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Gillette Castle State Park

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Address: 67 River Rd., East Haddam, CT
Phone Number: 860-526-2336
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: This 24-room mansion has undergone extensive renovations.

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Hidden Spectacle.

En route to visiting friends in Rhode Island, I was looking for something to check out having a couple hours to occupy. Heard about Gillette awhile ago & figured it was a good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Paterson, New Jersey
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Paterson, New Jersey
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

En route to visiting friends in Rhode Island, I was looking for something to check out having a couple hours to occupy. Heard about Gillette awhile ago & figured it was a good time to check it out. It's about 17-18 miles north of I-95. Kind of a zig zaggy route. Once you cross the swing bring in East Haddam,... More 

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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We've visited during the summer by way of the Chester ferry from route 9, but the most picturesque time is the Fall when our leaves are turning. The state has opened the castle during weekends before Christmas and the castle is festively decorated. Wonderful hiking trails and picnic areas. Take the inside tour and you'll be impressed. There is something... More 

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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

Too bad the castle was closed along with the small visitors center. The onky thing open was the restrooms. There was no notification of the closure until you drove up to the castle area. What a disappointment.

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Connecticut
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This place is so interesting. William Gillette was very ahead of his time. Great place to visit for everyone!

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Higganum, Connecticut, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I love coming here! I just wish it didn't cost money to go inside. It's so beautiful here and there's plenty of trails to hike. There's a great view of the river and all the boats going by.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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94 reviews 94 reviews
35 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We visited this odd, yet interesting castle on a rainy day: that's why we decided not to take the coal train leaving from Essex, but to use our car. On sunny days you can enjoy the ride of the old train and the magnificent views along the Connecticut River. The Gillette Castle is a bizarre granite mansion that was built... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Cool castle in the middle of Connecticut with splendid views. I enjoyed the drive there too. Must be superb in the fall

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My husband and I went here for a day trip. We had such a lovely day. The grounds are beautiful and the views are wonderful. We got a bite to eat and took a tour of the house. We love historical sites and it was very informative.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

If you ever visit the State of CT, take time to go and visit Gillette Castle. The trip there is lovely! You can bring a picnic basket and enjoy the day on the grounds. The tour of the house is short, but it is worth it! Great parking and tourist center. Make sure to view the movie that explains Gillette's... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

My fiancee and I visited here on 03-19-2015, on our anniversary and were kinda bummed couldn't go inside due to being off season, but still had fun and enjoyed the views, plus she loved it allot more since this is where I had just proposed to her on this day.

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