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 during the War of 1812.
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. Her Majesty, The Queen Consort 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 Historic Kitchen Garden where costumed staff grow over 200 heirloom varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers for use in the historic kitchen. The Historic Kitchen Garden is open mid-May through mid-October for free self-guided tours, educational programs and pre-booked guided tours.
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.
Admission to Dundurn Castle is by guided tour only (approx. 1 hr in length) and includes admission to The Hamilton Military Museum. Tickets can be purchased in advance online (see “Buy Online” link below) and are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Walk-in visitors are accommodated when possible, however, tour times sell out at busy times, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your tour start time. The Historic Kitchen Garden is open mid-May through mid-October for self-guided tours.
Dundurn Castle and The Hamilton Military Museum are partially wheelchair accessible. Please call for more details.
Strollers and infant carriers may not be taken through Dundurn Castle on tour. There is an indoor area where strollers can be parked while on tour.
Regular admission rates and hours of operation apply to all events unless otherwise indicated.
FREE - Infants five years old or younger
$8.75 - Children ages 6 to 12
$12.25 - Students ages 13 to 17, must show valid student ID
$14.25 - Adults ages 18 to 59
$12.25 - Seniors ages 60 and above
$39.50 - Family of two adults and unlimited dependent children under 18 years old
Hours & Holiday Closures
Tuesday to Sunday from 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 $205 permit is required for all outdoor photography involving 10 or more people. Please call the museum to book your time.