Craigdarroch Castle
Craigdarroch Castle (ItkasanImages)

One of Victoria’s most iconic landmarks has reopened its doors to the public as of today.

Craigdarroch Castle has reopened to visitors on Monday, June 15, and going forward will offer facilitated tours for the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. everyday except Thursdays, throughout the summer.

The local castle closed its doors on March 16 in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Masks will be mandatory for all visitors and the castle will be following the appropriate policies and procedures established by the province.

The visitors centre and gift shop will also be open, but with enhanced safety protocols in place.

The Jingle Pot Café will remain closed for the remainder of the year, but Craigdarroch Castle says they will still be able to accommodate small weddings and other events, according to a statement.

“We are looking forward to welcoming local visitors back to the Castle beginning today,” said John Hughes, the castle’s executive director.

“A visit to Craigdarroch Castle offers a great homeschooling educational opportunity, a chance to visit a local landmark and a fun day out with family or friends.”

Castle tours will run 75 minutes and can accommodate up to eight people.

Tours for immune-compromised and high-risk individuals will also be offered, and will be available during the first tour of the day on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

More information and tour bookings are available on Craigdarroch Castle’s website.