Located on the banks of the Little Miami in Loveland, Cincinnati’s Loveland Castle (“Chateau Laroche”) is a true testament to the power of imagination.
This authentic, full-scale castle was built brick by brick by Cincinnati native (Sir) Harry Andrews. He began construction in 1929 and spent the next 50 years working on his masterpiece, using stones from the Little Miami River and hand-molded bricks made of cement and quart milk cartons. The castle includes gardens, several towers, a dungeon and rooms full of medieval replicas and memorabilia.
April through October. the castle is open daily. I recommend visiting during the week to avoid crowds and make social distancing easier for kids.
My kids had a blast exploring the various rooms, sitting on real thrones and checking out the views from the balcony and narrow castle windows. The stairwells are steep and winding, so if you have tentative walkers or toddlers, you’ll need to carry them! (Please note that masks are required indoors for all visitors over the age of 10.(
Inside, my kids were very intrigued by the medieval weaponry. Swords, flails and all sorts of sharp weaponry decorates the walls of Castle Laroche. Outside, there are terraces, gardens, tunnels and lots of little nooks to explore.
Castle Laroche is a true Cincinnati gem, and needs to be on your fall bucket list. You’ll be in awe of what one man built with his own two hands and imagination. (And, afterwards, you can totally threaten to send your misbehaving kids to the dungeon!)
The Loveland Castle is operating under new COVID-19 guidelines. The castle is currently open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Visitors are asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines, with masks required inside the castle for ages 10 and up. Admission is $5/person and kids 5 and under are free.