Thank you for visiting Castle in the Clouds! There is more history throughout the property than can be shared with you in just one day. We hope you’ll explore this page to learn even more about Lucknow and the ways you can enjoy our beautiful property and the conserved land that surrounds it.
Virtual Tour: Lucknow’s Second Floor
Not everyone can easily navigate Lucknow’s staircases to the second floor. If you did not see this space during your visit, we invite you to follow us upstairs to explore the guest wing, master suite, servant’s quarters, and beautiful views that can be enjoyed from every room. Preserved in time, thoughtful details and natural light make this a welcoming space to have arisen to each morning.
Prepared and narrated by: Robin Sherman, Curator & Museum Manager
Browse our Virtual Library
Our ever-expanding virtual library includes hours of additional content to continue your exploration of the Lucknow estate! There, you can enjoy video content about the geology of the property and how the land was used before Lucknow came to be, learn about the Castle’s historic collection items, listen to an oral history, and even enjoy a beautiful rendition of a poem written by Olive Plant, the lady of Lucknow. The library also includes activities for children (and adults!), our latest blog posts, informational cards on each of the home’s rooms, and an archive of exhibits that have appeared in our Carriage House Gallery. This space is growing, so please check back often for even more opportunities to learn about Lucknow.
Don’t miss these stops on your next visit!
CAFÉ IN THE CLOUDS
The Café in the meadow by Shannon Pond is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat while setting your sights on the surrounding mountains. This year’s menu include’s new spins on Carriage House classics like the Tom Foolery sandwich, and also offers items like soft pretzels, flatbreads and wraps. Of course, no trip to Café in the Clouds is complete without a sweet treat – we proudly serve Gifford’s ice cream!
All Café seating has been adapted to meet social distancing guidelines so you can enjoy dining in a safe, outdoor setting. You can even kick back with an adult beverage from our drink menu!
Please check here for up-to-date hours of operation.
If you’d like to take a little piece of the Castle home with you, the Gift Shop is worth a visit. We have custom products inspired by the historic features of the Lucknow mansion, such as roundel earrings and a decorative Lucknow Pines scarf. We also sell vintage games, men, women and children’s apparel, yummy edibles like local chocolates and maple syrup, and other made in NH products that include soaps, candles, bug sprays, nature-inspired postcards and earrings, and even treats for the canine companion.
Just as with your admission purchase, all gift shop purchases support our non-profit mission!
*Please note: For the 2020 season, all gift shop items are located inside the Carriage House while the gift shop is being used as a ticketing office for safe practices during COVID-19.
HIKING & WALKING TRAILS
The 155-acre property of Castle in the Clouds is surrounded by more than 5,000 acres of the Castle Conservation Area preserved by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT). More than 28 miles of wooded trail boast beautiful views and endless opportunities to observe the diverse flora and fauna of New Hampshire. Stop by any time between dawn and dusk year-round to enjoy a leisurely stroll around Shannon Pond, a short hike along Shannon Brook and its 7 waterfalls, or to spend a full day summiting a mountain peak. In the winter months, the trails are the perfect place for a quiet snowshoe through the woods or to enjoy the cross-country ski trails maintained by LRCT volunteers. Two hiking parking areas are available on the property – one across from the Crystal Geyser water bottling plant and the other across from Shannon Pond.
Support the Castle
The mission of Castle in the Clouds is to preserve, interpret and share the buildings and landscape of Castle in the Clouds as a cultural resource for the benefit of the public. There are many ways you can support our meaningful non-profit even after your visit, each of them tax-deductible by the full extent allowed by law.
Become a Castle member Save money on admission, enjoy gift shop discounts and reduced admission to select programs, receive our member newsletter, and more.
Make a one-time or a recurring donation Any amount makes a difference and contributes to our ability to sustain this special place for future generations.
Adopt an artifact Is there an artifact inside the Castle that you’re especially drawn to? You can help care for our historic collection by adopting (or “sponsoring”) one or more items on our adoption list. Your financial support goes toward the preservation of the artifact of your choosing and/or the museum’s mission as a whole.
Become a Volunteer Volunteers are crucial to the fulfillment of our mission. Volunteers greet visitors, tend gardens, provide office help, are museum Docents, and more. Donate your time every week, or every once in a while!
Continue the Conversation!
While we encourage an unplugged experience during your visit so you can rejuvenate in the beauty and natural setting of the estate, be sure to “plug in” when you get home to stay in touch with us! We use social media all year long to share information on the variety of public programs we offer, fun tid-bits about the Castle, and daily happenings on the property – along with the occasional terrace sunset photo. Be sure to follow us below on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
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