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8 enchanting castles a moat’s float from Columbus

Time travel is still hard but you can take a step back into yesteryear at one of the many enchanting castles in central Ohio and around the Buckeye State.

From AA, to hauntings, to beautiful gardens here are eight history-soaked castles we were absolutely enamored by:

Schwartz Castle

492 S 3rd St, Columbus

The Schwartz Castle at 492 S. Third St in German Village, was built in the 1880’s by Frederick William Schwartz, an apothecary who lived there until he died there in 1914 at age 78.

Rumor has it the joint is haunted but don’t go poking around inside because it’s a private residency now.

Piatt Castles

Mac-A-Cheek Castle: 10051 Township Road 47, West Liberty

Mac-O-Chee Castle: 2319 State Route 287. West Liberty

1 hour from Columbus


Like the Mecoche division of the Shawnee people who occupied the land before them, the Piatts treasure the resources and the spirit of the valley they call home. In the 1820’s, Judge Benjamin M. and Elizabeth Barnett Piatt moved their family from Cincinnati to the rolling hills of Logan County.

Two of their children, Abram Sanders and Donn later built their own homes, Mac-A-Cheek and Mac-O-Chee in the country-side they knew as youths. These unique structures have become a private, family-owned museum that interprets over 200 years of history of the Ohio land and Ohio people.

General admission and Halloween-themed visits available.

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The Castle Inn Bed and Breakfast

610 S. Court St., Circleville

30-40 minutes from Columbus

The Castle Inn Bed and Breakfast was built in 1895 by Samuel Ruggles but provides the luxury accommodations of the 21st century. The Castle features the warmth of a Bed and Breakfast with the privacy of an Inn just 30 minutes from downtown Columbus.

For a truly unique evening of fun and mayhem attend their monthly Murder Mysteries held the last Friday of each month.

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Ravenwood Castle

65666 Bethel Rd, New Plymouth

1 hour, 20 minutes from Columbus

Ravenwood Castle is a bed and breakfast hostelry located near New Plymouth, Ohio.

Built to resemble castles built in the 12th and 13th centuries on the border between England and Wales, the inn offers beautiful rooms with themes centered on the Middle Ages and fairy tales including elements like fireplaces, fake stonewalls, antique furniture, dungeons, and modern features like whirlpool tubs and kitchenettes.

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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

714 N Portage Path, Akron

2 hours from Columbus

This scenic structure and surrounding foliage is an easy two-hour drive from Columbus.

The estate features a historic 65-room Tudor Revival Manor House, Gothic Revival Conservatory, Gate Lodge (birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous) and approximately 70 acres of artistically landscaped grounds and formal gardens.

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Loveland Castle

12025 North Shore Dr,Loveland

1 hour, 30 minutes from Columbus

The Historic Loveland Castle & Museum Chateau Laroche was built as an expression and reminder of the simple strength and rugged grandeur of the mighty men who lived when Knighthood was in flower.

Picnic, play games, hunt for ghosts, admire architecture, learn about swords and weapons and do so much more at the Loveland Castle.

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Franklin Castle

4308 Franklin Boulevard, Cleveland

2 hours, 10 minutes from Columbus

The most haunted house in Ohio? Do you believe?

Learn more about the legend

Glamorgan Castle

200 Glamorgan St, Alliance

2 hours, 25 minutes from Columbus

Glamorgan Castle was originally built as a private residence for Col. William Henry Morgan in 1904.

The property changed hands a few times since then and finally, in 1973, it became what it is today: The central administration building for Alliance City Schools.

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