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Experiencing Uhuburg

The Castle's unique features are worth a visit in itself, and there's plenty more to see and do throughout our open air grounds! Whether admiring the 360° view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from atop the Tower and castle walls or pondering the meaning of life amongst the philosophy murals, Uhuburg has something for you. In addition to exploring on your own, join our guided tours for the full experience.

Hours

Saturdays: Entrance from 10:00 to 2:00

Sundays: Entrance from 11:00 t0 2:00

Uhuburg grounds close at 3:00

For the upcoming holiday weekend we will also be open on Friday, July 5th

Entrance is open from 10:00 to 2:00, grounds close at 3:00

Weather

Day Visits at Uhuburg are mostly an outdoor experience, so check the weather and bring your coats and umbrellas if needed! We have some umbrellas on site for guests as well.

Tickets

Adults: $35

Seniors 65+: $30

Children ages 3-12: $25

Ages 0-3: Free

Military: $30

Special Dates

July 5th ~ open for the holiday weekend

June 22 & 23 ~ Swordsmanship

July 13 & 14 ~ Swordsmanship

Day Visits are mostly an outdoor experience and include:

Your choice of arrival time between opening and 2:00

Free parking and shuttle service

Two levels of castle walls and so many towers

Two acres of gardens & grounds

A collection of castle games

Mural project on various religions & philosophies (more added every year!)

Two guided tour offerings

Explore Uhuburg at your personal pace during open hours on your ticket date. Last entry is one hour before closing (Uhuburg typically closes at 3:00).

 Frequently Asked Questions 

Explore the Grounds

Climb the Lookout Tower
Walk the upper castle wall promenade
See the Philosophical Murals

Contemplate at the Zen Garden
Find your match at Castle Games
Grab a snack at our refreshment table
Strike a pose in the Gazebo
Sit, relax, and enjoy the view

Join the Guided Tours

Highlights of Uhuburg: Learn about the murals, architecture, and gardens. Departs from the Red Gates once an hour.

45 to 60 minutes


Great Hall & Tropical Atrium: Take passage through the Great Hall and into the atrium full of interesting plants.

Departs twice per hour from the Great Hall back entrance.

15 minutes

Enjoy the Gardens

Carnivorous Bog
Ponds (with tadpoles & coi!)
Odiferous Garden
​Native Garden
Eightfold Path
Produce Gardens

Greenhouse
Vineyard

Interior Tropical Atrium (a must see! Short tours offered all day)

Note: Not all areas are open to the public all the time due to maintenance, weather, private uses and special events.

Special Events
Swordsmanship Workshops & Demos

June 22 & 23, July 13 & 14

more dates to come

Try your hand at Medieval Swordsmanship with Appalachian Sword Club!

Participation is included in Day Visit tickets

Special ticket not required

Demos & hands on opportunities will run continuously through the day

Appalachian Sword Club at CastleFaire 2024
Need to Know Information

Please review the following information to know what to expect on your visit:

  • What do I do at Uhuburg? Guests tour Uhuburg in a museum style format, experiencing various features and areas at your own pace with the option of joining our two guided tours, both of which are offered throughout public hours. We recommend joining the guided tours as well as exploring on your own. Make sure to walk the upper castle wall and climb the Lookout Tower!

  • Can I buy food at the castle? We have a small selection of refreshments available via cash and Venmo in the back of the Great Hall. Bottled water is also available on the shuttle. Additionally, you may bring your own food & beverage.

  • Docents (guides) can be found around the grounds to answer questions and share information.

  • How long do people stay? Suggested time for a visit is 2 hours.

  • Pets are not allowed on the grounds at this time.

  • Where do I park? Guests park at our lower level and take the Uhuburg shuttle up to the grounds and back again at the end of your visit. Uhuburg staff are stationed at the lower level to assist with parking and for guest check-in. Personal belongings in vehicles are left at your own risk.

  • Classical statuesOur statues are that of a classic nature and some celebrate the human body.

  • Leave no trace: Please enjoy the grounds by looking instead of touching and please leave no trace. We ask guests to stay on the paths and in designated areas for the public.

    • Guests will be escorted off the grounds without refund if climbing on statues or castle walls, defacing mural artwork or any castle structures, causing damage to garden plantings,  entering ponds and/or exhibiting other similar behaviors that may be unsafe or disrespectful to Uhuburg grounds, guests, and staff.​​

Location & Logistics
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Location

571 Ridge Road

Helen, GA  30545, USA

Tips for finding us

Car Park

Parking

Parking is available at our lower level off of Ridge Road. A shuttle bus will take visitors up to the castle from this parking area.

Wheelchair Access Crosswalk

Accessibility

The castle grounds and walls are partially wheelchair accessible. An ADA compliant bathroom is available in the Great Hall. More information is in our FAQ's.

Finding Our Entrance

We are located at 571 Ridge Road in Helen, Georgia, USA. Look for red and white flags marking our entrance on the day of your visit (flags are only out during open hours).

 

The castle is not visible from the road. The driveway is on the South side of Ridge Road, about half a mile from either end of the road, and is also marked with a 571 mailbox in addition to the red and white flags. After turning into our entrance, slowly proceed through the green metal gates under the watchful eye of an owl statue mounted on a cairn. Uhuburg staff will greet you and direct you to parking.

Driving Directions

From Downtown Helen:

Head west on N Main St/Unicoi Turnpike. Drive past Betty's Country Store and take the next Left onto Hambly Street. Cross the river and take the first right onto Escowee Drive. After 0.6 miles, take the uphill left fork onto Ridge Road. After about a half mile, look for our entrance on the left.

From points South & Southwest:

From route 129, head north on route 75a for about 8 miles. Turn right onto Ridge Road for about 1 mile. Look for our entrance on the right.

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