Gillette Castle State Park
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This 24-room mansion has undergone extensive renovations.
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Jack L
East Syracuse, NY808 contributions
Sep 2021
My visit was on September 13, 2021, a Monday, the day before I viewed the castle from below on the Connecticut River, while on the river boat off the Essex Train ride. I didn't realize the castle was in my future. Only after arrival did learn the visitor center was closed. I don't know if the castle itself can be toured. For the late season visit I would suggest a direct phone call for time & what can be toured.

Was able to photograph much of the castle's out side. The castle is quite the structure and about 200 yards above the Connecticut River. The castle was designed, owned & lived i by American stage actor William Gillette , who portrayed Sherlock Homes. William lived in the castle from 1919-1937. The castle is a three story plus tower structure, with 22 rooms, built of wood, cement & Connecticut field stones. Plenty of free parking.

If a person has an interest in type of medieval structure, this castle should not disappoint. This was my first castle & enjoyed the structure. The only thing missing was the drawbridge. A visit is recommended.
Written January 22, 2022
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ems_jls
Marlboro, NJ103 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
It's a happening site and by the time we got there in the mid-afternoon, tickets were sold out for the castle tour for the rest of the day. But you could still walk up to the castle and peer in a couple of windows. And right by there is an overlook with a great view of the Connecticut River far below. Best for us was a little theatre area with a half-hour production of "A Scandal in Bohemia", a Sherlock Holmes story done old radio style (if you listen to Radio Classics on SiriusXM it's a must). I wish the park had a paper map with hiking trails etc on it but instead you are supposed to read a QR code and get a map on your phone but it didn't work for me. Facilities at the park better than average for a state park I would say.
Written July 17, 2021
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milliegordon2
Southbury, CT595 contributions
Jun 2021
Enjoyable self-guided tour. This is a stunning castle with an interesting history. We watched a movie before touring the castle. Thank goodness it is air-conditioned because the weather was extremely hot and humid. The views are also awesome. We didn't explore outdoors very much because of the weather, but I think we will return and spend some more time.
Written June 21, 2021
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Old Mill
Lancaster, PA7 contributions
Oct 2021
This remarkable place is the product of the actor who, in the 1890's, created our image of Sherlock Holmes. It was designed by him with great attention to detail. It's a monument to him AND to the local craftsmen who built it and decorated the interior. There are something like 28 hand 'carved' wooden doors - each one is different.
Written November 4, 2021
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WiseInTexas
The Woodlands, TX2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
If you’re into history, architecture, hiking, nature, and scenic vistas, this is a must visit! Gillette was as much of an inventor as an actor. The park employees do an excellent job of explaining the history and details of the castle. Before you visit, call and/or go to the state park website to determine the hours of operation, as they vary depending on the season. The park itself is always open from 8 AM till local sunset, so you can always view the exterior of the castle and the park grounds. If you want to tour the interior of the castle, check the days and hours of operation before visiting. To avoid a long wait, reserve a time slot over the phone before you visit.
Written November 19, 2021
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Bev M
Weatogue, CT206 contributions
Jul 2021
Spend 30 minutes are so to immerse yourself in the character, Sherlock Holmes/William Gillette as portrayed in radio drama acted out by the members of the East Haddam Stage Co. This gem of an experience is free Sat & Sun performed at 1 & 3PM july 3 though Aug 8, 2021 on the outdoor stage. Bring an umbrella for the sun, it is summer. Wonderful people , they are wonderful actors.

To tour the castle after, there is a modest fee. it is best to buy your tickets online, They can sell out. If you prefer to hike the grounds there are plenty of trails. Great views of the river. The snack shake is open.

Have fun!
Written July 6, 2021
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Stephen P
East Meadow, NY113 contributions
Jun 2021
This is a "must see!" What a true gem in East Haddam, CT. My wife and I were staying near by at a B&B and decided last minute to come visit Glllette Castle. It is truly an amazing and historical piece of architecture! The grounds, exterior of the castle, and the incredible interior designs were all spectacular. The fee for the interior castle tour was only $6. There are 3 floors. On each floor there are guides to give you background details of the designs of the castle as well as William Gillette's own interesting life. Don't miss this one!
Written June 14, 2021
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT1,845 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
After 17 months of being closed, Gillette Castle is now open to the public. From a distance, it looks like a medieval sand castle. When you're up close, there are crooked lines and unmatched stones which is different than what you would expect. William Gillette took 25 years to complete the mansion. This is an out of the ordinary fortress that is worth checking out.

In addition to seeing the fortress, don't miss out on the grounds. You can see scenic views of the CT River and there are hiking trails and picnic spots for your enjoyment. If you follow the trail, it will lead you down to the river where you can catch the Chester-Hadlyme ferry. They recently reopened in April.
Written May 31, 2021
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD8,444 contributions
May 2021
My wife and I visited the private home of William Gillette, a stage performer who played Sherlock Holmes. He lived in this 3-story, 24-room, 14,000 sq ft castle from 1929-1937. Built of local fieldstone and supported by a steel frame, it is now undergoing a major restoration. The wikipedia article states that some of his notable guests included Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein.
We enjoyed its perch high above the Connecticut River and watching the small car ferry below. The estate is now a 122 acre state park.
Written May 25, 2021
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SuperAdventure
Williamsburg, VA110 contributions
Jun 2021
We stopped here on a road trip through the northeast. It was a really nice stop and we enjoyed our time visiting the castle. I wasn't sure that my kids 7 and 10 would appreciate it, but they both said it was better than they expected. We paid to do the tour of the inside and it was really neat and different to see the inside of the castle. I think there is like 42 doors in the castle and none of them are the same. There is 3 floors to see inside. They are currently working on the outside of the front of the castle so the view from the front is blocked by workers and trucks. The grounds around the castle had people hiking. Nice place to stop and reasonable price to get in. The workers were nice and informative.
Written June 27, 2021
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