Side Trip: Exploring Loveland Castle

On a recent trip to the Greater Cincinnati area, we made a stop in Loveland, Ohio.  After hanging out in the cute town for a bit, we made our way over to the Loveland Castle.  This unique attraction has been on my list for a little while so I was happy to be close enough to check it out.

What is it?

Loveland Castle, aka Château Laroche, is a 1/5 scale castle based on a French Castle where the builder, Harry D. Andrews, was stationed during WWI. Andrews build the castle from stones found in the Little Miami River which runs along the property.

For $5/person, you can take a self guided tour (more of an exploration) of the castle.  Along the way you’ll find suits of armor, a chapel, a display of swords, and a “spy hole”.  You can also explore the grounds to some extent.

Where is it?

Loveland, Ohio is a little north of Cincinnati and about 90 minutes south of Columbus.  You can get directions here.   The castle sits back in a neighborhood at the end of a dead end street.

Our Experience

When we first arrived we paid at the entrance and were directed to see the knight inside the door.  The volunteer gave us an overview of the property and some basic directions and sent us on our way to explore.  We started with the dungeon then worked our way up through the other rooms of the castle.  We ended our tour by walking around outside a little bit in the gardens.

Our visit was in mid-October on a so-so weather day.  On a nice day, we may have lingered a bit more.  All told, we spent about 30 minutes exploring the site.

Our Tips

There are a lot of narrow steep stairs and uneven flooring though out the castle.  This one is definitely not stroller or wheelchair friendly.

This is a quick trip so tack on a visit to Loveland while you are there. There are many good restaurants, parks, and a brewery or two to enjoy.

The Castle is a little ways off of I-71 but not too bad.  It would make a good side trip when traveling between Cincinnati and Columbus.

Final Thoughts

We all enjoyed this quirky attraction.  At $5 each, it was pretty affordable and a fun little stop.

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