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Hammond Castle

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Address: 80 Hesperus Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone Number: 978-283-7673
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Description: Medieval-style castle built by inventor John Hays Hammond.

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Great way to spend an hour

The video provided a great overview before going on the self guided tour. Some interesting history, and fun insights into a rather oddball inventor, not to mention the experience... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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CT USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The video provided a great overview before going on the self guided tour. Some interesting history, and fun insights into a rather oddball inventor, not to mention the experience of the castle itself.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Self guided tour. I think it would be better if they had a guide that could walk you through the house and explain certain artifacts. They showed a short video at the beginning near the entrance, but a tour guide would have been better. Also, the grounds needed to be better maintained.

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Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A very rich man wanted to live in a castle and was unable to choose a castle style. So he built a castle in many styles. This is a very fun place with towers and an indoor swimming pool (the pool is closed to the public). You can combine this with a day at the beach for a fun family... More 

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Point Pleasant, New Jersey
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Each and every step you take and turn your head you will be astonished by the building, contents and spirits. The rooms are filled with energy. We spent about an hour and a half touring. You stop and look at something that captures you and you turn and another and another.. Keep an open mind and you will feel the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

It is totally surprising to discover such a unique Medieval Castle, located in America. It is not from the medieval era, and it is just a recent construction made by a rich collector. But it remains a very interesting place to visit.

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

You might want to get there early. Parking lot is not big enough for the amount of people it attracts, a lot of people coming and going. It is not handicap accessible. In some parts it is very dark. I did take a lot of photos. Unfortunately, some did not come out, because of the darkness. Make sure when you... More 

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Derry, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is such a unique and unexpected place - nothing else like it. The history behind Hammond Castle with all the little stories regarding the construction and architectural details adds to its charm. And the organ - if you are able, don't miss the opportunity to visit while they are scheduled for a concert.

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MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

When you are finished enjoying the historical fishing ports of Gloucester, take a awesome step back in time and be overwhelmed by everything in this beautiful castle. This attraction should not be missed!

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Buffalo, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Found this listed in a local brochure and decided to take a look...glad we did. This is the home of John Hammond inventor of the remote control. I don't know why we have never heard of this person. He has almost as many patents as Thomas Edison! He apparently is a very eccentric person and has built his home to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

My girlfriend and I love going to Castles and we really enjoyed this one. Very knowledgeable staff and a fun way to spend an afternoon.

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