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Pythian Castle

1451 E. Pythian St., Springfield, MO 65802
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Ranked #10 of 32 attractions in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
Owner description: Springfield's most enchanting events venue offering history tours, ghost tours, murder mysteries, comedy nights, holiday events, private rentals and... more » Owner description: Springfield's most enchanting events venue offering history tours, ghost tours, murder mysteries, comedy nights, holiday events, private rentals and more. Originally, built by the Knights of Pythias as an orphanage and later owned by the US Military for over 50 years, this castle is rich in history. Don't miss your chance to visit this historic castle recently listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. « less
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Lexington, Missouri
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a guided tour of "part" of the castle with the guide sharing experiences of interactions with ghosts. The guide kept saying ,if you want to see "this room" you'll have to come back for the night tour. This would have been much better as just a tour of the castle. Plus it's full price for all ages. In... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Saw this ad about this castle and decided to check it out. At first didn't think it was worth the time but decided to go in and take the tour. Cost 7.50 pp reasonably priced. So it turned out to be a very nice little piece of history and the lady who gave the tour turned out to be the... More

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Tyronza
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Wow! Such a great experience! In all my trips to Springfield, I had never even heard of this. Then, while planning a Branson vacation, we saw it listed and decided to check it out. The history is so fascinating and the owners have a real passion for the castle. Something I have never experienced before but am so glad I... More

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Joplin, Missouri
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15 reviews 15 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Great place to visit, but I recommend the ghost tour because cameras are allowed. Neat old castle with an amazing history.

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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It was made for homeless people that had belonged to the Pythians, something like the Mason's. It has a long history and is very large and the owners have taken a lot of time and money to try and bring it back to life and history. If you are int he areas and have about 1.5 hrs to look at... More

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Iowa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

My cousin has lived in Springfield for 20 years and has never heard about this place. My family visited this castle for a 1pm ghost tour. We are so glad we did! You can take pictures but no videos. The tour guide was excellent and told us about the ghosts that roam the entire building. The castle has a history... More

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Fairview Heights, Illinois
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65 reviews 65 reviews
30 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We took the nighttime Ghost Tour and had a good time. The guy who led it did a great job of telling the history of the "castle" and the possibility of ghosts being there. He involved audience members with his presentation, was humorous and knew a LOT of the history of the place. The owners are in the process of... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

i attended the wedding of Danielle and Justin Food and while everyone tried to keep their cool for the bride and groom this lady running it was a total witch to say it nicely. Tamara showed everyone her bottom while moving two flower pots on the porch to hold open the doors instead of swatting like a lady or asking... More

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PythianCastle, Manager at Pythian Castle, responded to this review

Not sure as a guest you are aware we were the facility for this wedding, not the photographer. If the bride does not get her photos, I suggest she contacts the photographer. Note, photographers can take days, even weeks to prepare wedding photos. More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Went to a wedding at this castle. Would have been nice had the owner not made everyone uncomfortable. I believe her name is Tamara. She is very bossy and ran around acting like she was the one getting married and wanted everything her way. Wouldn't allow anything to go the way the groom and bride had planned. Threw a fit... More

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PythianCastle, Owner at Pythian Castle, responded to this review

After reading an unpleasant review of us from this event and the threat of many to follow, I apologized to the bride and asked her if we ruined her day. This is her response. "I enjoyed myself quite well.... as for others i don't care. It was my wedding day and i loved it. My guess would be my mother... More

Knoxville, Tennessee
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The castle has a weird history. The owner did the tour and had a very strange method of presenting the place. The castle was built by a social order and housed orphans and elderly members and family of members. That was followed by the military using the facility as a hospital, prison, and social hall during World War Two ,... More

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