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March Break at Dundurn
Visit Dundurn National Historic Site this March Break to explore Dundurn Castle and the Hamilton Military Museum. Take a guided tour of more than 40 rooms in Dundurn Castle and discover what it was like to live and play above stairs and work and live as servants below stairs. Sample a variety of historic goodies made in the kitchen and explore the child-friendly craft area located in the Coach House. Visit the neighbouring Hamilton Military Museum for the exhibit “Blood Ties to a Gentle Landscape”. The exhibit explores the historical figures that lived around Burlington Heights during the War of 1812. Plan to visit the Coach House Gallery which has an exhibit on the First World War. The newly renovated military museum provides a self-guided experience with dress-up and hands-on activities.
Saturday, March 12, 2016 to Sunday, March 20, 2016
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Adults: $11.50, Seniors/Youth: $9.50, Children: $6.00, Infants: Free, Family: $30.00
Location: 610 York Blvd.
When/Where: 610 York Blvd, Hamilton
Dundurn Castle – 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 in 1813. 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 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. 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 – The tranquil landscape around the Hamilton Military Museum known as Burlington Heights was a centre of defense from 1813 to 1815. This was home to men, women and children connected to the British army and First Nations allies who came together during the conflict known as the War of 1812. The new exhibit Blood Ties to a Gentle Landscape tells the stories of people who lived here by connecting artifacts, personalities and modern-day descendants. Step back in time and meet the people tied by blood to this gentle landscape. 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.