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Dundurn National Historic Site

Discover mid-19th century Hamilton

Let's Explore Dundurn

Known as Dundurn Castle, this 40-room Italianate-style villa was built in the 1830s on Burlington Heights, also the site of a fortified military encampment established by the British during the War of 1812. It was home to Sir Allan Napier MacNab, railway magnate, lawyer and Premier of the United Canadas from 1854 to 1856.
 
Today Dundurn Castle and the surrounding grounds tell the story of the MacNab family and the servants who lived and worked at the house.
Take a Virtual Tour of Dundurn

The Kitchen Garden

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 educational programs, pre-booked guided tours or free self-guided tours.
Take a Virtual Tour of Dundurn Park

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Events at Dundurn

Selected upcoming events at Dundurn are featured below. For a full listing of events at all Hamilton Civic Museum sites, check out our Events page.

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Contact & Site Info

Dundurn National Historic Site
610 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON

Free parking available onsite

Call 905-521-3168
Email [email protected]

Admission
AGE/GROUPRATE
Adult (18 to 59 years)$15.50
Senior (60+ years)$13.25
Student (13 to 17 years) with valid student ID$12.25
Child (6 to 12 years)$9.50
Infant (5 years or younger)FREE
Family (2 adults & dependent children under 18 years)     $42.50
Hours & Accessibility

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.

Admission to Dundurn Castle is by guided tour only (approx. 1 hour in length) and includes admission to The Hamilton Military Museum. 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.

 

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Programs & Workshops

Hamilton Civic Museums is proud to offer a variety of different programs and workshops - from curriculum based learning adventures, to group tours and specialized experiences for Scouts, Guides and community groups. 

For curriculum based school programs, click here

For group tours, click here

Check out our events listings for guided tours, workshops and other museum experiences. For museum events, click here

Venue Rentals

Weddings & Event Venue Rentals

Nationally renowned cultural sites provide distinctive settings for your special event. The revitalization of heritage buildings at some of the city’s finest historic sites has resulted in the creation of indoor and outdoor gathering places like no other. Presented in varying styles from the early 1800s to modern day, each venue exudes its own charm and appeal. Locations include:

  • a Coach House on the estate of Canada’s pre-confederation ‘Prime Minister’
  • a former Stable converted to a cottage-style retreat in the very heart of the city
  • a modern Cellar beneath a Gage family homestead built in 1818
  • an 1859 Woodshed with old-growth wooden beams and gracefully arching trusses
  • one of the finest pieces of stone architecture in Ancaster built in 1871
  • a classical pavilion crowned by a cupola
  • Expansive green spaces, tended gardens and captivating landscapes 

Click here to learn more

Birthday Parties

Birthday parties are very popular and space is limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Decorating varies from site to site, please inquire at the time of booking.

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Photography

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.

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