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Bannerman Castle

Bannerman Island, Cold Spring, NY
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Ranked #4 of 10 attractions in Cold Spring
Type: Castles
Most recent review
- Nov 30, 2013
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English first
ceresco
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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MAHOPAC
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
21 helpful votes 21 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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NEW WINDSOR
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313 reviews 313 reviews
118 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 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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Evergreen, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Did maintenance on the grounds, pathetically as one of two members of the Cold Spring Kayak Club volunteer group, having to paddle several miles against the Hudson tides each way for the privilege. But the rare experience of visiting ruins, more typical of Europe than the US, was well worth all the effort. The eerie setting produced by the crumbling... More

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Ossining, New York
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65 reviews 65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

This tiny island in the Hudson River was bought by an eccentric collector and reseller of obsolete army/navy supplies. After he bought the island, he went a little crazy and decided to build a huge replica of a Scottish fort, and also a house for his family to live in. Unfortunately they weren't very well constructed, so have fallen into... More

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