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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Cost of Visit (as at 04 Sept 2011):
Entry Fee: RM5 per person
Taxi: RM80 (fixed fare for transport from Ipoh, waiting time, and transport back to Ipoh)

We had read about Kellie’s Castle online and in tourist brochures, and were intrigued both by the opportunity to visit a “castle” in ruins and imagine the life that William Kellie Smith had been building for his wife, son and daughter. We hadn’t visited the Castle prior to this trip as it was just that little bit too far to visit as a day trip from Penang or from Kuala Lumpur (well, not too far but given it is almost 3 hours from each, it would be a long day), so when we decided that Ipoh would be our newest “adventure” in Malaysia, Kellie’s Castle was near the top of our list of things to see.

We visited the Castle as an excursion from Ipoh (combined with a visit to the Cave Temples just out of town) and are so very glad we did. For those who are considering a visit to the Castle, you are given a printout of the story of William Kellie Smith (often referred to as Kellie), though we think it’s worthwhile actually reading up before you go so you can wander the rooms and corridors of the castle and of Kellie’s other mansion, Kellas House, with the story of Kellie in your mind and imagination (there’s quite a good write-up on the Explore Ipoh website: http://www.explore-ipoh.com/kellies-castle.html ).

A visit to Kellie’s Castle gives you access to both Kellas House and the Castle. Both are quite well signposted with laminated typed signs giving information on the various rooms, as well as some interesting facts or background information (such as indicating the marble imported from Italy in the bathroom at Kellas House, or telling of the secret tunnel running from the wine cellar to the nearby Hindu Temple built by William Kellie Smith in response to the deaths due to Spanish Flu of a large number of his workers).

It’s hard to not just race into the Castle, but it is nice to wander around the old home first, and imagine living there while watching your future palatial home be built. Kellas House is mostly in ruins, signage tells that the damage occurred during WWII. While the Castle is certainly the more impressive of the two buildings, you can see from what was left of Kellas House that it was itself a vast, comfortable home.

Once you have roamed Kellas House, it’s time to explore the Castle. We explored all the way from the large basement wine cellar to the top of the top of the highest turret of the castle, visiting every corridor, storage room, bedroom, and corridor on the way.

The Castle is beautiful. For a building built between 1915 and 1926 (of course incomplete due to William Kellie Smith’s death from Pneumonia in Lisbon in 1926) it is in fantastic condition! It is spacious, regal, everything you imagine when you hear the word “castle”. We spent around an hour at Kellie’s Castle imagining what kind of life William Kellie Smith, his wife Agnes, and their children Helen and Anthony would have lived.

Helen’s bedroom has pretty blue plaster work on the ceiling which is almost 100 years old. The childrens’ two rooms (with their adjoined bathrooms) have both a small opening joining their rooms and an emergency staircase should they need to leave the home. William and Agnes’ bedroom is massive, absolutely huge, with a large bathroom and a separate room overlooking the nearby river. There are guest rooms within the main turret of the castle, purported to be for visiting plantation owners. Large reception rooms, the biggest linen closet we have ever seen, a bar for entertaining guests, and a rooftop area large enough to throw glamorous rooftop soirees!

They say the ghost of William Kellie Smith still walks the hallways of his Castle, and that Helen has been seen roaming her room. We visited during the day, but can imagine the Castle would be both haunting and hauntingly beautiful at night (the Castle is open from 9am - 6pm daily so the opportunity to visit at night isn’t an option).

We’ve attached some photos of our visit, Kellie’s Castle is well, well worth a visit. It’s a call back to yesteryear, to a love story, to colonial life, and to be honest, you can’t help but imagine what it would be like to live in such an impressive home.

Date of experience: September 2011
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

It's quite a big castle. A pleasant experience for myself and my children as we've not been to a castle before. Quite dirty though - spider webs, bats poo, dusty. We checked-out every floors and corners. Stairs are quite narrow so be very careful. An interesting castle with secret entrance exit and tunnel. There's no tour guide, you just explore on your own and there's sufficient information posted on the walls within the castle. We spent about 30 mins at this place as it was quite a hot afternoon.

Date of experience: September 2011
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Reviewed April 29, 2010

went to Kellie's castle last week. Tho the place was kinda spooky, i had a great fun of taking photos there :)
well if you're on the way to Cameron and wanna do something different, Kellie's castle is worth visiting!

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Reviewed May 4, 2019
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed January 13, 2019
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Date of experience: July 2018
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