From the grandeur of its architectural details to the poignant tales of its past, every step reveals a new chapter of the castle’s captivating narrative. This is your chance to connect with the legacy of Preston Castle and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Tour Our Extraordinary Castle in California
Prepare to be thrilled and chilled as you step into the eerie atmosphere of this legendary haunted location. Embark on a spine-tingling adventure through the shadowy corridors and hidden corners of the castle, where ghostly legends come to life.
- General admission, VIP pass
- All ages
Engaging Experiences & Events at Preston Castle
Feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up as you experience unexplained phenomena, hear whispers from the past, and witness mysterious occurrences that defy explanation. Are you ready to confront the spirits that reside within the walls of Preston Castle?
Step into a world of enchantment and festive wonder with our Christmas Castle Tour at Preston Castle. Immerse yourself in the joyous spirit of the holiday season as this historic landmark transforms into a captivating winter wonderland.
Whether you have a few hours a week, or just want to help out with a specific event, our volunteers are key to our success!
Consider providing a cash donation or purchasing a personalized brick that will be added to our new garden area.
If you’d like to make a regular donation to the castle, consider purchasing a membership. Each level comes with unique perks!
What is Preston Castle?
Preston Castle was constructed in 1894 as the administration building for the Preston School of Industry, a reform school for boys. The Romanesque Revival style of architecture was to make the building look like a school rather than a prison.
The Castle opened in June 1894 and remained in use until 1960. In 1960 the State planned to demolish the building and from 1960-1968 a group of local women fought to keep it standing. Once the State agreed to not tear the building down they also said they would do nothing to keep it standing.
The building remained vacant and in disrepair until September 2001 when the Preston Castle Foundation leased the building from the State. And later, in 2014, the foundation was granted ownership of the Castle and 12.91 acres.
The Preston Castle Foundation’s mission is to preserve, rehabilitate and utilize the historic Preston Castle site as well as preserving the history of the school, its staff and boys.