TOURS & Ione

photo courtesy of Sierra Springs Photography

Public Tours

You are invited to take a 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 Preston Castle.  No reservations are necessary.  The first tour goes out at 10:00 AM and depending on demand tours depart every 15-30 minutes.  The last tour goes out at 1:00 PM.  Cameras are allowed but please no tripods.

Public tours are available every Saturday, April through September (except May 30 and September 12) and select Thursdays, June through August.  See dates below.

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

 

2015 Tour Dates

 

April 4

April 11

April 18

April 25

May 2

May 9

May 16

May 23

May 30 (no tours due to Paracon)

June 6

June 11 (Thursday)

June 13

June 20

June 25 (Thursday)

June 27

July 4

July 9 (Thursday)

 

 

 

July 11

July 18

July 23 (Thursday)

July 25

August 1

August 8

August 13 (Thursday)

August 15

August 22

August 27 (Thursday)

August 29

September 5

September 12 (no tours due to Wine event)

September 19

September 26

October (no public tours due to Halloween Haunt)

November 7

December 12,13 (Olde Tyme Christmas)

 

Flashlight Tours

Take a Historical flashlight tour through the majestic Preston Castle. You will take a 70-90 minute tour through this beautiful, eerie, 120 year old building guided only by a Docent and your flashlight. This is not a paranormal event. Space is limited to 30 pre-paid guests, $20 each.

Gates open a half hour before the tour. Tour times vary based on sunset. These tours will only be offered one Friday night each month in January, February, March, and April.

  Gate Opens Tour Begins  
January 30 5:00 pm 5:30 pm
Closed
February 27 5:30 pm 6:00 pm
Sold Out  
March 27 7:00 pm 7:30 pm
Sold Out
April 24 7:30 pm 8:00 pm
Sold Out  

Dress warmly, as the Castle can be cold, especially at night. Small flashlights will be provided.

No Refunds

 

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 2015:

Date
Purchase tickets
Tickets: $100 per person  
February 21 Closed
March 7
Closed
April 11

Closed

May 2 Sold Out
May 29, 30 Preston Castle Paracon
June 27
July 25 Sold Out
August 29
September 12 (8pm start due to wine event)
 
November 7

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.