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Gillette Castle State Park

Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Great place to bring family and friends from out of town. It is much nicer on the inside that you... read more

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So beautiful!!! We are up visiting from Florida to see the fall foliage. We went on the Essex steam... read more

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This 24-room mansion has undergone extensive renovations.
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67 River Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423-1462
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Reviewed yesterday

Great place to bring family and friends from out of town. It is much nicer on the inside that you would think from looking at it afar

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Kelly-Lynn M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So beautiful!!! We are up visiting from Florida to see the fall foliage. We went on the Essex steam train and then on the riverboat and saw the castle from the river first. Even though it was rainy, I knew we would have to go...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank funinthesunn1977
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Gillette home was very nice to visit. Beautiful views from all around. One suggestion I have is to tell visitors more about the owner, his family, the home, etc. There are people there to answer questions if you have them. However it’s nice to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Linda C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I almost passed on visiting this placed, from the pictures I've seen of the castle it seemed to me that it was something that was constructed without much thinking, but how wrong was I on my assumptions. Go with an open mind to learn why...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It may look like ruins from the outside but the interior was spectacular. Take a few minutes to watch the video in the visitor center when you arrive to learn about William Gillette. What a fascinating individual and story! The docent during the house tour...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank PG-NY
Reviewed October 8, 2019

If you like an outdoor adventure combined with a trip through the past. This was a great visit. The outdoor park has a number of trails to walk. you could spend as little as an hour or the whole day just walking the trails. The...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed October 7, 2019 via mobile

We only had a couple hours to spend here. We did not tour the inside. Wandering the outside was just as stunning and beautiful views of the CT river. All the stonework is a true art! Would have loved to hike some of the trails....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank harks
Reviewed September 30, 2019

This is not your typical castle/mansion; there are a lot of whimsical design elements from a early 20th century man with a lot of resources who created something uniquely personal. Make sure to listen to the local volunteers/guides giving talks that reveal the cool little...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank sasha-em
Reviewed September 29, 2019

So much fun! My sister and I planned a day trip to this unique place and we had so much fun. The tour guides in the rooms were knowledgeable about the history of the castle and Mr. William Gillette. The place was amazing and the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank ginagatta
Reviewed September 14, 2019 via mobile

Great views of the CT River, great history, cool to walk thru and see all the craftsmanship etc. Worth the $6 to get in for the upkeep. It is not a guided tour but people are around if you have questions. Have a small snack...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Trail60269113230
October 14, 2019|
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Response from heatherpI8220KN | Reviewed this property |
Today, Columbus Day, was the last day it is open for the season but they will be open for holiday tours
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Deborah B
August 14, 2019|
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Response from Preston F | Reviewed this property |
I agree with above reply. The website will have exact times
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David W
August 13, 2019|
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Response from UnikelyFan | Reviewed this property |
You should call them.
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