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.
William Reid was Sir Allan’s gardener for over 25 years. Explore the lovingly restored two-acre Historic Kitchen Garden where costumed staff grow over 200 heirloom varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers for use in the historic kitchen. Open mid-May through mid-October. Enjoy free garden tours in July and August.
The 1870’s Coach House is home to The Castle Shop featuring a variety of Canadian handmade crafts, souvenirs and special gifts. The former Hayloft on the upper level is a unique meeting and reception facility that can accommodate up to 120 guests.
Buy your general admission tickets online to Dundurn Castle
To accelerate the on-site registration process, ticket-holders are asked to complete a COVID-19 self-assessment on the day of their visit.
Admission includes a 1 hour guided tour of Dundurn Castle and admission to The Hamilton Military Museum. Tickets must be purchased in advance online (see “Buy Online” link below) and are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your tour start time. While walk-in visitors are accommodated when possible, priority is given to ticket-holders. The Historic Kitchen Garden is open from June to October for free self-guided tours.
Regular admission rates and hours of operation apply to all events unless otherwise indicated.
- $14 for adults ages 18 to 59
- $12 for seniors ages 60 and above
- $12 for students ages 13 to 17. Students must show valid student ID
- $8 for children ages 6 to 12
- FREE for children ages 5 and under – free tickets must be obtained to ensure social distancing
- $38 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.
Location & hours
Free on-site parking.
The Museum is open year-round.
- Tuesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 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 $200 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 Museums Events
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. Other National Historic Sites in the series include: Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Whitehern Historic House & Garden and Hamilton & Scourge shipwrecks National Historic Site.
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