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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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Don't skip this New England castle.

I cannot believe I never heard of this place before. Authentic European castle charm mixed with "mad scientist" inventions. I would love to live here!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Albany, New York
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Albany, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I cannot believe I never heard of this place before. Authentic European castle charm mixed with "mad scientist" inventions. I would love to live here!

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Plaquemine, Louisiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

If you really want to see everything this castle has to offer, plan on spending a day there. The location is incredible. It is perfect for outdoor events like weddings. It is located on the Atlantic coast with an incredible view. There is an astounding collection of artifacts in the castle. The main room makes you feel as if you... More 

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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
25 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This was a very cool spot ... It was $10 for adults to tour the museum inside the castle.... If you're into history check this out lots of replica artifacts as well as real,some from the 13th century!!... Cool armor and architecture.... Personal photography friendly... Commercial and wedding photos at a fee... I was happy with our visit...

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Adams, Massachusetts
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81 reviews 81 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Take the time & visit. Kids & adults will enjoy. Scenery is beautiful & the castle will keep you exploring for awhile. A real nice way to spend an afternoon.

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Sevenoaks
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97 reviews 97 reviews
8 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

We visited the Hammond Castle today as we were holidaying in the area. The castle is a smaller version of Hearst Castle over in San Simeon Ca. The theme is similar, where a wealthy man has built has built a folly to house his collection of European architectural finds inside. The main difference is that Hammond was an inventor rather... More 

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North Conway, New Hampshire
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

The castle is a wonderful tool to engage the young in age and heart to re live the splendor of America's age of inventions after the industrial revolution. The castle theme enthralled me as a young child, on visits to the museum with my grandparents, immigrants from Great Britain and Ireland. Then I learned that the history of the property... More 

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New Hampshire
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Just to get one thing out of the way, this is NOT a "fun place" to take the kids. Unless you have an older child into history, inventions, or artifacts...this is strictly an attraction only adults will appreciate. It is a breathtaking beauty as you make your way down from the parking lot. Including a view of the ocean &... More 

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charlestown mass
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I lived right next door to the castle and i loved it, grand and spooky all at the same time. they shipped this castle from europe piece by piece and it's amazing. Perched on a cliff over looking the atlantic ocean you couldn't ask for a better place for a castle. the tour is great, and they also play one... More 

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North Oxford, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Amazing history behind build and reason for structure. Winding castle steps lead to heights of room upon room - indoor pool - ball room - organ - all amazing sights. A well kept museum with tons of interesting nooks and crannies.

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Do not miss Hammond Castle when visiting the Cape Ann area. I've been many times just to explore the grounds on my own, and spend time on the back lawn enjoying the ocean view. I took my first official guided tour last summer, and I can't believe I waited so long to do so! You are guided throughout many rooms,... More 

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