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Hammond Castle

80 Hesperus Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
978-283-7673
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Ranked #6 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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Oakville, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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South Berwick, Maine
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The "castle" is a bit shabby due to age and lack of funds for upkeep. Tour guides add interesting antidotal info. The guide we had was not the best - she took up too much time with personal stories that made some guests uncomfortable and took up time. It's is incredible the art and architecture taking from previous centuries in... More

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Odessa, Texas, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It is a nice little self paced tour of the castle. You pay for your entrance and take your time exploring all of the castle. There are many passages and the spiral staircases are quite narrow. It is definitely not handicap accessible so don't try to visit if you have mobility issues. The exhibits are well documented and the grounds... More

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Bayside
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Jusr being on the beautiful grounds was Enjoyable. The story behind the Castle was fascinating. An eccenric genius had the castle built with all kinds of gadgets he invented.Really interesting stuff!!!!

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Lapeer, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This castle is beautiful on the outside & interesting on the inside. Here's what brains, wealth, & knowing the right people can get you. The castle is an interesting hodgepodge of collections, gifts from wealthy people, and items loved by John Hammond, the owner. Glad I visited it!

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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74 reviews 74 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

not as good as the sleeper mccann house, but still interesting. i wish there had been more info available about the rooms and their contents.

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Leominster, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My husband and I were totally intrigued with Hammond Castle. Like being taken back in time and fascinating to learn about Hammond's life and inventions. Fantastic!

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South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

First of all, their website suggests NOT using GPS to find this place. My husband and I did use our GPS and when we were supposedly at our location, we seemed to be in the middle of the woods. Thinking we should have taken their advise, we turned around and asked a man who was walking his dog. He told... More

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