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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  • August 14, 2017
    The castle is a huge old house built on the side of a hill. The museum has some beautiful old pieces, including a firefighters museum. The sun room is now a small tea room. If you want the high tea yo...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We found the Miramont Castle to be an excellent choice to visit. The rooms have so much history, and they are nicely decorated. This castle is hard to decribe as it was a hidden jewel to discover. We ...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    We throughly enjoyed touring this historical, 1895 castle/mansion. Thanks to the Manitou Springs Historical Society for their restoration furnishings and upkeep. We liked the self tour--you can spend ...  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    Well maintained and full of history. Self guided which is very nice. Renovations taking place in some areas but well thought out. It's a huge place so give yourself some time to see it all. Very nice garden above the castle next to the parking area
  • July 5, 2017
    My daughter and I have visited the Miramont several times in the last several years. We love the museum and especially love having High Tea at the end of our tour. The staff are the same people from years ago. They do a phenomenal job!
  • June 5, 2017
    Fascinating trip through time. Seeing a home anchored to the side of a mountain is STRANGE. A chapel, ornate bedrooms, a gallery of art, Moroccan windows, and servants quarters! Such a variety of things to see! Plus - if you plan ahead - you can enjoy lunch or high tea in the parlor!
  • July 7, 2017
    Enjoyed the collections of era items and more. Friendly staff. No elevator. Must climb stairs. Nice gift shop. A great house being reclaimed.
  • June 6, 2017
    This was such a cool find! Walking around Manitou Springs led us to this castle. I appreciate the work that has gone into recreating the castle as it once was. You can tell they can't do much about some of the larger upgrades and modernizations but it's not too distracting. It's a fun and low priced place to wander around for an hour or two (if you like museum type stuff). We enjoyed the information about how the different rooms were used and the differences in architecture. Maybe not the most exciting place for kids but I think I would have been amazed by it as a young one.

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