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Address: 80 Hesperus Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-5299
Phone Number: 978-283-7673
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Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Medieval-style castle built by inventor John Hays Hammond.

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We love stone work in general, so Hammond Castle was a perfect place for a visit! What a beautiful building!! So many rooms, so much history. Fascinating and stunning. Worth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Grafton, Massachusetts
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Grafton, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We love stone work in general, so Hammond Castle was a perfect place for a visit! What a beautiful building!! So many rooms, so much history. Fascinating and stunning. Worth the trip. They have guided tours or you can walk around on your own.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had read about this place but no one else had a clue. It is fascinating to wander through the castle and try to imagine what living there was like and how brilliant Hammond was! John Hammond was a true genius-he invented remote control in the 20's!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The owner aquired most of his fortune working as a scientist working for the gov inventing missile guidence etc. he epitomizes a mad scientist to me because He and his wife would hold grand dinner parties where they would drug the food so their guests passed out, once passed out they had their help bring the people to their guest... More 

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Brunswick, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Did not pay to go inside to see the museum. Outside is free and the grounds are very interesting to walk around. Maintenance on the building is poor but that what makes it interesting.

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Mendon, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Took a six year old here for a day trip. While the tour was a bit much for her, it was fascinating. The place and the tour have not changed much since I went there on a grade four field trip. If expecting to see the entire castle or spend an entire day here, you will leave disappointed, but for... More 

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Fishkill, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated on the shores of the fishing village of Gloucester Mass., this place is majestic and chocked full of history. Did the self guided tour, beautiful stained glass windows, winding staircases all leading to interesting rooms filled with history. The view from this castle is spectacular at all angles. The temperature in the castle is a bit warm, not for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle was beautiful on the outside and medieval in style. Parking was inconvenient because you had to park at a different location, pay, and use a shuttle. Even though the castle was huge, you only got to go into a select few rooms. It feels like you don't get your money's worth.. Overall, it's a good day-trip destination. It's... More 

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2 Thank Blake Y
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

John Hammond, who invented over 800 movie, radio and TV electronic patents and inventions, created a medieval castle home for his wife Irene Fenton Hammond, a famous portrait painter, which opened as a museum in 1930. The Great Hall was used as a living room and entertaining, the dining room adjoined an indoor courtyard and pool and there are many... More 

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Cincinnati, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Discover the eccentricities of John Hayes Hammond, Jr. It's a very unique collection of medieval and Renaissance artifacts in a medieval-style castle, overlooking the Atlantic, which is breathtaking. They do have unusual hours and and dates they are open, so be sure to call before you go. The tour guide was amusing and informative and loud enough to be heard.... More 

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Gardner, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well it's not in a location that you would expect. It's literally in a neighborhood with houses on either side. That said the parking lot is small! We and three other cars had to sit there waiting for someone else to leave before we could park. Your in suburbia on a narrow road so there is no other place to... More 

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