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Gillette Castle State Park

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67 River Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423-1462
+1 860-526-2336
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Great Walk, Fabulous View

The ‘castle’ is interesting, but the best is on the outside! The trails through the park are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Joel I
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East Haddam, Connecticut
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Wonderland on the CT river

What a great adventure, the tour taught me some added history I didn’t know about Mr. Gillette! We... read more

Reviewed October 25, 2017
sdparent1
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East Windsor, Connecticut
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This 24-room mansion has undergone extensive renovations.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good26%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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67 River Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423-1462
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67 River Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423-1462
+1 860-526-2336
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The ‘castle’ is interesting, but the best is on the outside! The trails through the park are wonderful. Stroll slowly and listen. Lots of birds and critters. At the castle, take in the view of the CT River Valley! Truly spectacular!

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Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

What a great adventure, the tour taught me some added history I didn’t know about Mr. Gillette! We walked Dow from the Castle to the river and the ferry crossing. Then back up a different route. Nice leisurely walk even for a disabled person like...More

Thank sdparent1
Reviewed October 24, 2017

This is a very cool and uniquely built castle. Was so disappointed that they were closed for tours for the season, since we were there in October. But the castle building was still interesting. The grounds are also overlooking the Ferry that runs there.

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Reviewed October 14, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited this park on a gorgeous fall day. The Castle is very unique and overlooks the Connecticut River. It's too bad that the inside is only opened from Memorial Day thru Labor Day as it would have been fascinating to have...More

Thank Diana F
Reviewed October 3, 2017

Gillette Castle is unique to say the least. It was built by William Gillette who, in the early 1900's, was a bit of a "rock star" for playing Sherlock Holmes. He built this castle on a bluff high above the CT River in E. Haddam,...More

Thank HistoricTraveler
Reviewed October 3, 2017

This is a wonderful place to take the family for an afternoon, or even a whole day. The castle itself is interesting, and fun to experience, but then there is the picnic area and hiking trails. You can watch the eagles, explore the woods, or...More

Thank Ken S
Reviewed September 24, 2017

My husband and I along with friends just got back from a New England road trip. On our way to Mystic, Connecticut we saw a sign along the roadside for this park. I had it on my list as a possible site to visit so...More

2  Thank gemcityer
Reviewed September 22, 2017 via mobile

We were totally surprised by the Historic Ferry Landing and our ride across the river on the ferry ($5 each way weekdays, $6 on weekends). But it was fun. We drove up to the castle only to find out that they are only open apparently...More

Thank Minnesota42
Reviewed September 2, 2017 via mobile

What a unique place to visit! Tour is $6, parking is free. Great fun trails near the Connecticut River. The castle is full of history and beautiful architecture. Small parking lot, lots of picnic tables and a place to buy food.

1  Thank vacationforme23
Reviewed September 2, 2017

We recently visited the castle again. We had been before and loved looking around, hearing about the history and hiking some trails. The best part this time was our son proposing to his girlfriend under the Grand Central Pavilion next to the castle!! Beautiful setting...More

1  Thank KAG121
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Dawn M
November 8, 2017|
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Response from Domino1969 | Reviewed this property |
Don't know, but you should call them directly.
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Cindy L
August 1, 2017|
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Response from DML611 | Reviewed this property |
there are trails etc. outside; but inside the castle you must take the stairs.
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Gail D. V
May 15, 2017|
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Response from P S |
The park is open everyday from 8am-Sunset. The castle will open for the season Saturday May 27th and will be open Thursday-Sunday, 11am-5pm. The season is supposed to last until the Sunday before Labor Day. However, the... More
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