Come for Food, Stay for the Charm
**O'Reillys' Restaurant will be closing as of January 1 for renovations, to re-open later in the new year. The Historic house will remain open and tours will continue by reservation.
Join us for Lunch, or Victorian-style Afternoon Tea. Reservations are recommended for tea services. To make a reservation please call (250).380.6506 during hours of operation. We do not take reservations via email.
Thursday - Monday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Seating's for the afternoon tea service: 11:00
AM to 2:30 PM Thursday - Monday
Holiday Hours: Closed December 24th,25th,26th and January 1st.
We welcome group bookings, weddings, bridal showers, birthday parties and other special events in our beautiful new restaurant or in our wonderful heritage garden.
Thursday-Monday, 11:00 AM to 3:15 PM.
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!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
Point Ellice House Gardens and Gift Shop
The gardens and gift shop are open to the public during hours of operation. 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.
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.
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.