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Hammond Castle

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Beauty even in Winter

We were not able to go inside since it was closed BUT to see the outside alone and walk the ground... read more

Reviewed January 28, 2019
Troy, New York
A great way to learn about history, inventions and discover Gloucester.

Hammond Castle is Hearst Castle east coast style. It's a great adventure to learn about history... read more

Reviewed January 7, 2019
Lynn, Massachusetts
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Medieval-style castle built by inventor John Hays Hammond.
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80 Hesperus Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-5299
+1 978-283-2080
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Reviewed January 28, 2019

We were not able to go inside since it was closed BUT to see the outside alone and walk the ground WOW. Castle is totally medieval look and I wish we could have seen the inside to see the complete collection.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 7, 2019

Hammond Castle is Hearst Castle east coast style. It's a great adventure to learn about history and inventions. If your in Gloucester in October, don't miss the castle decorated for Halloween. After the tour, explore Gloucester, one of the oldest fishing towns in the country....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 16, 2018

I have visited this castle/museum several times and have discovered new details each time I've been there. I highly recommend you research the man and his castle prior to visiting to better appreciate the visit. There are YouTube videos abound, including one ghost hunting episode...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mjosselynwinter
Reviewed December 12, 2018

Enough to learn scientific background of Hammond(not the organ) and his marine and submarine contributions to our WWII effort,and then to learn how he satisfied both his English tudor castle design bent and his wifes French insistence in one castle fascinating

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Robb C
Reviewed October 21, 2018

We arrived at 6:30 for the 7 o'clock shuttle at the parking shuttle stop at Stagefort Parking. The shuttles over to Hammond Castle began to roll at 6:45 pm, it is a quick 5 minute drive there, then you get in the ticket line which...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

We were there for the haunted tour! The staff did a great job scaring people. However, may need a little more time between parties to setup. You can tell the cAstle is beautiful. Would have loved to see it in the daylight. Worth the trip.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

My mother and I visited Hammond Castle yesterday. We were fortunate enough to have Mathew as a tour guide and also to be the only two in his party. It was an amazing experience and one we wont soon forget. I highly recommend the tour....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank katiebreen
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

A great insight into one of the key inventors of his generation, a quirky castle built to amuse himself and annoy others. A significant site for some of the key tools used today in music and war.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank GavinG227
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

This is an amazing place. The Architecture was stunning. I can understand some of the negative comments but for me viewing this site was well worthwhile. Lots of steps and would be difficult for people with mobility limitations.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

We were very pleased with a very knowledgeable tour guide and many delightful nooks and crannies in this few unique Castle. J Hayes-Hammond the eccentric inventor was not known to us before but has now etched a polka e in our Gloucester memories. Great way...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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November 6, 2018|
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Response from Susan K | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure, try calling them. Enjoy!
October 1, 2018|
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Response from Donna L | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can visit the grounds.They are very breathtaking.Make sure to bring a camera as there are many benches in the gardens and Window frames to pose in.
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June 1, 2017|
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Response from 447charlenes | Reviewed this property |
Inside the castle, yes, guided or self tour, $10 and well worth it. Outside, no.