Dundurn National Historic Site

Hamilton Civic Museums - Owned and operated by the City of Hamilton www.hamilton.ca/museums - Dundurn Castle National Historic Site

Experience a guided tour of this 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830’s on Burlington Heights; the former site of a fortified military encampment established by the British in 1813. Once home to Sir Allan Napier MacNab, railway magnate, lawyer and Premier of the United Canadas (1854-1856) and his family, today Dundurn Castle tells the story of the family who lived above stairs and the servants who lived and worked below stairs to support their affluent lifestyle. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is the museum’s Patron and the great, great, great granddaughter of Sir Allan MacNab.

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Regular admission rates and hours of operation apply to all events unless otherwise indicated.

  • $11.50 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $9.50 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $9.50 for students ages 13 to 17. Students must show valid student ID
  • $6 for children ages 6 to 12
  • Infants who are five years old or younger visit for free
  • $30 for a family of two adults and unlimited dependent children under 18 years old

Full-price ticket includes admission to Dundurn Castle, the Kitchen Garden and The Hamilton Military Museum.

The museum is only partially wheelchair accessible. Call for more details.

We are located at:
610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3H1
Phone: 905-546-2872
Email: dundurn@hamilton.ca

The Museum is open year-round.

  • Tuesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 4 pm. The last tour starts at 4 pm.
  • Closed on Mondays, Good Friday, Canada Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Depending on availability, we will open outside of regular hours for pre-booked groups.

The purchase of a $170 permit is required for all outdoor photography involving 10 or more people. Please call the museum to book your time.

Weddings at Dundurn

Historic Cooking Workshops

Take a virtual tour

Social Gatherings - Rentals

Birthday Parties

Field Trips - Teachers

Group Tours

Corporate Rentals

Events at Dundurn

We host a variety of events, workshops and exhibitions at Dundurn National Historic Site throughout the year. No two trips are ever the same!

Victorian Christmas - Dundurn

First Day of Christmas
Sunday, November 22
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm

Visit Dundurn for the first day of its Victorian Christmas for free! Join costumed interpreters at the lavish home of Sir Allan MacNab and his family. The Castle will be decorated by The Garden Club of Hamilton. Please bring a non-perishable food item to help stock the Good Shepherd's pantry! Free event.
Victorian Christmas - Dundurn

Victorian Christmas
November 22 to January 3
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm

Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle. The Garden Club of Hamilton decorates the Castle in Victorian splendour with cedar boughs, ribbons and dried flowers. Bring your family and share a Hamilton holiday tradition. Closed on Mondays.
Victorian Christmas - Dundurn

Victorian Christmas Delights

Saturday, November 28
Time: 9 am to 12 noon

Enjoy an authentic Victorian Christmas cooking experience at Dundurn. Your culinary journey begins as you are greeted by costumed cooks who lead you below stairs to Dundurn's 19th century kitchen for a unique and entertaining experience preparing seasonal desserts! A tour of Dundurn decked out for the season is also included. Cost: $50 per person. Pre-registration required. Suitable for ages 14 years and older.


Sunday, November 29
Time: 9 am to 12 noon

Family fun is on the menu! Come to Dundurn and prepare some tasty treats in the historic kitchen below stairs. While your treats are baking in the oven, costumed interpreters will guide you on a tour of the home. Complete your visit with a tasting of your delicious treats. Cost: $55 for 1 adult and 1 child. $20 for each additional child. Pre-registration required. Suitable for ages 6 years and older.

Christmas Evening Tours
Weekends: December 4 to 6, 11 to 13 & 18 to 20
Time: 7 to 9 pm

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Begin your evening with carol-singing in the front hall, followed by an extended tour of Sir Allan MacNab's lavish home and a chance to sample an assortment of traditional Christmas foods served in Dundurn's historic kitchen. Cost: $27 per person. Pre-registration required.

Ring in the New Year
Sunday, December 27
Time: 7 to 9 pm

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for the holidays in the evening. Sir Allan MacNab was very proud of his Scottish Ancestry and celebrated the New Year surrounded by family and friends. Ring in the New Year at Dundurn with music, an extended tour of MacNab's lavish home and a chance to sample an assortment of traditional holiday foods served in the historic kitchen.  Cost: $27 per person. Pre-registration required.


Jerry Muskrat's Greatest Lakes Adventure!

Join Jerry as he rows his way through the cities, towns and parks of the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway in his series "The Greatest Lakes – a Jerry Muskrat™ Adventure!"

Video: Topper The Topmost Mouse takes Jerry Muskrat on a tour of the castle, and gives him a taste of the lifestyles of the Canadian rich and famous, around the year 1855.

This MOM (Multimedia Outreach Module) is part of a 5-episode story arc developed in partnership with the Hamilton Civic Museums owned and operated by the City of Hamilton. Other National Historic Sites in the series include the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Whitehern Historic House & Garden and the Hamilton & Scourge shipwrecks National Historic Site.

Watch the full series "The Greatest Lakes" a Jerry Muskrat Adventure at jerrymuskrat.com

Dundurn videos

Video: Take a look inside Dundurn Castle and life of its builder, Sir Allan MacNab.
Video: Come check out Christmas at the castle! There will be carols, harpists, and festive food for everyone.