Castle & park near Kungsbacka
The impressive castle Tjöloholms Slott in Tudor inspired architecture dates from the early 20th century and invites visitors to a discovery tour. The castle is located about 15 kilometres south of Kungsbacka on the peninsula of Tjolöholm in the Kungsbackafjord in the municipality of Kungsbacka Kommun.
In 1892, James Fredrik Dickson and his wife Blanche Dickson bought the Tjolöholm estate. Only five years later, they organised an architectural competition for the new construction of the castle. Lars Israel Wahlman, who was 27 years old at the time, won the competition and six years after the foundation stone was laid, the present Tjolöholms Slott was completed in 1904. The adjacent park and castle garden were also designed by Wahlman.
750 metres north of the castle itself, the small village of Allmogebyn and the Scottish-style castle church were built at the same time. The houses in the village were home to the castle's employees, today they can be booked for overnight stays.
After the castle and a total of 668 hectares of land were bought by the city of Gothenburg in 1964, the place slowly transformed into a museum and the visitor magnet it is today. In 1991, the estate was handed over to the Tjolöholm Foundation, owned by the municipality of Kungsbacka, and on June 28 of the same year, Tjolöholm was declared an architectural monument.
Discover Tjolöholms Slott
Public guided tours of the castle take place almost all year round and provide an insight into many of the castle's 36 rooms. Afterwards, the castle garden and park is available for a walk all year round. The museum building Hemtrefnaden is located in the workers' village of Allmogebyn. In the building, visitors can learn more about the living conditions of the workers and life on Tjolöholm.
Numerous hiking trails lead across the peninsula, past wet meadows, ancient oaks and exciting viewpoints. South of the castle is also the bathing beach Tjolöholms Havsbad. A large selection of books and souvenirs related to Tjolöholm Slott are available for purchase in the museum shop.
The former meeting house Storstugan in Allmogebyn is now a café and restaurant with a garden and terrace. A second café is located halfway between the castle and the workers' village.
Access to the park and the surrounding area is free of charge, visitors only pay an entrance fee to enter the castle. Every year, 250,000 people visit Tjolöholm.
Events at Tjolöholm
One of Sweden's largest car and motorbike events, the Tjolöholm Classic Motor, takes place every year on the third Sunday in May at Tjolöholm. Furthermore, a Christmas market has been held at the castle since 1988. Around a hundred exhibitors and craftspeople present their products to a good 15,000 visitors every year.
Tjolöholms Slott: Opening hours & admission
Monday – Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00
Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00
Last update: 02/2021 | Errors and omissions excepted.