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Miramont Castle Museum, Manitou Springs

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Initially built in 1895 as a residence for Father Jean Baptist Francolon, Miramont Castle Museum represents an architectural delight with styles ranging from Byzantine to Tudor. Today, tour the museum's 42 rooms decorated in Victorian-era fashion as well as lush, manicured gardens. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for ghosts--many claim the attraction is haunted by apparitions. Just ask the staff about some of the house's unexplained incidents! Plan to see Miramont Castle Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Manitou Springs tour planner.
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  • We did all of it and enjoyed all of it. Lunch was fabulous, delicious salads and entrees. Staff is nice everywhere. Wonderful gift store with lots of choices (mostly for women though).  more »
  • So, so place! I don't think it was worth the $. Interesting historical walk through. I would have liked more info about the priest that got run out of town!  more »
  • While we like to see Mansions and Castles I don't think this was worth the cost. The kids couldn't wait to get to the end. Although you do appreciate the work that the historical society had to do to ...  more »
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  • Victorian Senior citizens run this Victorian castle and they believe they are from that Era. It's not a joke they really believe that, the curator being almost 80 years old is out of touch and delusional. They make claims to talk to ghosts on a regular basis and which only proves the level of delusion that's within. No spirits just a bunch of retired seniors Not willing to listen to changes made by Staff or Tourists. For historians you'd think they would know slaves were ripped apart by dogs, and yet they allow a dog to sit in front of their business, and they have off color signs about your kids being sold into slavery, they can't even hear that they appear racist even if they may not be because they are stuck in 1895. Young people and children shouldn't take the tours nor work there because they are unwanted, there is not one interactive or touchable exhibit for kids. They discourage every employee. Their Victorian Garden is overgrown, underbrush can be seen, and it just looks unloved, unkept, and neglected which reflects Gardener who tends it. The tea room has been losing money since the 80's with high turn over for chefs. The Chef for the last 9 months completely turned it around, making sure the products were fresh everyday, standard of cleanliness met, and he inspired those around him to care about the food service being provided. All they could see was too many tourists dirtying the carpets and they refuse to hire a maid service because the maids steal money out of the donation bins which is why there are so many reviews of a dark and oppressive Castle. The history of the Castle is dark too, with a pervert priest and nuns who used the castle as their own personal retirement home, which is what the current Curator does now, hires her retired senior citizen friends who intend and hope to not be busy. If you're not from Manitou, not over the age of 50, and you're not willing to play political games with senior citizens then you'd should Not work here or visit.
  • I recommend the tea and tour if you are heading to Colorado Springs. Miramont Castle is a beautiful building in Manitou Springs. They have an authentic tea in the afternoon, but I recommend reservations. They also have a great gift shop.
  • Miramont Castle looks awesome from the outside. Upon walking past it, I was amazed and the castle appeared to be breath-taking. Unfortunately as soon as I walked through the front door I was heavily disappointed. Prices were jacked up higher than what they needed to be, and you were solicited into buying the book at the front desk. After a short, pointless briefing, you were set free to explore the castle level by level. The first floor entailed Manitou Spring's fire fighter museum which was very interesting to view the progressions over time, but had no business being in the castle. This seemed to be the common theme throughout the self-guided tour. Each room, the ones that people were permitted to walk in at least, seemed to have random stuff thrown in. The items in the rooms didn't make much sense for being in a castle of that time frame and it felt like I was in a history class because of posters on the wall rather than actually viewing a piece of history. The castle restoration looked great, but the interior decorators are clearly from this era and missed the mark big time. I would not waste your time or money on the castle.
  • A million interesting things to look at. The top floor gallery of Charles H. Rockey paintings is worth the visit alone.
  • Beautiful castle with lots of history. Very nice and informative staff!