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Glendora, California

Rubel Castle

Explore the most unique castle in all of Southern California.

When he was 18, Michael Rubel bought 2.5 acres of a citrus orchard in Glendora, California. Therein, he quickly set to fulfilling his childhood dream of owning and living in a real castle. Over 26 years, and with the aid of thousands of volunteers, Rubel Castle, sometimes called Rubelia, stands in the otherwise sleepy Californian suburb.

Finished in 1987, the Rubel Castle is a place to explore, to discover and, even, to live. There are still artists' lofts in this structurally sound castle. When Micahel Rubel passed away in 2007, he left the castle in care of the Glendora Historical Society. It was officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

Led by Scott Rubel, Michael's nephew and one of the last remaining family members, we'll explore the courtyard, drawbridge, clock tower, retired citrus packing house, faux graveyard, dungeons, printing press room, Santa Fe Railroad caboose, and blacksmith area.

Post-tour at 12 pm, all are welcome to join us for a picnic! Bring your own sack lunch or swing by The Donut Man on your way to the castle.

Please note that the Glendora Historical Society offers regular tours accessible to the public by advance reservation. This event provides a unique experience led by Scott Rubel, exclusively for Atlas Obscura.


  • Ages 8 and up. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The castle is not ADA accessible. There are no sidewalks or handrails. Walking surfaces include gravel and bare ground. There are no rest benches along touring routes. Sturdy footwear is required (heels, flip-flops, and sandals are not recommended).
  • Please be prepared to walk and stand for the duration of the tour.
  • Plenty parking of space along Live Oak Ave.
  • A signed liability waiver will be required from all confirmed attendees.


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