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Hammond Castle

80 Hesperus Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-5299
+1 978-283-7673
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Medieval-style castle built by inventor John Hays Hammond.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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80 Hesperus Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-5299
+1 978-283-7673
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Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

John Hammond who built this home was quite the character he was an eccentric millionaire inventor. His father introduced him to Thomas Edison at the age of ten and Edison became a mentor to him. Hammond was interested in sound and sound waves he invented...More

Thank Cindy L
Reviewed September 9, 2017

Not really comparable to the other great American Castles like Hearst and Biltmore, but worth seeing if you happen to be nearby. Seniors get in for $9.00 each. Adults $10.00. Parking is free.

Thank Darius M
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

This castle is a tribute to creative eccentric wealth. The owner was a wonderful inventor from the pre WW II years. We learned a lot of untold history.

Thank Kevin L
Reviewed September 6, 2017

Interesting building and décor. My grandkids (8 & 10) loved it. Very knights of the round table oriented. Very pretty. Reasonable admission fee.

Thank Les B
Reviewed September 5, 2017

We chose the Thursday night candlelight tour. It was wonderful. The "guide" was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and clearly loved her job. The castle, its owner and history was remarkable. Tons to see and read about. Some of the areas are smaller spaces and tight stairways, so...More

Thank PAL52772
Reviewed September 3, 2017

I had never heard of this castle or the builder. It was interesting but difficult to learn about him and his inventions and the castle. The tours are self guided and the few tags on the walls next to the artifacts were difficult to read.The...More

Thank jgoldstein26
Reviewed August 31, 2017

Seeing a recent statement of "Awful", I feel compelled to say this place is incredible. It was built out of the ruins of multiple European castles by an inventor, and the artifacts within are absolutely incredible - these are the "real deal" - Hammond was...More

1  Thank caddy1071
Reviewed August 30, 2017

When my daughter in law asked me to go on a road trip to Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Ma I said YES. But, I had to look it up before we went. After reading about the building and owner I said to myself, YES. We...More

1  Thank Kathleen B
Reviewed August 29, 2017 via mobile

Hot humid and overpriced..Some cool history with the RC parents and inventions etc..Especially related to torpedoes..But overall kind of a rip off for what they charge.

Thank Florian2313
Reviewed August 28, 2017

very interesting medieval style castle. Interesting person who used to own it. I would recommend seeing it.

1  Thank artteach76
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Barbara B
June 1, 2017|
Response from 447charlenes | Reviewed this property |
Inside the castle, yes, guided or self tour, $10 and well worth it. Outside, no.
January 2, 2017|
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Response from Sb C | Reviewed this property |
No. Not wheel chair accessible.
Steve L
November 6, 2016|
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Response from Carl C | Reviewed this property |
According to their site, "sorry you have to look it up as you can't post web address here"they are closed for the winter season and will reopen in the spring of 2017.