TOURS & Ione

photo courtesy of Sierra Springs Photography

Public Tours

You are invited to take an interesting and informative historical tour of Preston Castle.  You will be guided by a trained docent through the first floor, second floor and basement and learn about the history of the Preston School of Industry. 

No reservations are necessary.  The first tour goes out at 10:00 AM and depending on demand tours depart every 15-30 minutes. We offer self-guided tours one Tuesday each month during the summer. These allow you to go through the Castle at your own pace, with information provided by posted descriptions or you can listen to the descriptions by using your smartphone. 

Also available is a closed-captioned Virtual Tour for our mobility restricted guests which will take place on the accessible ground floor (basement) of the Castle.

The last tour goes out at 1:00 PM.  Cameras are allowed but please no tripods.

Public tours are available most Saturdays, April to August 18, and select Tuesdays, June to August.  See prices and dates below.

Guided Tour - Adult $15
Guided Tour - Senior 65+ $13
Guided Tour - Age 12 and under $10
Self-Guided Tour - Adult - 5/12, 6/12, 7/10, 8/14, 12/8 only $10
Self-Guided Tour - Age 12 and under - same dates $5
Virtual Tour - All Ages $5
Under 5 years Free


2018 Tour Dates


April 7

April 14

April 21

April 28

May 5

May 12 (Yard Sale- self guided tours only)

May 19

May 26

June 2

June 9

June 12 (Tuesday - self guided tours only)

June 16

June 23 (no tours due to Murder Mystery)

June 30





July 7

July 10 (Tuesday - self guided tours only)

July 14

July 21

July 28 (no tours due to Amador Country Fair)

August 4 (no tours due to the Wine Event)

August 11

August 14 (Tuesday - self guided tours only)

August 18 (last tour day - self guided tours only)

August 25 (no tours due to ParaCon)

Closed for Haunt Prep

December 8 (Olde Tyme Christmas - self guided tours only)


Private Tours

Make the castle the destination for your next group activity. Large families, Red Hatters, car clubs, etc. have enjoyed great days at the castle. Typical private tours take a little over one hour.

Complete the interest form that will be sent to our tour coordinator. Once a date and time are agreed upon return to this page and make the prepayment for the tour. All private tours require prepayment. If you have additional questions call or email us.

General $20, $200 min

Special Groups

Our special group tours are for groups interested in spending longer times in the castle with freedom to roam in the non-restricted areas. The castle is a great place to host a photography class or lead a ghost hunting group.

Daytime $20 per person per hour, minimum 5 people
Night $100 per person, $1000 minimum, max 15 people

Nighttime Paranormal Investigation Tours

Thanks to our partnership with an experienced Paranormal Research Group we are excited to offer opportunities for visitors to perform nighttime paranormal investigations.

Now you can have the opportunity to be in the Castle at night with a small number of other ghost hunters.

Click here for information and tickets

 Film or Photo Shoot

The castle could be just the interesting backdrop you need for your next film or photo shoot. If you would like more information, just call or email us. There are hourly and daily rates available depending on the size and scope of your project.