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.

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!


Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn

Saturday, July 22, 2017 to Sunday, July 23, 2017
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn

Saturday, July 22, 2017 to Sunday, July 23, 2017
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Cooking Workshop: Pastry

Saturday, July 29, 2017
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

This historic cooking workshop begins in the remarkable historic kitchen below stairs where a costumed cook will provide an amusing hands-on sessio

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn

Saturday, July 29, 2017 to Sunday, July 30, 2017
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn

Saturday, July 29, 2017 to Sunday, July 30, 2017
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn

Saturday, August 5, 2017 to Sunday, August 6, 2017
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn

Saturday, August 5, 2017 to Sunday, August 6, 2017
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Cooking Workshop – Seed to Table

Saturday, August 12, 2017
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Dundurn’s costumed cook will provide an amusing hands-on session, in the historic kitchen below stairs using garden-inspired historic recipes and p

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn

Saturday, August 12, 2017 to Sunday, August 13, 2017
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn

Saturday, August 12, 2017 to Sunday, August 13, 2017
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

The Heights: A War of 1812 Tour of Dundurn

Saturday, August 19, 2017
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

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

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn

Saturday, August 19, 2017 to Sunday, August 20, 2017
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn

Saturday, August 19, 2017 to Sunday, August 20, 2017
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Dundurn at Dusk

Friday, August 25, 2017
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join costumed gardeners for a special evening garden tour featuring the sights and scents of flowering plants best enjoyed at night.

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn

Saturday, August 26, 2017 to Sunday, August 27, 2017
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn

Saturday, August 26, 2017 to Sunday, August 27, 2017
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn

Saturday, September 2, 2017 to Sunday, September 3, 2017
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn

Saturday, September 2, 2017 to Sunday, September 3, 2017
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

We Remember

Friday, November 10, 2017 to Sunday, November 12, 2017
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

On Remembrance Day we acknowledge the struggle of men and women in their work toward the goal of peace.

First Day of Christmas

Sunday, November 26, 2017
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

Victorian Christmas

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 to Sunday, December 3, 2017
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

Victorian Christmas Delights: Historic Cooking Workshop

Saturday, December 2, 2017
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Enjoy an authentic Victorian Christmas cooking experience at Dundurn.

Dough-Re-Me: Historic Cooking Workshop

Sunday, December 3, 2017
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Come to Dundurn for family fun and prepare some tasty treats in the historic kitchen below stairs.

Victorian Christmas

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 to Sunday, December 10, 2017
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

Christmas Evening Tours

Friday, December 8, 2017 to Sunday, December 10, 2017
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 12, 2017 to Sunday, December 17, 2017
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

Christmas Evening Tours

Friday, December 15, 2017 to Sunday, December 17, 2017
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 19, 2017 to Sunday, December 24, 2017
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

Christmas Evening Tours

Friday, December 22, 2017 to Sunday, December 24, 2017
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 26, 2017 to Sunday, December 31, 2017
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: Holiday Evening Tour

Thursday, December 28, 2017 to Friday, December 29, 2017
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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