Address: 12025 Shore Rd, Loveland OHIO 45140
Phone: (513) 683-4686
Info: Summer Hours: April – September Monday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm everyday. Winter Hours: October – March
Saturday 11 am – 5 pm Sunday 11 am – 5 pm Weather Permitting! Admission: $3 for adults.
The Historical Loveland Castle’s web site says, “Chateau Laroche was built as an expression and reminder of the simple strength and rugged grandeur of the mighty men who lived when Knighthood was in flower.” Harry Andrews built this castle one brick at a time for his boy scout troop, the Knights of the Golden Trail or KOGT. When entering the castle, you feel as if you are stepping back in time, although Harry really finished his castle around 1980.
Typical Day: My kids love going to this castle and love planning our picnic by the Little Miami river for afterwards. One time we went to the castle with my sister-in-law and her four children. What a group of fun Knights. When you pay your admission fee, the cashier tells you the story and history of the castle in great detail. The kids are mesmorized. It’s not a large castle, but there are period artifacts, knight suits of armor, weapons, kingly chairs, and ancient pictures everywhere. On the first level, there are a couple tables with checkers and interactive games for the kids to play, and on the second level, after carefully climbing up the very narrow and winding staircase, there is a continuous looping video of the live and history of Harry Andrews and the castle. Below the first level is the dungeon which is empty but fills your mind with tales, and then the outside gardens.
I had bought foam swords for all the kids in our group, and as we made our way back to rows and rows of beautiful garden, we had fighting duals and horseless races. We finished our day at the shaded picnic tables along side the Little Miami River. I can’t tell you how many times my kids ask, “When can we go back to the castle?”
Cincy Kids: APPROVE