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 Noon. 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.

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
Under 5 years - 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 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.