The Loveland Castle is a weekend-only experience, but its opening hours depend on the time of year, owing to vagaries of weather and early setting of the sun in winter. So between October and March of each year, it is open on Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 5pm, weather permitting. Their rule of thumb is if it has snowed recently, chances are, Loveland is closed. Between April and September of each year, you can visit the castle and museum on any day of the week. Admission for adults is $5; children under 12 years of age pay $3 and children under five years of age are admitted for free. Walking through the castle will give you a great cardiovascular workout: there are lots of stairs, but not much access if you are disabled. Wear appropriate shoes and remember there is no wheelchair access or disabled parking, should you need it.
By day Loveland Castle and Museum functions as just that: a castle and museum which offer a world of fascinating history, both of a knightly theme and an historical one, to members of the public. After closing time, however, the building is the home of the Knights of the Golden Trail. Unless, of course, you elect to stay there yourself, which is a possibility. If you do, the facilities are rudimentary: you will sleep on the floor, the toilets are portables located on each side of the castle, and water is accessed in a well that was dug some fifty years ago. Further, there are no indoor cooking facilities, so if you visit for an overnight stay, you will have to toughen up, like the knights themselves of yesteryear.
If the idea of toughening up like a knight to sleep on the floor of the castle doesn’t grab you remotely in any way, do not despair: there are several hotels and inns, in the vicinity, under 3 miles away from the castle itself; such as the Comfort Inn Northeast, the Cincinatti Marriott Northeast, TownePlace Suites Cincinatti Northeast/Mason and the Best Western Mason Inn, to name but a few.
Once you have explored all the many big and little dusty nooks and crannies of Loveland, and walked up and down more shifty and narrow stone staircases than you would like to remember and are generally suffering from Loveland fatigue, you may like to digress from the space and visit Ohio’s Home of the Brave Park, which is located 4 minutes in the car in a northwesterly direction from Loveland, or the East Loveland Nature Preserve, less than a mile in an easterly direction, as the crow flies.
Either way, visiting Loveland offers a fabulous insight into the indomitable nature of the human spirit in the face of a creative challenge as it pays tribute to all the values and the remarkable work ethos of Boy Scouts in general, and knighthood and European architecture in particular.
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Address: 12025 Shore Rd, Loveland, OH 45140, Phone: 513-683-4686 Photo: Loveland Castle and Museum
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