Buffalo July 30, 2019
6 Captivating Castles You Won’t Believe Are Near Buffalo
While it may seem like dreamy castles are something that only exists overseas or have withered away with time, there are actually handfuls of them hidden away in the state of New York. From right here in Erie County to out in other areas that extend beyond Buffalo, all it takes is a fun road trip to explore any one of these magical and captivating castles. If you’re ready to see all that our state has to offer, then check out our list below!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Cambria Castle
Cambria Castle is the only castle that's actually
Buffalo in this list, and it’s hidden away in a lesser-known neighborhood. Situated on an island on Ellicott Creek, Cambria Castle has been around since the 1950s but is seldom fully open to the public. While this castle may be a private residence, the owners of the home have welcomed visitors for tours and even public garage sales during the last several years, so keep an eye out for opportunities to see Cambria Castle for yourself!
For more information about this cool castle in Buffalo, click
2. Tonawanda Castle
Less than 20 minutes north of Downtown Buffalo, Tonawanda Castle is the ultimate place in Erie County to host a special event. This historic castle dates all the way back to 1897 and is one of the most unique venues near the Queen City to rent out for weddings, parties, and other special occasions.
For more information about Tonawanda Castle, visit its website
Address: 69 Delaware Street, Tonawanda, NY, 14150
3. Belhurst Castle
Only two hours east of Buffalo, Belhurst Castle is more than just your average estate in New York. Tucked away near Seneca Lake, the easy, scenic drive out to the Finger Lakes region is more than worth the journey, and this castle also operates as a hotel, restaurant, and winery, so you can stay a few days and experience all it has to offer!
To learn more about this captivating castle, check out our previous feature article about Belhurst Castle
Address: 4069 West Lake Road, Geneva, NY, 14456
4. Beardslee Castle
Make the three-hour drive out to Little Falls and you can dine in one of New York’s most magical restaurants. Designed to resemble an Irish castle, Beardslee Castle dates all the way back to 1860 and looks like something straight out of a fairytale. It features several beautiful dining rooms and even a dungeon bar and grill that offers a more casual atmosphere, Beardslee Castle is more than worth the drive from Buffalo!
For more information, check out our feature article about Beardslee Castle
Address: 123 Old State Road, Little Falls, NY, 13365
5. Kingfisher Tower
Kingfisher Tower requires a longer journey to reach, as it sits just under four hours east of Buffalo, but you’ll be royally rewarded when you arrive. It sits in the popular town of Cooperstown and you can take a magical boat ride that will take you past this beautiful but little-known castle.
Glimmerglass Queen Boat Tours
will give you an excellent view of the 60-foot-tall castle, which was constructed all the way back in 1876. Sounds like an exciting adventure, right?
Check out our previous feature article about Kingfisher Tower
for more information
Address: 10 Fair Street, Cooperstown, NY, 13326
6. Boldt Castle
Finally - and furthest from Buffalo (but more than worth the extra effort to visit) - head up to New York's Thousand Islands to explore Boldt Castle. The four-hour drive makes this castle better suited for a visit during a longer weekend trip, but it’s absolutely a destination you need to see. Boldt Castle is situated on Heart Island, which is just a quick boat ride from Alexandria Bay, and offers tours throughout the warmer months of the year. When you’re out on the river and surrounded by the beauty of this region, you’ll think you’ve been swept away to a fairytale land when you lay your eyes on Boldt Castle and tour it for yourself.
For more information, check out our previous feature article about Boldt Castle
and the Boldt Castle website
Address: 1 Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, NY, 13607
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