Manitou Springs, Colorado: Miramont Castle

1895 residence of Father Jean Baptist Francolon's family is a pseudo-European Castle that joins the crowd of old dwellings whispering "We're haunted!"
Address:
9 Capitol Hill Ave., Manitou Springs, CO
Directions:
Take 24E and Exit Manitou Springs. Take 3rd exit (left one when you reach the circle) on Ruxton Ave. Take a right where the signs are.
Hours:
Summer Daily 9 am - 5 pm, Winter Tu-Sa 10 am - 4 pm, Su 12-4 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
719-685-1011
Admission:
Adults $8
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Miramont Castle. Miramont Castle Museum

Large home amongst small Victorian homes. It displays several architecture styles. The streets surrounding are very narrow and it seems like it is hard to get to due to one way streets. There is a self-guided tour with fair access to a lot of the structure. It starts with a small display of fire equipment on the first floor. You are then herded maze-like thru the former residence. There are placards throughout that describe the contents and rooms. A lot of the rooms have a theme, and there is a chapel as well. There is also a tea room that we did not partake in.

Overall a lot of nice victorian pieces and was great that you were free to go at your own pace. It still only took us about 45 minutes to get to the gift shop that ends the tour. The grounds are very small but very nice. We were disapointed with the gift shop -- lots of candy and typical gift shop fare with not much memorabilia of the castle itself.

[Rod Pombo, 06/18/2011]
Castle. Miramount Castle

This castle is said to be home to spirits.

[Kristina, 04/11/2011]

The sprawling 1895 residence is open for tours. Father Jean Baptist Francolon's, Victorian-era version of a European castle combines Gothic, Romanesque, Tudor, Byzantine and half a dozen other architectural styles. There used to be an underground tunnel to the nearby sanitarium.

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