Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn National Historic Site


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  • The Museum is open year-round. Tuesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 4 pm. The last tour starts at 3:30 pm. Closed on Mondays, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Depending on availability, we will open outside of regular hours for pre-booked groups.
  • See website for details. The Hamilton Military Museum is FREE with admission to Dundurn Castle
  • Partially Accessible
  • Large Print
  • Assistive Listening Systems
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking
  • Guided Tours
  • Heritage Garden
  • Wi-Fi
  • Public Transportation
  • Wedding Services
  • Facilities Rental

Dundurn Castle
Discover this 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830s 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 DundurnCastle 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. Experience unique and engaging cooking, craft and gardening workshops or customdesign your own for groups of 15 or more.

The Kitchen Garden at Dundurn
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.

The Hamilton Military Museum
Burlington Heights, where Dundurn Castle and The Hamilton Military Museum now stand, was occupied by the British military from 1813 -1815. Built as a gate house by Sir Allan MacNab in the late 1830s atop a battery from the War of 1812, this building known as Battery Lodge, now houses The Hamilton Military Museum.

The Coach House at Dundurn
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.

Website: www.hamilton.ca/dundurn

Type: Community Museum | Living History Site