I visited the grounds of Dundurn Castle several times in 2012 and then yesterday, I finally made it inside for a guided tour. Wow, what a stunning property this is.
I’ve been wanting to see Dundurn since I was a kid because my Mom would talk about playing there when she was little. Since I moved to Hamilton six years ago, I’ve driven by many times and now I’m delighted to have visited the whole property, inside and out.
If you’re not familiar with Dundurn Castle, here is some background information:
- built by Sir Allan MacNab in the 1830’s on a high promontory overlooking Hamilton Harbour in the northwest corner of the city
- restored to reflect the MacNab’s lifestyle in 1855 when MacNab was “at the height of his career as a lawyer, landowner, railway magnate and Premier of the United Canada’s” according to the City of Hamilton’s website
- the property is a designated national historic site
- the City took ownership of the property in 1900 and the grounds became more of a public park with a baseball diamond, petting zoo, parking lots and a dance pavilion
- the beautiful landscaped grounds have since been restored to reflect MacNab’s original vision
- there are 40 restored rooms that the public can view ranging from the basement’s working areas and servant quarters to the opulent dining room, drawing room and bedrooms of the MacNab family
- the home was very advanced for it’s time with running water, gas lights, huge basement windows and a flushing toilet
I hope you’ll enjoy the eye candy of these Dundurn Castle pictures – although it is much better to see everything in person. You can find tour times and special events listed on the City’s website. These pics are presented chronologically from spring to late summer and then a jump to yesterday when the Castle was decked out for the holidays.
(And now as I begin uploading my photos, I realize there is not one to show the whole front of the mansion! Egads.)