located in Hamilton might just be the reason you were looking for to head to the Hammer for the day. The 19,000 square-foot castle took three years and $175,000 to build back in 1835, which is valued at $3.2 million these days. Still, that’s a bit of a steal considering what homes are going for these days.
 

Euclid Hall (Keg Mansion)

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This is one castle that you not only can visit, but eat in as well! Nowadays Euclid Hall goes by the name Keg Mansion, the flagship location of the steak chain. Originally built in 1867 by Arthur McMaster, nephew of William McMaster, the property was later purchased in 1873 by Hart Massey (of Massey Hall). The Massey’s purchase of the property became the start of a dark and nefarious string of tragedies: Massey’s daughter died from sickness in the house, one of the maids hanged herself and a little boy fell down some stairs and died. Many say the building is haunted, and some claim they have seen the little boy on the stairs. There are also laods of other reports of creepy
 

George Elias Tuckett House

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Built in 1896 for George Elias Tuckett, 27th mayor of Hamilton and Tobacco tycoon, this iron-clad castle is now the current meeting spot for the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. While it is one of the most beautiful buildings in downtown Hamilton, many say the building is haunted by ghosts!

 

Willistead Manor

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Located just outside of Windsor, the Willstead Manor is a popular spot for engagement photos, weddings and celebrations of all kinds. Hopefully you can nudge your engaged friends to pick this vintage beauty as their wedding destination, but if you can’t, don’t fret — public tours are available from July to December.

 

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