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Casa Loma lets you be a royal in Toronto

If you fancy a chance to be a prince or princess whilst in Toronto, Casa Loma should certainly be on your list of places to visit.

Nestled in the aptly-named Casa Loma district of the Canadian city, this Gothic-style castle was commissioned by Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, who had wanted a castle of his own, all his life. The 98-room castle cost a whopping $3.5 million to build back in 1911. Taking two million man hours to build this beautiful Casa Loma, Pellatt also hired 40 live-in staff, costing $50,000 a year and he even shelled out $250,000 to display the names of his horses in 18-carat gold.

Because of the outlay, Pellat - who was the founder of the Toronto Electric Light Company in 1883 - soon got into financial difficulty and had to sell everything off cheap.

Casa Loma is now owned by the city and this museum attracts visitors across the world. There is an 10,000 book library as well as a conservatory filled with plants and a ceiling made of stained glass.

The amazing Great Hall is 60 foot tall and has wonderful wooden chandeliers. And the gardens are something to marvel too.

Writing about the gardens on their website, they shared: "The Estate Gardens of Casa Loma portray a wide variety of specialty garden areas in a unique and balanced setting. The formality and elegance of the perennial borders provide a distinct contrast to the vibrant show of spring wildflowers.

"Artistic displays of annuals find strength in their colour schemes while the many flowering shrubs and trees provide an impressive array of foliage, texture and form. The ever-changing colours of this brilliant floral mosaic allow visitors to enjoy the beautyof the Casa Loma Estate Gardens all season long."

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