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Hammond Castle

80 Hesperus Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
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Ranked #6 of 25 attractions in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles, History Museums, Art Museums
Traveler Description: Hammond castle was built by John Hays Hammond Jr. inventor of the remote control. The castle is a place to house a unique collection of medieval... more »
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Mass. - N.J.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

While this imposing structure had all the promise of being a smaller, younger cousin to Hearst Castle, a visit inside was unsettling due to the dark, negative energy that permeated the oppressively cramped residence-turned-museum. Many if not most objets d'art and artifacts have occult and death symbolism and/or seem to have been used for occult rituals. Hammond biographer John Dandola's... More

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Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

The Hammond Castle was located on a beautiful and interesting. Very much worth the money and time to go through.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you are in the area, definitely visit this place! The owner/builder was very thoughtful when laying out the place. There are lots of neat secrets and hideaways. There are free tours on the hour. I highly recommend taking the tour as they offer a lot of insights to the castle. Without the tour, it would have just been a... More

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Wolcott, Connecticut
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63 reviews 63 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

Re-tracing old places to show friends around Cape Ann. Hammond Castle is a worthwhile stop to peer into the past of and a little insight into a well known local figure. My last visit was in the 70's to attend an organ concert in the Great Hall - wonderful but a little sad to now know those concerts are no... More

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Chester, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A faux castle (they call it medieval, but how can you?) Medieval style, standing in the middle of the Mass countryside. That's bound to get locals and visitors interested. However if you have even been to a real attraction of this sort, you will see right through the movie set folly of a man with a little too much money... More

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Downsville, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Really great scenic views, and interesting architecture. We did not take the tour, but would like to next time we're there. Price for tour ($10) seemed reasonable, we just didn't have the time that day. Lots to see outside for free, and got some beautiful photos.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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76 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Children 6-10 $8, adults $10. You by tickets in the small gift shop but I wasn't given any advise. There is a room where you can watch a video about the home and owner. Only by luck did I get a pre-hired tour guide and gathered a lot more information. Without it you will be looking at a lot of... More

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Concord, New Hampshire
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

My wife and I visited this castle today as I was intrigued to see little medieval architecture in a not so medieval area. To start off with, the neighborhood in which the castle is nested is nice enough just to drive through. The castle itself sits on a cliff along the coast of Gloucester and has amazing views of the... More

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Rockport, Massachusetts, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Interesting tour and information about the eccentric Hammond family. Lots to look at, the Hammmond's knew how to upcycle before it became trendy. Fun Robin Hood festival in the summer and the Halloween Haunt is spooktacular. Even as a local I go at least once a year. Staff is friendly and you can wonder all you want. Fantastic for the... More

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10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Cool old castle. It's perched right on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The grounds are beautifully maintained with lush gardens.

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