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Group Tour Policies

  • Qualification for a group rate for day trip packages is a minimum of 15 people, unless otherwise specified. Qualification for the evening group rate at Dundurn Castle is a minimum of 30 people.
  • Numbers will be confirmed four days prior to arrival.
  • Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • Prices are quoted in Canadian currency and include all applicable taxes and gratuities.
  • Fair exchange is always given on U.S. currency.
  • A credit card application must be received and accepted prior to having invoicing privileges.

Confirmation Policies

Museum Visits:
Our group tour department will call four (4) days prior to arrival to confirm the guaranteed number of passengers.

Day Trip Packages:
Our group tour department will call four (4) days prior to arrival to confirm the guaranteed number of passengers and their entrée selections (if applicable).

If the numbers change after confirmation, we will charge for the number confirmed or the actual number arriving, whichever is greater.

Complimentary Policies

One complimentary admission and meal (if dining on site) will be provided for every 20 paid persons. Applicable to group leader, professional escort/driver only.






Create Your Own Workshop

Look to Dundurn Castle for an unforgettable group event you create yourself! Three package options have been developed for you to create a workshop designed to suit the interests of your guests!

*Please note that some museums are only partially wheelchair accessible. Call museum for more details.

More about Create Your Own Workshop

Group Tour Packages

Homes and Gardens

Explore the former residence of Sir Allan MacNab with a costumed interpreter. This beautiful mid-19th-century home illustrates the life of an upper-class Canadian family and its servants. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Café @ THE GARDENS, followed by a two-hour guided tour of Canada's largest botanical garden.

  • Available: May - Thanksgiving
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Add Whitehern Historic House and Garden to your package for an additional $4.00.

To book, please contact:
Royal Botanical Gardens
905-527-1158 ext. 273

Glorious Gardens

Cherish a guided tour of Ontario's Royal Botanical Gardens featuring 1,100 hectares (2,700 acres) of magnificent, cultivated garden areas and spectacular nature sanctuaries, followed by a delicious lunch at the Café @ THE GARDENS at Royal Botanical Gardens.

Often referred to as an "oasis" in Hamilton's downtown core, Whitehern's ornamental, terraced gardens were designed by celebrated landscape architect and founder of Sheridan Nurseries, H.B. Dunington-Grubb. This beautiful walled garden is home to many beautiful flowering plants, shrubs and a variety of trees, including several 150-year-old pear and apricot trees. The McQuesten family, who lived at Whitehern, had a love of nature and gardens that lasted many generations. Costumed staff are honoured to show our guests how we continue to honour the memory of the family through our stewardship of their beautiful gardens.

Stroll through seven acres of woodland and gardens at picturesque Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum. Experienced volunteer gardeners from the Ancaster Horticultural Society will be on hand to assist you in your exploration of our prize-winning chemical-free naturalized gardens and answer questions regarding the cultivation of various species. Complete your visit with a walk along the Rotary Trail in this lovely little corner of Ancaster.

  • Available: May - mid-October
  • Duration: 6 hours

To book, please contact:
Royal Botanical Gardens
905-527-1158 ext. 273

Superior Homes and Gardens

Explore Dundurn Castle built in the 1830's by Sir Allan Napier MacNab, who became Premier of the United Provinces of Canada from 1854 to 1856. Today, visitors led by costumed Historical Interpreters enjoy guided tours of the 40-room home the design of which was romantically inspired by a grand Italianate villa. Restored to the year 1855, Dundurn Castle tells the story of the small family who lived above stairs, and the corps of servants who lived and worked below stairs to support their gracious lifestyle.

Explore the heritage of Victorian ideas and possessions that influenced life at Whitehern on the eve of W.W. II when the niceties of a bygone era were about to disappear forever. The house today has a multi-layered character that reflects the alterations made by three generations of the McQuestens. It contains elements from many time periods -- Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian -- all overlaid with original possessions dating up to 1939 when the Honorable Thomas McQuesten was Minister of Highways.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Café @ THE GARDENS, and a two-hour guided tour of Canada’s largest botanical garden.

  • Available: May - Thanksgiving
  • Duration: 5 hours

To book, please contact:
Royal Botanical Gardens
905-527-1158 ext. 273

The Ambitious City - Gracious Houses and Temples of Industry

The success of a 19th -century city depended on the dreams of many. The ambition to own an industry went hand in hand with the desire to build a home, in keeping with one's means and status. For immigrant workers the ambition to have a home of one's own was equally strong. Around imposing factory sites, workers' cottages clustered in contrast with gracious neighbourhoods of splendid homes owned by wealthy industrialists.

Tour a true "temple of industry" at the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology, an 1859 waterworks powered by giant steam engines, travel through the changing immigrant workers' districts with a knowledgeable step-on-guide, and finish with a visit to Whitehern Historic House & Garden, the preserved home of Dr. Calvin McQuesten, owner of one of the city's first iron foundries, which became the forerunner of "the Steel City's" best known industry.

Both attractions are designated National Historic Sites of Canada.

  • Available: Year-round
  • Duration: 4 hours

To book, please contact:
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

Call Tourism Hamilton for restaurant recommendations: 905-546-2666 or 1-800-263-8590.

A Toast to the Past

Step over the threshold of Battlefield House Museum & Park and step back in time to witness 200 years of Canadian culture. A costumed interpreter will guide you through this early 19th -century home, complete with period furniture and décor. Enjoy a visit to Kittling Ridge Winery for a guided tour of the wine and spirit-making cellars followed by a tutored tasting and some time to browse the gift shop. Discover Puddicombe Estate Farms and Winery, a 208 year old family run farm, and take pleasure in a guided tour followed by a tasting of three quality wines. Enjoy a famous country lunch at Puddicombe Farms.

  • Available: Year-round
  • 4 ½ hours

To book, please call:
Puddicombe Farms

Freedom, Love, Tragedy and Ruins - An Historical Journey

From hilltop vistas to shady dells, the Ancaster region of the Dundas Valley offers a picturesque landscape rich with history. With its woodland and waterfalls, the area attracted early settlers seeking sites for mills and property through land grants. Explore this more than 200 year old town and five of its lovely and fascinating historic sites, each with its own unique story.

"Follow the North Star" to the Griffin House, former home of Enerals Griffin who escaped from slavery to find freedom and a farm in Canada in the early 1800's. Set on a hilltop, this wooden clapboard house will capture your heart with its breathtaking view and its story of strength and determination. A short jaunt up the road will find you at Woodend, the charming and elegant former home of Ancaster's first reeve. Within its four walls however it holds a dark secret - the murder of its owner in 1891. Travel further along Mineral Springs Road to The Hermitage, once a magnificent estate, now existing only in ruins. This site too is haunted by stories of love and tragedy. Finally, discover Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum, the cultural heritage centre of Ancaster, set amidst seven and a half acres of woodland and award-winning gardens. Explore the grounds, or visit the latest exhibit or gift shop.

  • Available: May - mid-October
  • Duration: 5 hours

To book, please contact:
Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Call Tourism Hamilton for restaurant recommendations: 905-546-2666 or 1-800-263-8590.

The Hamilton Farmers' Market

  • The perfect addition to any day trip package!
  • Enjoy a personal on-board welcome for all pre-booked tour groups and the presentation of a lovely gift item to the tour escort… an excellent raffle item for the trip home.
  • Available: Year-round