Ohio may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of castles, but the Buckeye State boasts several properties fit for royalty.
Whether you’re looking for castles in Ohio that the entire family can enjoy on a fun day out, or something that’s best reserved for a romantic getaway with your knight in shining armor, we have recommendations for you.
Castles in Ohio to Tour
Squire’s Castle near Cleveland
Squire’s Castle is located in the North Chagrin Reservation which is part of the Cleveland Metropark System. It was constructed in the 1890’s by Feargus B. Squire, an executive with the Standard Oil Company, to be used as a gatehouse for his future estate, which was never built. In 1922, he sold the property and in 1925, ownership passed to the Cleveland Metroparks. The property is open to the public free of charge. You’ll find hiking trails, and picnic tables making this location an ideal place to get outdoors and relax on a beautiful summer or fall day.
Address: River Rd, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
Piatt Castles in Central Ohio
The Piatt family were descendants of French Huguenots and journeyed to America to escape religious persecution. Eventually the family moved to Ohio and settled in Logan County. Two brothers, Donn and Abram, built two three-story castles, Mac-O-Chee and Mac-A-Cheek, ¾ of a mile apart from each other. Today you can travel to Central Ohio and take a self-guided tour of 19th century properties and view the eccentric collections of the original homeowners.
Address: 2319 OH-287, West Liberty, OH 43357
Address: 10051 Township Rd 47, West Liberty, OH 43357
Loveland Castle Near Cincinnati
Harry Andrews spent most of his life building Chateau Laroche, or Loveland Castle, along the banks of the Little Miami River near Cincinnati. The European-style castle is modeled after many of the castles that Harry saw in Europe following WWI. Built for his Knights of the Golden Trail, a Sunday School/Boy Scout troop, who spent a lot of time outdoors camping on the plots of land donated to the troop, Harry spent over 50 years on the construction of the building. Upon his death in 1981, at the age of 91, ownership of the castle transferred to the Knights of the Golden Trail and knights still guard the castle. The castle features towers, a dry-moat, hand tiled ceilings and a fine collection of period weaponry. Tours of the castle are available April through September and Family Castle Days are held the third Saturday of the month April through August.
Address: 12025 Shore Rd, Loveland, OH 45140
Castles In Ohio To Spend the Night
Ravenwood Castle In Ohio’s Hocking Hills Region
Ravenwood Castle is located in southeastern Ohio, minutes from the popular Hocking Hills State Parks. This unique property features a medieval village, gypsy cottages (during warmer months) and castle rooms for a unique lodging experience.
Unplug and enjoy your time away in this B & B style property. You’ll find comfortable sleeping quarters, an onsite pub for food and beverages, a Game Master to introduce you to one of the dozens of board games available for guests, and special theme weekends that range from murder mysteries to beer tastings. Outdoors, you’ll find a giant chess board and pieces to play as well as hiking trails at the nearby state or national forests.
Breakfast is served daily in the Great Hall, and reservations are accepted for weekend dinners. Lodging in the castle and village are available year-round, though keep in mind during the snowy winter months, a four-wheel drive vehicle may make it easier to navigate the steep drive leading to the castle.
Address: 65666 Bethel Rd, New Plymouth, OH 45654
Landoll’s Mohican Castle Near Mohican State Park In Loudonville
Built in 2002, The property features luxurious castle rooms and suites near Mohican State Park and the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country. Onsite, you’ll find The Copper Mug Bar & Grille which was recently visited by celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey. The property is a popular venue for weddings and a great location to celebrate special occasions. The castle offers special events throughout the year, including ghost hunts that are held on property.
Address: 561 Township Road 3352, Loudonville, OH 44842
Have you visited any of Ohio’s castles? Which would you like to visit?
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