TOURS & Ione

photo courtesy of Sierra Springs Photography

 

Public Tours

You are invited for a tour of the castle from 10 am - 1 pm on the first, second, and third Saturdays, and select Thursdays, April 5 thru September 6. Check below for dates we are open. No reservations are required—don't forget your camera!

At this point in time, we are not allowed to take guests inside the Castle. The public tour season is over for 2014. Check back early next year for the 2015 tour season.

Adults $10
Age 12 and under $5
Under 5 years Free

 

2014 Tour Dates

 

April 5

April 12

April 19

May 3

May 10

May 17

June 7

June 14

June 21

July 5

 

 

 

July 12

July 19

August 2

August 9

August 16

August 23

September 6

October (no public tours due to Halloween Haunt)

December 13,14 (Tours during Olde Tyme Christmas)

 

 

Private Tours

Make the castle the destination for your next group activity. Large families, Red Hatters, car clubs, and many school groups 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.

Adults $10, $100 min
Jr. Clubs, age related $5-10
School groups $2-5

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

 

Overnight Ghost Tours

Thanks to our partnership with an experienced Paranormal Research Group we are excited to offer opportunities for visitors to spend the night in the Preston Castle.

Now you can have the opportunity to spend a night in this truly scary Castle with a small number of other ghost hunters.

You will have access to three floors of the Castle throughout the night with only your flashlight and paranormal investigation gear along for comfort.

Public Overnight Tour Dates for 2014:

Date
Purchase tickets
Tickets: $100 per person  
January 18
Closed
March 15
Closed
April 26
Cancelled 
May 17 Cancelled 
June 21 Cancelled 
July 12 Cancelled 
August 9 Cancelled
September 20 Cancelled
November 15

If you have a group that would like to reserve the Castle just for yourselves, click here.

If you have further questions please contact the overnight tour coordinator, Sally.

Experiences at the castle have included EVP, humming, whispers, touching, channeling, and seeing and recording orbs and apparitions. There have been no harmful events and no one has been hurt during these overnight events.

Numerous Paranormal research groups have investigated this location and report that it is one of the most active sites they have had the pleasure to experience.  You will also have the chance to learn paranormal investigation techniques if you wish to do so.

Every person venturing through the castle will have a docent with them to insure their safety throughout the evening.  

Details

  • The cost for the overnight stay is $100.00 per person. Your paypal receipt is your ticket - bring it.
  • You will receive an email with instructions the week before you are scheduled.
  • We cannot issue refunds for cancellations. We will work with you to reschedule to another date.
  • The size of the groups will be kept small, usually no more than 15.
  • No person under the age 18 will be allowed to spend the night in the castle.
  • There are no handicapped areas available. Some of the stairs leading to upper floors can be steep.
  • Investigations typically start at 7 pm and last until 4 am, when everyone leaves the Castle. 
  • There are not any suitable places to sleep in the Castle, but feel free to sleep in your car for awhile if you get tired.  The Ione Hotel can be booked if you want a place to sleep after you are finished with your investigations.
  • Attendees may bring food and beverages (no alcohol). A refrigerator is available for your use.
  • Be aware of the changing seasons and weather. The Castle is not heated.
  • Clothing is of your own accord but we suggest no open toe shoes as well as prefer jeans or long pants for your safety.
  • You are welcome to bring your own cameras, audio recorders, temperature sensors.  We are not responsible for any equipment that is broken or stolen so this is at your own risk.  We have NOT had any problems with broken or stolen equipment to this point. For the most part, access to electricity is limited in the castle.
  • You can investigate the grounds inside the fence and around the castle, the visitor center, the garages, the castle's basement, 1st floor and 2nd floor. You will not have access to the upper areas of the castle, as the condition is too hazardous. Please leave everything as you found it. You are responsible for any damage to this majestic, but fragile, historic site.
  • There is NO SMOKING anywhere in or on the Preston Castle site.

LEGALITIES - Registration can be made for anyone 18 or over. Registration is made on a "first come, first served" basis. If more than 15 people sign up for one of the scheduled dates, they will be contacted and rescheduled to another date. No children allowed in the castle. Registering for the overnight stays at the Preston Castle holds the Docents, Preston Castle, the Preston Castle Foundation and the City of Ione without liability. Every attendee waives all liability and holds harmless from the above mentioned event, the group, venues and buildings and understands that they must provide their own transportation and items necessary to participate. Registering for the event gives the understanding that you have read and accept this disclaimer and accept the conditions listed above and have done so under your own power and without duress. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

 

 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. Usage fees begin at $1,000 per day.