Bannerman Castle

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Bannerman Castle
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Curious New Yorker
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Overall, an enjoyable experience. We learned a lot of interesting things about the history of the place from Adam who was truly excellent as a guide/docent. However, I agree with other reviewers that it was not quite a “tour.” Of the 1.5 h or so we had on the island, almost 60m was spent on an extended history lecture by Adam and less than 30 min on exploring the island and the grounds on our own. I wish we had at least 45-50 mins for exploration of the grounds, and much less time spent on the history presentation. On the boat, the captain/associate captain tried to give us some additional information about the area, but we couldn’t hear anything because they didn’t use a microphone. So that part was rather useless. My suggestion would be to move at least 15 min of Adam’s (or other guides’) materials to the boat ride (using a proper microphone), and then break the rest of the lecture/presentation into 2 pods of 15 min at 2 different locations: one inside the residence and the other in front of the arsenal, so that we can have a fuller narrated experience of the whole site. I also thought that it was too much to ask us to be there 30 min early, just to have us wait 15+ min under the sun to get checked in. Arriving 15-20 min early should be more than enough for a timely departure.
Written July 19, 2022
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Ann
Florida1 contribution
Family
What a beautiful day we had Bannermans celebrating our Sons 33rd Birthday at their annual fund raiser. Consisting of a five course delicious Farm to table meal with wine. The ferry ride over was breathtaking upon arrival we were met with our tour guide who was informative & delightful. The views while dinning al fresco were incredible the 2 performers that played they out the affair were incredible just perfect for the venue.
We highly recommend going on one of their many tours you'll truly enjoy this experience.
Written September 6, 2021
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mla29
New York City, NY1 contribution
It was a great experience. The boat crew were knowledgeable and fun, especially Jay, who had lots of fun acts about the Island.
The tour guides on the island were fantastic and very knowledgeable. Beautiful grounds to explore.
Written July 5, 2022
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Lauren V
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Family
I wouldn’t call this a tour. More so a lecture. The boat ride was on time and smooth. When we got to the island they separated the group into 2 groups. Our group walked to a secluded area and the tour guide just spoke to us for about 30 mins straight about the history of the island. The history was interesting but we got conflicting “facts”. She told us that the kids had to be taken to school on sleds over the frozen river in the winter but then at another point told us the people only used the island in the summer time. After the lecture you have about 30 mins to explore the island which isn’t very big. No access near the ruins.
Written July 17, 2022
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Perry Smith
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Couples
Loved seeing the once-distant castle up close! Be sure to wear good footwear suitable for uneven ground. This is a giant rock and footing is sometimes uneven. It is worth your time to climb up and see the structures up close. The rehabilitation is a work in progress, so this may require a few more trips back. Highly recommend!
Written August 6, 2022
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Simon H
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We thought the tour of Bannerman Castle was pretty cool. If you’re a history buff, or have an interest in firearms and military surplus, you will enjoy the tour. It seems like the Bannermans started the whole concept of selling military surplus. There are also interesting stories to here about the history of the island and the families who linked and worked there. Lastly, you will get to see some gorgeous views. We highly recommend the tour.
Written June 27, 2021
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Paulina F
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Family
This place is a hidden gem in the Hudson River. The trip was perfect; easy to get to from Grand Central train station in NY. Instructions are super clear on their website about how to arrive at the ferry from Beacon train station and the tour schedules.

It’s fantastic to tour around the Hudson River, the staff is super friendly, and once you get to the island, it’s a small oasis in the middle of the water. Tho history of the castle is excellent, the staff is knowledgeable, and they love responding to questions. There is a restroom and refreshments on the island as well.

The duration of the trip is perfect, 2.5 hours total, including the boat rides!

The only recommendation I would give is for the staff in the boat and tour guides to use microphones because, at times, it’s hard to hear what they say.
Written May 22, 2022
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Open Toe
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Very much a let down. No one paid attention to this site until 1993, and 2 of it's the walls of Bannerman Castle have already fallen. We took a boat from Beacon as part of a tour. Guide on the boat only spoke to people who asked questions, instead of sharing the great trivia of the hudson valley to all passengers. Tour guide at the actual castle location was great, sharing the history of the person who built this "castle" which was just an armory to hold his cache of weapons from being an international arms dealer. Good place to take pics. This whole trip could be much better, especially for the amount of money they charge.
Written June 1, 2021
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nancy ellis
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This was a wonderful way to spend a half-day along the Hudson River! The ferry takes about 30 minutes and we had great views. Also wonderful commentary on the history of the towns lining the river. Our Castle guide spent about an hour giving us the history of the island and the Bannermans who built the castle. We lucked out and our guide was the author of the history of the island! It was very hot so he adjusted the stopping places so that we were in the shade. There were a number of steps, but we had railings to help us along. You won't regret this trip if you like history, beautiful views, and time on the water!
Written August 8, 2022
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Angela C
Albany, New York20 contributions
We had a gorgeous day, which only enhanced our experience on the island. Boat ride, all the staff, volunteers and tour were fantastic. I highly recommend this tour. You will enjoy learning the story of Bannerman Castle, the history and how the current environment is affecting the stability of the remains. If you are challenged with tricking terrain and have a hard time climbing stairs, you may want to skip this. I say this only because many seniors in our group appeared as though they were going to pass out when they reached the top of the 76-step stairway.
Written June 7, 2021
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