Ever since childhood, I was intrigued with castles. It seemed every fairytale had a castle: from Rapunzel’s lonely tower, to the grand ballroom where Cinderella first met her prince!
While living in Germany and Scotland I had the opportunity to visit real medieval castles; Neuschwanstein in Germany and Edinburgh Castle in Scotland are magical! I have a postcard collection of castles that keep me dreaming. Not that I’d actually want to live in one–too big to clean and I don’t have a maid or butler.
Here in Ontario we have Casa Loma in Toronto and Dundurn Castle in Hamilton. Although they aren’t actually castles where kings and queens once lived (both are now museums) they are magnificent mansions with interesting history and great places for day trips in Southern Ontario.
Dundurn Castle is a national historic site which gives us a glimpse of how a very wealthy family lived in Hamilton during the 19th century. The mansion was completed in 1835 and it certainly impressed my grandson.
A magical day trip to Dundurn Castle
Have you ever been in a castle?