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, or take a self-guided tour on your own. You will have access to the first floor, second floor and basement and learn about the history of the Preston School of Industry. These tours involve stairs. Cameras are allowed but please, NO tripods. 

No reservations are necessary for the self-guided tours, which start at 10 am and run until 1 pm. These allow you to go through the Castle at your own pace, with information provided by posted descriptions. Docents will be available on each floor to assist you and answer questions. Tickets are sold from 10 am to 12 noon, and guests should exit the Castle by 1 pm.

Guided tours are led by a trained docent, who will guide you through the Castle. They are scheduled for 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:00 pm., limited to 3 groups of 15 guests each. They will last about 60-70 minutes and tickets may be purchased in advance online (see booking calendar below).

Also available is a 35 minute closed-captioned Virtual Tour for our mobility restricted guests which will take place on the accessible ground floor (basement) of the Castle. No reservations required.

Public tours are available most Saturdays, April 7 to August 18.  See prices and dates below.

Guided Tour - Adult $20
Guided Tour - Age 12 and under $15
Self-Guided Tour - Adult $15
Self-Guided Tour - Age 12 and under $10
Virtual Tour - Adult $10
Virtual Tour - Age 12 and under $5
Age 5 and under - all tours 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 16 (no tours due to Murder Mystery)

June 23

June 30





July 7

July 14

July 21

July 28 (no tours due to Amador Country Fair)

August 4 (no tours due to ParaCon)

August 11

August 18 (last tour day)

August 25 (no tours due to the wine event)

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 1.5 to 2 hours. but can be adjusted to fit your schedule.

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.

Pricing: $250 min. up to 10 people, $25 ea. additional person

Private Photo Shoots

You may want to take the opportunity to book the Castle for a private photo shoot.  This allows photographers to roam the Castle in the non-restricted areas at their own pace.  There are some restrictions:

  1. All monies shall be paid in full prior to the start of the event.
  2. Both the interior and grounds are non-smoking/non e-cig sites. Except in designated smoking area.
  3. No candles or open flames of any kind may be used. 
  4. No artificial smoke or mist that would trigger the fire alarm system.
  5. No modifications (nails, staples, etc.) shall be made to the structure or its contents.  Items both inside and outside the Castle cannot be moved without the permission of a PCF representative.
  6. It is understood there is limited electricity in the main building and no bathroom facilities (port-a-potty is provided).
  7. Only low heat LED lighting (or similar equipment) may be used inside the Castle.
  8. All participants are restricted to the areas of the Castle deemed safe and agree not to cross any barricades/barriers.  Do not stand, sit, or lay on ledges/sandstone, in or on sinks, bathtubs, windows, furniture or other sensitive areas.
  9. There is no nudity in or around the Castle or grounds.
  10. A PCF representative will be onsite to answer any questions and resolve any issues during the time of usage. 

Rates are as follows:

6 am to 6 pm $100 per hour, 2 hr min., up to 5 people, $20/hr. ea. additional person
6 pm to 12 am $150 per hour, 2 hr min., up to 5 people, $30/hr. ea. additional person
12 am to 6 am $300 per hour, 2 hr min., up to 5 people, $40/hr. ea. additional person

Person includes all involved, including models, hair/make up, wardrobe, lighting etc.

A $300-$1000 refundable damage/overtime deposit is required, depending on size and scope of project.

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. Our trained paranormal docents will help you with your investigations.

Click here for information and tickets

 Film, Movie, or TV Shoots

The castle could be just the interesting backdrop you need for your next film. 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.