Noisy Castle – Amazing Architecture


The castle of Noisy or Château Noisy is a castle in the Ardennes that was built in 1866 and designed by the English architect Milner. It is built in a neo-Gothic style. The castle has had various tasks and is also known as Château Miranda or Home de Noisy, which was the name when it still served as an orphanage. The architect Milner died before the castle was completed. It is one of the most famous urbex locations. The castle is also called Château Miranda or Miranda Castle.

The history of the castle
During the French Revolution, the Liedekerke-Beaufort family left Vêves Castle to live in a nearby farm. After the revolution, the family commissioned the English architect Milner in 1886 to design a castle as a summer residence right next to this farm. The castle remained inhabited by the family until the Second World War. The Germans took the castle into use during the Second World War. The castle was then used by the NMBS as a children’s home and from about 1980 it was used for outdoor sports activities for children of the NMBS (Belgian Railways) staff.

Construction was completed in 1907. So it is actually still a fairly young castle. I think it looks more like a Walt Disney fairytale castle. The castle has 105 rooms and more than 550 windows.
The current condition of the castle
After the castle became vacant in 1991, it quickly fell into disrepair. Almost all windows in the castle have been shattered and some parts of the building, such as entire stairwells, have collapsed. The building is completely dilapidated on the inside, nature is slowly taking over and it is starting to look more and more like a ghost castle.
Demolition started on October 24, 2016, but the demolition work soon stopped. Demolition continued again in the summer of 2017.
Then October 2017 the castle has been completely demolished. So there is no point in visiting the castle anymore, as it looks more and more like a haunted castle.