I love seeing castles, so much so that I’ve started looking for them at home as well as abroad! I have spent time exploring some of the most beautiful castles in the world, and I can tell you, seeing castles in Arkansas can be just as exciting as seeing them in Europe!
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How to Visit Arkansas’s Castles
Well, if you’re from Arkansas you probably already know that getting around the state is really tough without a car. Unfortunately, none of these Arkansas castles are easily reachable by public transportation unless you already live nearby.
Since you really need your own wheels, I have tips below for renting a car if you don’t have one.
The good news is that most of these are easy day trips from many Arkansas cities, so hopefully, you can find one or two that piques your interest. However, if you do decide to stay nearby, all of these would make excellent Arkansas weekend getaways.
Tips for Renting a Car in Arkansas
It’s awfully hard to get around Arkansas without a car. Whenever I don’t drive my own car over from Oklahoma, I will pick up a rental car at whichever airport I fly into when I get to Arkansas.
If you’re also looking to rent a car, I use Discover Cars when I rent cars on my travels. You’ll be able to pick up a car at any airport or in your hometown.
Check availability and get a quote for a rental car for your trip here.
The Best Castles in Arkansas
In no particular order…
Castle Rogue’s Manor
This castle overlooks the town of Beaver and is situated near Eureka Springs. The castle is a rare building built on a hundred-foot limestone bluff and spans over 15,000-square-foot.
It was built in 1985 using native woods and consists of 12 rooms and a staggering 13 bathrooms. There are also guard towers and a great hall, as well as a gatekeeper’s cottage.
However, apart from being a tourist center, the castle also has a fine-dining facility available. They encourage people to come as they are, whether formally or casually dressed. Additionally, lodging is also available and you may book from among a variety of different rooms.
Lacey Michele’s Castle
Situated in Omaha, Arkansas, Lacey Michele’s Castle is one of the only Castle Airbnbs in Arkansas. While it might *technically* a cottage, it’s the perfect space to rent for a quick Arkansas getaway, and the stone walls and turret really help set the scene.
Some describe Quigley’s Castle as more of a stone house than a castle, however, no matter what you call it, it still remains an intriguing place to explore and has more than earned its nickname as the Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling.
In a world that grows distant from nature with time, this castle stands apart as trees go inside the large glass windows of this peculiar building.
It is situated in Eureka Springs and was built when a wife who was tired of her old building demolished it while her husband was gone. They then together built this marvelous piece of architecture which contains a variety of tropical plants in a two-story space. There’s also a collection of rocks that decorates the exterior.
The Castle on Stagecoach
Situated in Little Rock, The Castle on Stagecoach currently functions as an event venue for a variety of events including weddings, engagements, and corporate functions. This is one of the most popular castle wedding venues in Arkansas.
It was initially built in 1935 as a private residence for Dr. Koch and his wife by the architect Ed Brueggeman.
The castle is an example of architecture that combines both American and European history and portrays a serene and mystical vibe. Situated over one hundred acres, the property consists of stables, ponds, barns, and other pastoral views. There are even horses that graze in the fields on site. It doesn’t get any more magical than this.
This is one of the more recent castles, built in 2008 with more than 4000 tons of rocks. Inspired by Scottish architecture, and a lot of effort and strategy cultivated in the final grand look of this building. It’s situated at a beautiful spot surrounded by 40 forested acres.
Located in Fayetteville, it spans over 13,000 square feet and boasts 5 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms. There’s also a gourmet kitchen, a great room with space for dining, as well as a 770 foot square foot library.
This castle is currently on the market. Yep, that’s right! This is an Arkansas castle that you can actually live in, provided you have the dough.
Ozark Medieval Fortress
Situated in Lead Hill, Ozark Medieval Fortress was planned to be constructed as an exact replica of a 13th-century French castle. One unique feature about this fortress is that construction was supposed to be carried out with the exact methods and materials that were used in the thirteenth century.
This made the project a 20 year-long endeavor. While the site opened to visitors briefly, unfortunately, the project discontinued later on and the site is closed to visitors right now. However, you can still visit the area to see the remains of the initial projects if you wish to do so.
Eureka Springs Castle Treehouse
Some people describe this place as a romantic Disneyland. Situated in Eureka Springs, it is a unique vacation destination and lodging that comes along with unique (and even haunted) activities.
There are a variety of packages and themes available depending upon your needs and situation. The building is designed to be a 16th-century castle and thought has been put into every detail and everything’s made to make sure that your stay is as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
Arkansas Travel Resources
What to Pack for Arkansas
A camera so you can take photos of the special moments from your trip. Whether you bring a point-and-shoot like my Sony ZV-1 or rely on your cell phone like my iPhone 12 Pro, make sure you have at least one camera (though I always travel with two)!
Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!
Before you leave for your trip make sure you have a valid Travel Insurance Policy because accidents happen on the road. I have used World Nomads when I travel since 2016, and I happily recommend them.
Getting coverage is important whenever you’re more than a hundred miles from home in case of an accident, sickness, theft, etc.
Get a travel insurance quote for your trip here.
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Stephanie is a born-and-bred Oklahoma mom and travel expert who has been to over fifty countries. After living in Eastern Europe for four years, she has moved with her family back to Oklahoma to write about her favorite places growing up: Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, & Route 66!