10 Castles in Pennsylvania That Will Make You Feel Like Royalty

Pennsylvania might not be the first place you think of when looking for castles, but we have our fair share of majestic architectural experiences that will give you the royal treatment. From actual castles to Gothic-style mansions, libraries, prisons, and a former mill, Happy Travelers will revel in exploring these stylistic feats and learning the history behind their construction.

1. Fonthill Castle and Mercer Museum


Type of experience: Historical museum

Featuring hand-crafted ceramic tiles and majestically painted ceilings, Fonthill Castle and Mercer Museum take guests to a time before the industrial revolution. Fonthill Castle was designed as archaeologist Henry Mercer Chapman’s home and showcase for his exquisite collection of tiles and prints. The Mercer Museum houses exhibits from the arts and crafts movement and tools Mercer collected to preserve the era.

2. Castle at Little Roundtop


Type of experience: Civil War battlefield

Take in the scenic view of the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg in the Castle at Little Round Top. The memorial represents the 44th New York and two companies from the 12th New York Infantry Regiment. In their honor, the tower stands 44 feet high and 12 feet square. It was also designed by Union General Daniel Butterfield who adapted the music for “Taps”.

3. Stokesay Castle


Type of experience: Fine dining restaurant and wedding venue

Experience a fairytale wedding at Stokesay Castle surrounded by magnificent views, gorgeous stone arches, and flowing fountains. Built in 1931 and restored in 2009, Stokesay Castle was inspired by a 13th century English castle by the same name and was intended as a wedding gift for the newlywed Hiester couple. Today it serves not only as a destination wedding venue but also a fine dining establishment with American cuisine. Fulfill your fairytale dream by indulging in world-class food in The Lord’s Dining Room.

4. Nemacolin Castle


Type of experience: Historic site and museum

Nemacolin Castle, also known as Bowman’s Castle, was originally built in 1789 to house Jacob Bowman’s nine children and his trading post. It was expanded throughout the 1800s into the 22-room castle it is today. Recently renovated by the Brownsville Historical Society, the castle has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places for nearly 50 years.

Other Spots with Castle-Like Inspiration

While these next locations may not have “castle” in their title, they’re serving up some serious castle-like vibes that will make you revel in the architectural wonder and maybe even make you reevaluate your dream house goals.

5. Fisher Fine Arts Library


Type of experience: Library

Built in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania’s campus in the 1890s, the Fisher Fine Arts Library features towering staircases, stained-glass windows, high ceilings in the reading room, and a fortress-like exterior. Today the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been declared a National Historic Landmark.

6. Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa


Type of experience: Bed & Breakfast

Happy Travelers will marvel at the exquisite detail of the Buhl Mansion. The Richardsonian Romanesque mansion was built in the 1890s as a gift from Frank Buhl to his new wife, Julia. Today, the mansion runs as a bed and breakfast, and guests reside in gorgeous rooms decorated with the castle’s first family in mind.

7. Eastern State Penitentiary


Type of experience: Historical prison

Formerly home to Al Capone, Eastern State Penitentiary was the world’s first true penitentiary and was the largest building in the U.S. when it became operational in 1829. Since the building itself was intended to deter crime, Eastern State was designed to resemble a medieval castle.

8. Bryn Athyn Cathedral

Bryn Athyn

Type of experience: Cathedral

Another project of the Pitcairn family, Bryn Athyn Cathedral’s symbolic building incorporates the teachings of the New Church. Built between 1913 and 1928, the main cathedral is Gothic style, while some of the adjacent buildings take on a Romanesque style. Guided tours are available Tuesday through Friday from 1PM to 4PM.

9. Hawley Silk Mill


Type of experience: Repurposed silk mill

Shop and eat as you make your way through Hawley Silk Mill, a 19th-century mill disguised as a castle, now turned multipurpose space. From art and clothing to a cigar shop and furniture store, the mill has redefined itself with weekly events year-round.

10. Grey Towers


Type of experience: Historic Site

Grey Towers was built in Milford by the father of Gifford Pinchot, the 28th Governor of Pennsylvania and first chief of the United States Forest Service. Leading architect of the era Robert Morris Hunt designed the Pinchot summer home to reflect the family’s French heritage. The grounds are open for self-guided tours seven days a week year-round.

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