10 Castles in Ohio That Will Make You Feel Like You’ve Stepped Back in Time

Castles aren’t just for the storybooks! The next time you’re looking for unique things to do in Ohio, add these 10 castles in Ohio to your list.

Some of these castles in Ohio are over 100 years old and others are newer replicas of European favorites. No matter their age, there are tons of things to see, experience, and learn at these castles near Cincinnati.

Loveland Castle in Ohio

If you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway in Ohio, these castles should definitely be on your radar! Most of the Ohio castles on our list have overnight accommodations, from a Victorian era bed and breakfast to small cottages in a “medieval village”.


Many businesses have had to make changes to their schedules, policies, and procedures in 2020. Always call ahead or visit your destination’s website to stay up to date on closings, schedule changes, and health & safety requirements before your visit.


Loveland Castle

Address: 12025 Shore Drive, Loveland, Ohio 45140
Distance from downtown Cincinnati: 22 miles, ~30 minute drive

Loveland Castle in Ohio
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Loveland Castle in Ohio
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Loveland Castle Quick Facts:

  • Tours: Yes, Self-guided ($5 per person, free for kids 5 and under)
  • Overnight Accommodations: Yes, for scout groups
  • Food Service: None, but picnic areas are available
  • Activities & Events: None currently scheduled for 2020
  • Wedding Venue: The Loveland Castle holds up to 65 people

The Loveland Castle was built by Harry Delos Andrews, who acquired the land in the 1920s through his Boy Scout Troop and the Cincinnati Enquirer (you can learn the whole story at the castle!). Harry modeled the castle as a full scale replica of those he visited during his travels in Europe after serving in WWII.

While you’re there, you’ll notice knights guarding the castle. These guards are part of the Knights of the Golden Trail, named after Harry’s childhood Boy Scout troop where the land and idea for the Loveland Castle all began. Upon Harry’s death in 1981, he willed the castle to these Knights, who carry on its tradition to this day!

Tours of the castle are self-guided, but you’re welcome to ask questions about its history to the knight on duty. Spend the day exploring the castle grounds and discover the secrets Harry included in its architecture – can you find the entrance to the secret room he built in the garden?

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GreatStone Castle

Address: 429 N. Ohio Avenue, Sidney, Ohio 45365
Distance from downtown Cincinnati: 95 miles, ~1.5 hour drive

GreatStone Castle Quick Facts:

  • Tours: No
  • Overnight Accommodations: Yes, starting at $145 per night
  • Food Service: Yes, Breakfast only (lunch by special request)
  • Activities & Events: None currently scheduled for 2020
  • Wedding Venue: Yes, up to 130 guests

GreatStone Castle is a historic landmark located in Sidney, Ohio. Built over 100 years ago, you’ll notice its expert craftsmanship as soon as you approach the property. Today the mansion operates as a bed and breakfast, complete with 3 guest suites and a spa.

If you’ve ever dreamed of a castle wedding, the property accommodates wedding celebrations of up to 130 people in the castle or at the Canal Lake Lodge (outdoors). These spaces can also be booked for class reunions, corporate events, birthdays, holiday celebrations, and bridal and baby showers.

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Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek

Address: 10051 Township Road 47, West Liberty, Ohio 43357
Distance from downtown Cincinnati: 104 miles, ~1.75 hour drive

Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek
Image Credit: Flickr/Craig Hatfield

Piatt Castle Quick Facts:

  • Tours: Yes, Self-guided ($7-$13, free for kids 5 and under)
  • Overnight Accommodations: No
  • Food Service: No
  • Activities & Events: Murder Mysteries, music, live history reenactments, and more
  • Wedding Venue: Yes, up to 50 guests

The Piatt Castles are made up of two separate castles: Mac-O-Chee and Mac-O-Cheek. These castles stand just one mile apart, each having belonged to members of the Piatt family in the late 1800s. Both castles opened for tours in the early 1900s, and the properties were combined in 1956 to form what is known today as the Piatt Castles.

Self-guided tours are available in the Mac-O-Cheek castle, where you can learn all about the Piatt Castles’ histories through exhibits, historical artifacts, and artwork.

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Ravenwood Castle

Address: 65666 Bethel Road, New Plymouth, Ohio 45654
Distance from downtown Cincinnati: 143 miles, ~2.5 hour drive

Ravenwood Castle Quick Facts:

  • Tours: No
  • Overnight Accommodations: Yes, starting at $139 per night
  • Food Service: Yes, The Raven’s Roost Pub
  • Activities & Events: Murder Mysteries, Werewolf Weekend, and more
  • Wedding Venue: Yes, up to 50 guests

Ravenwood Castle looks right at home nestled within the forests of the Hocking Hills region. Modeled after 12th and 13th century British castles, you will feel like you are stepping back in time while you’re there – even though this castle is only 25 years old!

There’s plenty to do while you’re exploring the castle grounds. You can grab a bite to eat at the Raven’s Roost Pub, or explore the Medieval Village and hiking trails. Enjoy time with your family and friends at the Library, where you can pick from over 100 board games to play.

If you want to make a weekend out of it, book a stay at the castle’s overnight accommodations. Individual rooms are available in the castle or you can stay in a cottage or cabin on the castle grounds.

Although many had to be cancelled in 2020, Ravenwood Castle hosts a wide range of themed events throughout the year. Popular past events include Weekend Werewolf, Con in the Castle, and Hoop & Stick Con.

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Landoll’s Mohican Castle

Address: 561 Township Road 3352, Loudonville, Ohio 44842
Distance from downtown Cincinnati: 180 miles, ~3 hour drive

Landoll's Mohican Castle in Ohio
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Landoll's Mohican Castle in Ohio
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Landoll’s Mohican Castle Quick Facts:

  • Tours: Yes, outdoor ghost tours starting at $25
  • Overnight Accommodations: Yes, starting at $179
  • Food Service: Yes, The Copper Mug Bar & Grille
  • Activities & Events: Ghost Walks & Ghost Hunt tours, Murder Mystery Dinners
  • Wedding Venue: Yes, up to 200 guests

After a two year Army tour in Europe, Jim Landoll promised himself that if he ever had the money, he would build a castle in America one day. Lucky for us, his dream became a reality! Today, Landoll’s Mohican Castle stands 1,200 feet tall on 30 beautiful acres and operates as a luxury hotel and event venue.

The property is also home to the 230 year old Heyd Cemetery. If you’re into the paranormal, sign up for a Ghost Walk or Ghost Tour to visit the cemetery, learn about the land’s history, and maybe even make contact with a spirit!

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The Castle

Address: 418 4th Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750
Distance from downtown Cincinnati: 203 miles, ~3.5 hour drive

Marietta Castle in Ohio
Image Credit: The Castle Website

Marietta Castle Quick Facts:

  • Tours: Yes, reservations required
  • Overnight Accommodations: No
  • Food Service: No
  • Activities & Events: Cemetery Tours, Ghost Tours, Third Thursday Talks, and more
  • Wedding Venue: No

The Castle was built in 1855, making it the oldest castle on our list! The estate served as a private residence to several families from 1808 (pre-castle days!) to 1974, before being restored and opened as a historical house museum in 1994.

Various tours and events are available by reservation on their website – including archaeology events, cemetery tours, and more!

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Grizer Castle

Address: 1310 Scotts Ridge Road, Whipple, Ohio 45788
Distance from downtown Cincinnati: 233 miles, ~3.5 hour drive

Grizer Castle Quick Facts:

  • Tours: TBD
  • Overnight Accommodations: TBD
  • Food Service: TBD
  • Activities & Events: TBD
  • Wedding Venue: Yes

Grizer Castle is the newest of Ohio’s castles, opening this summer for weddings and events. More details to follow soon – but for now, you can stay up to date with Grizer Castle over on their Facebook page.

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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Address: 714 North Portage Path, Akron, Ohio 44303
Distance from downtown Cincinnati: 235 miles, ~3.5 hour drive

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Ohio Castle
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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Ohio Castle
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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Quick Facts:

  • Tours: Yes, self-guided (admission ranges from $5-$15 depending on age, free for kids 5 and under)
  • Overnight Accommodations: No
  • Food Service: Yes, Molly’s Cafe
  • Activities & Events: Woof Walks, outdoor yoga, festivals, black-tie gala events, and more
  • Wedding Venue: Yes, up to 400 guests

Spend all day exploring the beautiful Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Akron’s first (and biggest!) National Historic Landmark. This 65-room Tudor Revival Manor it the 6th largest historic home open to the public in the country.

The manor was built between 1912-1915 by the F.A. Seiberling family, who were the co-founders of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Today, it operates as historic landmark offering tours, public events, and private event rentals.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is open seasonally from April – December. While you’re there, be sure to explore the grounds outside of the manor house to see its 70 acres of landscaped gardens, the Corbin Conservatory, or enjoy a meal at Molly’s Cafe (built in what used to be the Carriage House’s horse stalls!).

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Glamorgan Castle

Address: 200 Glamorgan St, Alliance, OH 44601
Distance from downtown Cincinnati: 254 miles, ~4 hour drive

Glamorgan Castle Quick Facts:

  • Tours: Yes, but currently suspended until 2021
  • Overnight Accommodations: No
  • Food Service: No
  • Activities & Events: Yes, but currently suspended until 2021
  • Wedding Venue: No

Glamorgan Castle was first built as a private residence in the early 1900s. Today, it houses administration offices for Alliance City Schools. Talk about a beautiful place to work – can you imagine getting to stroll the castle grounds during your lunch hour?

Given the current state of things, tours of the castle and events are currently suspended until 2021. Keep tabs on their reopening dates over here on their Facebook page.

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Castle Inn Bed & Breakfast

Address: 610 S. Court Street, Circleville, Ohio 43113
Distance from downtown Cincinnati: 107 miles, ~1.75 hour drive

Castle Inn Bed & Breakfast Quick Facts:

  • Tours: No
  • Overnight Accommodations: Yes, starting at $159 per night
  • Food Service: Yes, hot breakfast
  • Activities & Events: Murder Mystery Dinner Series
  • Wedding Venue: Yes, up to 180 guests

The Castle Inn was first built in 1895 by Samuel Ruggles. It’s been updated for the 21st century standards, but you’ll still be charmed by its stained glass, cozy fireplaces, and unique history.

Murder Mystery fans will love their unique take on their Murder Mystery Dinners, which take place on the last Friday of each month. At the Castle Inn, the GUESTS are the characters in the mystery! Guests will be provided early 1900s attire and get to create their story as the night evolves – no scripts necessary!

This historic bed and breakfast is the perfect spot for an overnight stay if you’re visiting these popular Ohio attractions: the Circleville Pumpkin Show, Tecumseh (the outdoor drama), and Columbus, Ohio (which is just half an hour away).

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2 thoughts on “10 Castles in Ohio That Will Make You Feel Like You’ve Stepped Back in Time”

  1. I’ve always loved castles, and to find out that there are castles still in Ohio that are still standing…. Its amazing. I plan on visiting one of these castles and maybe even getting married in one.

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