North Carolina January 20, 2017
This Road Trip To North Carolina’s Most Majestic Castles Is Like Something From A Fairytale
Even though we’re now long away from the day where royalty ruled, we can still taste a bit of that royalty right here in our home state. With the first seat of government, “America’s Castle” and even a beautiful yet abandoned castle hiding in the woods, North Carolina gets certainly regal when it comes to our castles hiding throughout the state. This road trip will take you through the most enchanting landmarks and have you feeling like you’ve entered another country!
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1. Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace is a beautiful landmark of history and the early establishment of North Carolina away from British rule. While most of the castle burned down, it was meticulously reconstructed to bring back the same charm it had in its heyday. Tours provide unique insight and special events throughout the year make you feel oh so Colonial. Read all about Tryon Palace
2. Barclay Villa
Located in Angier, you'll find Barclay Villa halfway between Raleigh and Fayetteville. The popular wedding venue once operated as "Barclay's Inn."
3. Gimghoul Castle
Hiding on the UNC campus you'll find Gimghoul Castle, surrounded by myths, legends and secret societies. "The Order of Gimghoul" is a secret society that was said to meet at the castle. There's also a mysterious ghost and legend centered around one of the rocks involving Peter Dromgoole near the castle. Read about it
4. Castle Mont Rouge
Hiding amongst the hills outside of Hillsborough, Castle Mont Rouge is surrounded in mystery. Folklore surround sculptor Robert Mihaly and his failed dream-to-life vision. While the outside is completed, the inside never saw the work and beauty it deserved. Read all about Castle Mont Rouge (and how to get there)
5. Castle McCulloch
Perhaps one of the most sought-after wedding venues for the unique bride, Castle McCulloch gives off both royal and Medieval vibes. While it mainly stays closed to the public, special events like a Mardi Gras celebration let everyone enjoy the unique interior and exterior of this beautiful destination. Read more about it
6. Biltmore Estate
There's no surprise Biltmore has been given the title of "America's Castle." Home to 250 rooms, lavish gardens, 65 fireplaces, and four acres of floor space. While Bitmore is easily one of the most visited places not just in North Carolina, but the southeastern U.S, many visiting don't know these
ten surprising facts.
7. Castle Ladyhawke
Tucked away deep in the mountains in Tuckaseege, this beautiful wedding venue and surrounding villages could actually be yours for a mere $3.5 million. The castle is currently for sale.
8. Castle McKenzie
After all that driving, you're rightly exhausted. The best part about our last destination is that it's actually available for the night, weekend, or week. That's right, you can book your getaway at your own private castle! Located on 10 acres deep within the Smoky Mountains in Murphy - enjoy amenities like a hot tub, plenty of walking trails, and unique rooms. Want to book you weekend away?
What a beautiful road trip, there’s really none other like it! For more information on castles listed, read our article about all the
castles of NC here.