Dundurn 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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The Kitchen Garden

Rich, bountiful, and a pleasure to the senses, the kitchen garden at Dundurn, as at any fine Victorian home, provided an abundance of fashionable fruit, flowers, vegetables, and herbs, essential to the kitchen and dining room. William Reid was Sir Allan’s gardener for over 25 years. Explore his lovingly restored kitchen garden, where we use 1850’s tools and varieties to grow food for Dundurn Castle’s historic kitchen. Stop by the garden gate for the sights and scents of the 19th century.

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The Coach House

Housed in an 1870’s Coach House, this unique, meeting and reception facility can accommodate groups up to 88 people. The Coach House is also home to The Castle Shop, featuring a variety of Canadian handmade crafts, souvenirs and special gifts.

The Hamilton Military Museum

The tranquil landscape around The Hamilton Military Museum known as Burlington Heights was a centre of defense from 1813 to 1815. This was home to men, women and children connected to the British army and First Nations allies who came together during the conflict known as the War of 1812. The new exhibit Blood Ties to a Gentle Landscape tells the stories of people who lived here by connecting artifacts, personalities and modern-day descendants. Step back in time and meet the people tied by blood to this gentle landscape.

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Full-price ticket includes admission to Dundurn Castle, the Kitchen Garden (Open June to October) and The Hamilton Military Museum.

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
  • Children five years old or younger visit for free
  • $30 for a family of two adults and unlimited dependent children under 18 years old

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. Guided tours are approximately one hour and begin every 20 to 30 minutes
  • 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 $179 permit is required for all outdoor photography involving 10 or more people. Please call the museum to book your time.

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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! View all Hamilton Civic Museum Events


Historic Cooking Workshop: The Spice is Right

Saturday, August 18, 2018
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Under the guidance of our cook demonstrators try your hand at creating some Indian inspired Victorian food. 

Historic Garden Tours

Saturday, August 18, 2018
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours

Saturday, August 18, 2018
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours

Sunday, August 19, 2018
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours

Sunday, August 19, 2018
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Weeding Wednesday in Dundurn’s Kitchen Garden

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Looking to get your fingers in the dirt, learn something new? Join us for this free, drop-in program in Dundurn’s Kitchen Garden.

MacNab’s Kitchen

Saturday, August 25, 2018
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

In the 19th century servants were employed in large homes like Dundurn to do a variety of tasks such as washing, dusting, polishing and cooking.

Historic Garden Tours

Saturday, August 25, 2018
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours

Saturday, August 25, 2018
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

The Heights: A War of 1812 Tour of Dundurn National Historic Site

Sunday, August 26, 2018
9:30 am to 11:30 am

Dundurn Castle is built on the history of the War of 1812.

Historic Garden Tours

Sunday, August 26, 2018
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours

Sunday, August 26, 2018
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Weeding Wednesday in Dundurn’s Kitchen Garden

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Looking to get your fingers in the dirt, learn something new? Join us for this free, drop-in program in Dundurn’s Kitchen Garden.

Historic Garden Tours

Saturday, September 1, 2018
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours

Saturday, September 1, 2018
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours

Sunday, September 2, 2018
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

The Heights: A War of 1812 Tour of Dundurn National Historic Site

Sunday, September 9, 2018
9:30 am to 11:30 am

Dundurn Castle is built on the history of the War of 1812.

The Heights: A War of 1812 Tour of Dundurn National Historic Site

Sunday, September 16, 2018
9:30 am to 11:30 am

Dundurn Castle is built on the history of the War of 1812.

MacNab’s Kitchen

Saturday, September 22, 2018
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

In the 19th century servants were employed in large homes like Dundurn to do a variety of tasks such as washing, dusting, polishing and cooking.

MacNab’s Kitchen

Sunday, September 23, 2018
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

In the 19th century servants were employed in large homes like Dundurn to do a variety of tasks such as washing, dusting, polishing and cooking.

Historic Cooking Workshop: Pumpkins and Spice -The Untold Story

Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Participants will enjoy a hands-on cooking workshop of some traditional pumpkin recipes and their spices while learning about the history of this f

Cheers to Victory!

Friday, November 9, 2018
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag” and join the celebration as we commemorate the end of the Great War!

Peace at Last: A Centennial Celebration

Saturday, November 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

In commemoration of the end of the First World War and the celebrations which were held marking its end, join us for an afternoon of family-friendl

First Day of Christmas at Dundurn

Sunday, November 25, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Visit Dundurn for the first day of its Victorian Christmas for free.

Victorian Christmas

Sunday, November 25, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle.

Victorian Christmas

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 to Sunday, December 2, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle.

Historic Cooking Workshop: Victorian Christmas Delights

Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Enjoy an authentic Victorian Christmas cooking experience at Dundurn.

Historic Cooking Workshop: Dough-Re-Me

Sunday, December 2, 2018
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Family fun is on the menu! Come to Dundurn for family fun and prepare some tasty treats in the historic kitchen below stairs.

Victorian Christmas

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 to Sunday, December 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle.

Historic Cooking Workshop: Delicious Desserts

Friday, December 7, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Baking for the holidays is a large part of many household traditions.

Christmas Evening Tours

Saturday, December 8, 2018 to Sunday, December 9, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening.

Victorian Christmas

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 to Sunday, December 16, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle.

Christmas Evening Tours at Dundurn

Friday, December 14, 2018 to Sunday, December 16, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening.

Victorian Christmas

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 to Sunday, December 23, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle.

Christmas Evening Tours at Dundurn

Friday, December 21, 2018 to Sunday, December 23, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening.

Victorian Christmas

Thursday, December 27, 2018 to Sunday, December 30, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle.

Ring in the New Year

Thursday, December 27, 2018 to Saturday, December 29, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for the holidays in the evening.

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!"

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

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