A Former School More Than a Century Old
Total Spook Factor: Sitting high atop a hill and looming over miles of treetops like an eerie beacon in a horror flick, the castle has earned haunting props after nearly 50 years of lying hollow. And if the cinematic creepitude isn't enough, the castle also boasts punk-kicking paranormal activity. Floating whispers, EVPs (electronic voice phenomena), orbs and apparitions all have been reported here. One professional ghost hunter, Zak Bagans, even claimed he was possessed by a murderer during his investigation for the Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures." How Wes Craven is that?
Take a Tour: You can tour the castle during the day on the first and third Saturdays of the month and the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from March through October. No reservations are required, and admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12. Private and group tours are also offered, if you want to arrange a special haunting adventure. Proceeds go to the Preston Castle Foundation and to help restore the castle.
Plan a Paranormal Investigation: Investigators are welcome to bring cameras, audio recorders, and all their state-of-the-art gear, but should note that electrical outlets are sparse. Since many areas of the castle are hazardous, docents are on hand to guide overnight guests. The upper floors of the castle are off-limits, but the castle's grounds, visitor center, garages, basement and first two floors are all open for free-range spook-chasing. Overnight ghost tours cost $100 per person (with groups limited to around 15 people). Make reservations well in advance.