Originally built in 1909 by the Knights of Pythias members on 300 acres of donated ground, the castle like structure dominates its surroundings. The Pythian Castle is around an hour’s drive west of Dallas. It was built as a home for widows and orphans and is still used for this purpose but only 164 acres remain as an interstate was built through part of the land and some was sold off.
These days instead of one matron for 30 or more children there is a ratio of one staff member to 8 children! Friendship, Charity, and Benevolence are the qualities of the Pythians who reach out to meet the needs of others. The Auditorium is available for weddings and private events at a fee.
Where: 1825 E Bankhead Drive, Weatherford, TX 76086
Hours: Private – view from the outside unless you are planning a function here, have come to make donations or are volunteering to help as a tutor or mentor.
Phone: (817) 596-7776
Cost: Not open to the public.
The magnificent castle like resort overlooks Grapevine Lake. Unlike traditional cold and draughty castles without enough heating or bathrooms, the resort has luxurious accommodation, top quality restaurants, a number of shops and 4.5 acres of lush indoor gardens and winding waterways.
Paradise Spring is open seasonally for waterpark fun, and then there is the Relâche Spa & Salon, a state-of-the-art fitness center and plenty of venues for weddings, parties and other special events. The summer celebrations are not to be missed nor is the spectacular Lone Star Christmas.
Where: 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051
Phone: (817) 778-1000
Cost: Standard Room rates start from around $215. There is a resort rate of $20 that allows up to 4 guests per room access to Paradise Springs and various other hotel amenities like high speed internet.
Set on ten acres the castle estate provides a fairytale feel to the weddings held here. The castle has over 8,000 square feet of buildings and beautiful landscaping. You’ll feel like royalty on a visit here, so if you get an invitation don’t pass it up. Alternatively, you could hire the venue for a special event of your own, be it a wedding, special birthday or anniversary.
Where: 2071 Clem Rd Ext, Rockwall, TX 75087
Hours: Office hours Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Phone: (469) 702-1222
Cost: Contact for a quote.
Held inside a castle like structure the romance of medieval times is brought to life in the show where knights joust and shows of horsemanship are held. Tickets include dinner and the show, which provides loads of fun for all ages as you choose your knight and wave your banner and cheer for him. You are encouraged to eat medieval style – with your hands. The meal usually consists of tomato soup, chicken, corn, bread and apple pie or pound cake, and is pretty tasty. If you love horses and knights then this is the place to make the magic of a castle setting come to life. FYI the first two rows of seats around the arena allow for the most interaction although they are a bit pricier; there are good views from all the tiered seating rows however.
Where: 2021 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207
Hours: Mon to Sun 10 am to 10 pm.
Phone: (469) 342-5555 or (888) 935-6878
Cost: $60 per adult, $36.95 for children 12 and under.
This is a modern castle built in 2010 as a private residence on just over 1.5 acres. You will only be able to view this 8 bedroom 10-bathroom mansion from the street, as the property is not for rent or sale. If you really want to satisfy your curiosity about the interior of the property then view this video by Broadstone companies showing the medieval media room, indoor-outdoor cave with swim up bar. They never had it this good in Medieval times!
Where: 1161 La Mirada, Southlake
Hours: Private property – not open to the public – please respect owner’s privacy.