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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a castle? A man in Bellville, a small town about an hour outside of Houston, is doing exactly that, and he’s welcoming visitors to tour his medieval-style castle that’s deep in the heart of Texas.

Mike Newman, a Bellville native, always dreamed of having a unique home, and in 1998, he started to build his dream, breaking ground on his castle-inspired dwelling. Even though Newman didn’t have any real experience building houses — and certainly not in building castles — he designed the place by himself and built most of it with the help of an assistant.

Newman’s Castle was finished in 2006, and as you can imagine, a castle in a small Texas town quickly garnered attention from folks all around the area. So Newman decided to open up his one-of-a-kind home to visitors.

Today, Newman’s Castle offers tours every day of the week except Sundays, starting at 10:30 am. But you can’t just show up — reservations are required. To make a reservation, you’ll need to call Newman’s Bakery (did we mention Mr. Newman is an excellent baker and owns a shop down the road from his castle?) at 979-865-9804.


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Touring Newman’s Castle is truly a remarkable experience. The castle features a moat, a huge working drawbridge, a chapel, turrets, a courtyard, and a central keep with a beautiful view of the area. The interior also features a big dining room, gorgeous master suite, and other beautiful rooms throughout.

Tours of Newman’s Castle typically last between 1 to 1.5 hours, and you get to walk through the entirety of the premises.

There are even activities for kids to enjoy, like being knighted with wooden swords!


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Tour tickets are $20 and also include lunch, donuts, and cookies.

As always during these uncertain times, please practice safe social distancing and wear a face covering when near others.

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