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Gillette Castle State Park

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Address: 67 River Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423-1462
Phone Number: +1 860-526-2336

This 24-room mansion has undergone extensive renovations.

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Amazing Castle With Extraordinary River Views

Go back in time to a much more gentile age.This stone castle is amazing and the grounds with lots of trails overlooking the Connecticut River far below are just as amazing.The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Dennis C
Berlin, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Go back in time to a much more gentile age.This stone castle is amazing and the grounds with lots of trails overlooking the Connecticut River far below are just as amazing.The workmanship of all the interior wood work ,doors wooden door locks and masonry was all done by true craftsmen and awe inspiring to look at.Built and designed by a... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely location above the Connecticut River and a perfect spot to hike on a quintessential autumn afternoon. It was after the season so the museum was closed which was unfortunate as we would have liked to have learned more about the railway Mr. Gillette built to entertain himself and his visitors. We also wished we had a map of... More 

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Conroe, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately, the castle nor shop were open whenever we stopped by. The shop did have the restrooms open, so that was convenient. The views are quite nice even if the place is closed. We enjoyed walking around while driving through Connecticut to New York.

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Westbrook, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

This castle was inspired by the actor, William Gillette, who portrayed Sherlock Holmes, many years ago. Be prepared to walk a lot and climb stairs now and again. It's worth the effort. The castle is on beautiful grounds and there are picnic tables over looking the Connectlicut River. There are also paths along the river to explore as well. Inside... More 

Thank Dana G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

The web said it was open till 5 but it was closed for the season. It'll be open in May! From the outside the castle stood aloft with the stones of varied sizes and shapes giving eery site. The woods were greatly preserved with autumn colors. The scenery to and from was awesome.

Thank 348wisnup
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

As quirky and cool as the castle looks from the outside, the inside is a much more impressive treat. Everything was meticulously designed and tediously hand crafted. We've only lived in Connecticut for 10 months, and we've already toured through the castle three times. Each time you see new things. We've taken family and friends to a lot of places... More 

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Killingworth, CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Built high on a bluff overlooking the beautiful Connecticut RIver, Gillette's Castle is the strange, interesting former home of a famous Broadway actor. The grounds are great for hiking and picnics and the sweeping views over the river below look like pictures on a postcard.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

Arrived mid-morning and the Gillette home was closed for the season but was able to explore around the home outside. The views from the garden and patio areas provided views of the Connecticut River and surrounding hills, simply amazing. Worth the trip to park even if closed for the season.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

We had the opportunity to visit Gillette Castle. William Gillette of Hartford was one of the biggest actors of the 20th century. He was a silent movie star, and wrote and starred in the stage play “Sherlock Holmes.” After a 60-year career, he built a million-dollar medieval castle in East Haddam overlooking the Connecticut River as his private residence. It's... More 

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Somers, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Although closed for the season, we could walk the grounds of the castle, just not go in to the castle. Well worth the trip, even if you just take your lunch with you. Not a very big state park, but easy to navigate.

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