Visit Point Ellice House and Gardens
This original, privileged Victorian home on the Gorge waterway in Victoria, British Columbia built in 1861, holds one of North America’s largest collections of Victoriana. The gardens contain some of the original heritage roses and hollyhocks. Tour the house and stay for afternoon tea on the lawn.
Tours and Teas
Enjoy a tour of the historic house and gardens. Stay for a Victorian-style, English afternoon tea.
Reservations required for tea. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-380-6506
Contact us for group bookings, weddings, birthday parties and other special events.
Thursday-Sunday come for a special presentation with living history interpreter Barb Forsyth. Learn about the life and times of the O'Reilly family from Caroline O'Reilly herself. Topics will vary throughout the summer.
2616 Pleasant Street
Victoria, British Columbia
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The Harbour Ferry also stops at Point Ellice House on the Gorge waterway. "Hop on" the ferry at the Inner Harbour (or any other stop) and "hop off" at the Point Ellice House dock.
Open from early May through until September 2, 2013, and for special events during December.
House and grounds open from Thursday to Monday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday)
Afternoon tea: 11:00 AM - 2:45PM
Tours: 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
**Hours flexible for large groups**
Adults: $6.00+GST (Can)
Children (6-11): $3.00+GST (Can)
Children (6 and under): FREE
Admission includes entrance to the house and grounds, including the audio tour of the house.
Full Tea (includes house admission): $25.00 +GST
Full Plate includes soup, quiche, sandwiches, baked goods, trifle and fruit.
Children's/ Mini Tea: $13.00 +GST
Plate includes sandwiches, baked goods, trifle and fruit.
Tea, Scone and Soup: $10.00+GST
Tea and Scone: $8.00+GST
Pot of tea: $4.00+GST
Reservations are recommended for tea services.
*Only the Full tea option includes house admission
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 English 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 both museum and refuge. Now surrounded by industry, it still exudes the peace of its former quiet setting.
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