Ever wanted to visit all the castles in Europe? Well did you know Texas has a European inspired castle named Newman’s Castle? Due to Covid-19 we have been looking for more things to do in Texas so we were so excited to find this hidden gem!
Newman’s Castle is located a little over an hour away from Houston, an hour and half away from Austin and two and a half hours away from San Antonio in Belville, Texas.
The castle belongs to Mike Newman. He had traveled to Europe many times and fell in love with all of their castles. He had bought this piece of land and thought why not build a castle? It took over 8 years to build and was done completely by Mike and one helper. In addition, to this day he still lives there.
There are tours available daily at 10:30am, they include lunch which is a sandwich. Tickets were $20 for adults. I called the bakery and she let me know to stop by to pick up my tickets, they ended up being wristbands. Then, she gave me a piece of paper with directions to the castle but honestly Google Maps gets you there just fine.
I believe the owner Mike normally does the tours but he had an emergency so someone else did the tour. First, he gave us a little bit of history about the castle and then let us ask any questions. Also, you get a demonstration of the human-powered bridge which you can see behind me and a demonstration of the trebuchet.
Our tour consisted of about 8 other people and no kids. The tour ended up being 30 minutes but I have read that the tours could be an hour to an hour and half and are very kid oriented, so we were happy with our short tour. Then, you are free to explore the whole castle.
Beware that there is no AC and it does get hot. We hurried up and took pictures and headed on our way out.
Would you add Newman’s castle in Texas to your bucket list?