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Hammond Castle

80 Hesperus Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
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Ranked #5 of 26 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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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Worth the money but don't expect the Hurst Castle but it is interesting and informative. It will make you wonder about the mind of the man that built it.

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I've been waiting for years to visit the castle since I first heard about it. What a spectacular place with an even more spectacular view. Wow! For a fee of $10 you have access to the castle and grounds. Majority of the castle is made accessible to the public, which was really nice. We started off with a video about... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a must see if you're in the area. Hammond castle is beautiful for adults and magical for kids since you really do feel like you are entering a real castle.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We purchased tickets last October during their Halloween time to tour castle. Met plenty of friendly people while riding the bus over and really enjoyed the castle at nightime!

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Rochester, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went for a Thursday night candle light tour of Hammond Castle. First, it's not really by candle light. Consider it more a dimmed lighting tour. The tour was limited and we didn't get to see the whole house, however, they do let you return the next day for free to see the house in the day time. Our tour... More

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Hammond, Louisiana, USA
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Went at dusk. The castle and grounds are stunning. Breathtaking views, and beautiful flowers. Wished we could have gone on the candlelight tour.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

As a 40+ something, I really love Hammond Castle. It's very cool and I love the narrow winding staircases, the art, the tapestries, Hammond's collections...the overall feel of the castle. My 11-year old was less than impressed. She just passed through the rooms without really appreciating the art or the awe of some of the rooms. She thought the pool... More

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Oakville, Connecticut
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We recently visited the Hammond castle after just driving by it. I would highly recommend if you go to listen to the tour provided. I learned so many interesting facts and information about the castle and the owner and liked how the tutorial was personalized with stories versus just facts and dates. I don't think I would have enjoyed as... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Our family loved this spot so beautiful. There were 2 options that you would be able to do. One would be go with a tour guide around the castle or watch a video that explained about the castle. The cost was not bad and we went with option 2 and walked around the castle at our own pase and were... More

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a very free wheeling place to visit. Mr Hammond vision of a European castle was very well conceived. The staff were very helpful and informative. However, the visit could be improved by either audio guides or a tour guide. There is just so much unique objects, furniture and complete parts of old French and Italian houses designed into... More

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