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Bannerman Castle

Bannerman Island, Cold Spring, NY
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Ranked #5 of 11 Attractions in Cold Spring
Type: Castles
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Poughkeepsie, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Take a boat from Beacon, New York to visit this odd island with its crumbling ruin of a castle and mansion. Built on the fortune made by Bannerman selling surplus arms in the early part of the last century, the place is at once a folly and a historical experience. The gardens have been recently and lovingly restored, making the... More

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Brooklyn, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I was kayaking on the Hudson with my partner and we went up to the island to get a better view of the castle-like structure there. A man on the dock invited us to put our boats on the dock and join their tour for $20/each. We joined a group who had traveled in a larger ferry boat and our... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

been wanting to see this place for 8 years- the river trip was informative and the guide knew his stuff -wish I'd been there before all the crumbling but happy to have gotten there- is definite must see

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Middlesex County, NJ
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We went on a Sunday afternoon, out of Beacon. It was very interesting and the gardens are lovely. We enjoyed the trip. A lot of walking (including up stairs) and it is NOT a place for young kids and strollers.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip from the moment we left the dock in Newburgh. All of the staff were friendly and very well informed about the history of this castle. I have lived in the Hudson Valley my entire life and never knew anything about it. If you want to visit you should go soon as it is unfortunately falling... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I have seen it from a boat in the river. I'd be curious to take the tour to visit this place and find out more about the man who built this place.

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New York City, New York
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80 reviews 80 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

I was so surprised when my train rode past Bannerman Castle for the first time.. it was a freakin' castle after all. I was so intrigued and had to go. My boyfriend purchased tickets in October online. We had tried to go before, but they had an issue with low tide and the boats getting stuck. While on the ferry... More

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Hewitt, New Jersey, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

and we would much rather explore on our own, but certainly worth the trip out. We were there in the heat of the summer and that was a bit frustrating combined with the quick day trip but it would be a lovely place to return to.

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Cortlandt Manor, NY
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66 reviews 66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Pollepel Island, about four miles north of Cold Spring, holds the picturesque ruins of Bannerman's Castle. Bannerman was an arms dealer who bought up much of the Union’s military supplies left after the Civil War and all the military surplus of the Spanish American War. He stored them in a warehouse in New York City and sold them out of... More

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Top Contributor
330 reviews 330 reviews
119 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

There is more of a mystique here than substance. An old ruin trying to be saved. Eeeh...the view of the Hudson was worth the trip. The castle did little for me

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