Come for Food, Stay for the Charm
O'Reillys' Restaurant at Point Ellice HouseO'Reillys' Restaurant at Point Ellice House
Join us for Breakfast, Lunch, or Victorian-style Afternoon Tea. Reservations are required for tea services. To make a reservation please call (250).380.6506 between 9:00AM and 2:30PM, Thursday through Monday (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Reservations must be made by the day prior to arrival, or by Monday if reserving for a Thursday. We do not take reservations via voicemail. Full tea is available from 11AM to 2:30 PM and is served traditionally on the lawn in our gardens. Visit the O'Reillys' page to see our restaurant hours!
We welcome group bookings, weddings, bridal showers, birthday parties and other special events in our beautiful new restaurant or in our wonderful heritage garden.
Our high tea is served down on the lawn in our heritage gardens. Included is finger sandwiches, scones, fresh fruit and an assortment of baked goods, for $30/person (tour of historic house included in price).
Point Ellice House Gardens and Gift Shop
The gardens and gift shop are open to the public from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday). The gardens are free to visit. Stay a while to enjoy the heritage roses, hollyhocks, kitchen garden, heart-shaped flower bed, and admire the original Victorian design which is beautifully maintained by skilled volunteer gardeners.
Tour Historic Point Ellice House and the Collection
Take an amazing audio tour of the house and see one of North America's largest collections of original artifacts from the Victorian period or visit this beautiful home with a volunteer tour guide or on a self-guided tour. Tours are available from 11:00 AM until 3:15 PM (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday)Admission Fees to the Historic House include an Audio Tour
Adults: $6.00 + GST (Can), Children (6-11): $3.00 + GST (Can), Children (5 and under): FREE
Find Point Ellice House
2616 Pleasant Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Did you know You can access Point Ellice House by car, bus, or water! Access by water is possible via Water Taxi on the Gorge waterway at the Point Ellice House dock. Please make sure to stop by the Visitor Centre immediately after getting off the Harbour Ferry. The Visitor Centre is located on the other side of the property. Contact Victoria Harbour Ferries to arrange transport.
Point Ellice House and the O'Reilly Family
Peter O'Reilly immigrated to Canada from Ireland, a letter of introduction to Sir James Douglas in hand, and became one of the first Gold Commissioners and judges in British Columbia. In 1863, he married Caroline Trutch, whose brother Joseph was the first lieutenant-governor of the province. The O'Reilly family was middle class and frequently received visitors for breakfast, lunch and tea.
Peter and Caroline O'Reilly moved into the Point Ellice House in time for the birth of their daughter Kathleen December 31, 1867. The O'Reillys had four children: Frank, born in 1866, Kathleen, born in 1867, Mary Augusta, born in 1869, and Arthur (also known as Jack), born in 1873. The house was a gathering spot for Victoria’s social elite, and remained in their possession for 108 years.
Point Ellice House Today
In 1975, three generations later, O’Reilly’s grandson, John, and his wife, Inez, sold the house and all its contents to the Province of British Columbia. The family left behind everything – from armoires to tea services, a harp, clothing, writing desks, board games, kitchen utensils, and more – giving us a rare opportunity to see one of North America’s largest collections of Victoriana in its original, privileged Victorian home.
This National Heritage Site, overlooking the waters of Victoria’s scenic Gorge Waterway, is a museum and refuge. Now surrounded by industry, it still exudes the peace of its former quiet setting.