History Tour Of Pythian Castle In Springfield Missouri

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 1 Hr
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  • Departure Details :
    1451 E Pythian St, Springfield, MO 65802, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Discover a classic castle right in the heart of Springfield, built by the Knights of Pythias. A 1-hour guided stroll through the ballroom, dungeon, and tower room complete this experience, all while learning about the history of this 1913 gem.


  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Family friendly
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
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The tour begins with 6-minute video history, then proceeds through the rest of the main floor covering the lobby, the ballroom and buffet rooms, weaving stories of former orphans, military and the castle's current uses. Proceed to the basement to see WWII POW cells, gargoyles, a dungeon and its modern guard. The tour then heads to the second floor to the theater where some rather amusing current history is told. The tour then proceeds to the historic sleeping rooms and finishes in the highest point of the castle, the tower room.

While quite a modest castle in terms of cost to build, visitors find the non-traditional history fascinating. It says history, but it is designed to entertain kids as well. There are stairs, so you will get your exercise, with a few resting spots along the way. Wheelchair accessibility is main floor only.


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Entry/Admission - Pythian Castle


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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum number of 4 guests apply for tour to take place. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Adult pricing applies to all travelers 5 years and up

Wheelchair accessible

Service animals allowed

Tour involves stairs. Wheel chair accessible to first floor only.

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

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  • 01-Aug-2022

    I was surprised on a Thursday at 11:00 a.m. there was 23 on the tour. Ages varied from 9 to 90. It was informative and made me wonder why this information is not more commonly known in Springfield. The guide was personable and willing to answer questions. Stairs and only two times do you have the opportunity to sit during the tour. I am a local and this was my first time visiting. I would recommend if your relatives come to visit or you are looking for something different to do in Springfield. All four of us felt it was a pleasant surprise compared to our expectations. Ages 60 -90 and we are family even thought TripAdvisor thinks family must include young or teen children. Photos not allowed during the tour accept two locations.

  • 10-Jul-2022

    Old photos, history, story of structure. Would like to have seen actual living quarters, bathroom facilities of early residents.

  • 03-Jul-2022

    Oh it was such an enjoyable afternoon to learn about the Pythian Castle. Our guide was great and we enjoyed learning about the history of this location.

  • 02-Jul-2022

    The host was awful. Pretty mean spirited as well. No original furniture. Boring tour. Too expensive.

  • 11-Jun-2022

    We had a blast walking through the castle! We enjoyed the history and our tour guide was wonderful! She did an excellent job of keeping us engaged! She was knowledgeable and very friendly! The castle is beautiful on the outside but we were a little confused why there was a Disney princess theme in the dining room. Btw, their cat scared us! Lol! I took a picture in the dining room , he is sitting in a chair under the table and his eyes were glowing! We got a scare and chuckle out of him! We really enjoyed the story of “Mr Boots” who likes to roam in the tunnel! Our 19 year old daughter loved carrying an EMF reader during the tour! She had a blast!!!

  • 07-Mar-2022

    The history of it The upkeep of the castle The multiple offers of tours, ghost tour, escape room, mystery dinner.

  • 30-Dec-2021

    The history of the castle was very interesting. It would have been nice to see it more original, but I know the castle had been used for multiple things. Our tour guide spoke a little too fast for my sister and I, as we are somewhat hard of hearing. Her knowledge of the castle tho was impeccable. All in all it was a good tour. I would recommend it for others.

  • 28-Jul-2021

    was alittle disappointed in this castle. pictures were not allowed to in most of the places and we couldnt hear most of what the tour guide said due to her mask. also make sure if you are vacanated that you have the card or they will make you wear your mask. it was a place that was ok to visit once and only once

  • 28-Jun-2021

    Had some spare time to kill on a quick pass thru and chose this. It is a beautiful location and the history of it was interesting but....it was hard to hear our tour guide as she had on a mask and there was no microphone. Some places she took us to were explained well and some not. Obvious things in the room were not explained which was weird. This is mostly because some props there are for the night visits but she didn't explain that. I enjoyed it but I didn't like the fact that she would not even mention things related to the ghost sightings - several people asked that question. She would only say she couldn't talk about Anything related to the night/ghost tour. We weren't asking for details, just if it was true. I think that's a huge missed opportunity because I would definitely have come back at night to pay more $$ for that tour if she'd just talk it up a little. She shut us all down when we asked - very weird. Also - they ask for proof of vaccination @ the entry gate. Otherwise you have to wear a mask. Come prepared for a pic of your vax card.

  • 16-Jun-2021

    The History Tour is not a family-friendly activity. The tour guide does a LOT of talking, sharing odd and unnecessary details as told from third-hand accounts. If you’re traveling with young children, don’t waste your time. My kids have been to and enjoyed dozens of museums and other historic sites, but they were utterly bored by this one. The details within the castle aren’t even enough to make up for the ridiculously dull tour; decor is a hodge-podge of eras. I’ve visited plenty of historic homes across the country (Mount Vernon, Arbor Lodge, Arlington House, Crescent Hotel, Adam’s Mansion, Joslyn Mansion, etc.) and without a doubt, this one is at the bottom of the list.

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