Atalaya Castle

Atalaya Castle, Pawleys Island: Hours, Address, Atalaya Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Atalaya Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Rebecca C
12 contributions
Jun 2020
We just went to see Huntington Beach. The weather was rather nasty so we walked over to see what the building was. We ended up touring it but didn’t realize our annual pass would’ve covered our admission but had already paid the $4. We didn’t mind the donation though.
Written June 18, 2020
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mandyk
Goodlettsville, TN24 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Our family really enjoyed touring the castle and learning about the history. My kids thought it was like a maze and enjoyed exploring all if the rooms and passages. It is within the State Park, so you do pay a fee to get in the park and then an additional small fee to tour the castle, so it might be worth spending the day there and utilizing the beach area. A must-see if you enjoy local history!
Written July 20, 2020
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Michael F
Myrtle Beach, SC1,084 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
When you visit Huntington Beach State Park , you must visit Atalaya, the home of the Huntingtons that created Brookgreen Gardens. This home is very rustic and its amazing that it has survived the weather and ocean her at the beach. If you are not a Park Pass Holder, they will ask for a $2 donation
Written February 4, 2020
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Roy C
Whispering Pines, NC576 contributions
May 2021
Located inside Huntington Beach State Park, access to which it costs $8.00 for non-South Carolina residents, there is an additional charge of $2.00 for the Castle itself. Patterned after the Moorish castles of old, millionaire Archer Huntington had this castle designed and built for him and his wife so they could escape the bad weather of the north in winter. There are no furnishing inside the castle, most of the rooms of which were for staff, as the Huntingtons did very little entertaining.

The interior and exterior of the castle, made mostly of bricks, is beginning to deteriorate. Some areas are not suitable for strollers and wheel chairs with no ramps to some rooms. The gardens, however, are quite nice, giving the impression of the Spanish/Moorish era of old.
Written May 17, 2021
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John S
Matthews, NC19 contributions
Jul 2020
Atalaya Castle now is an empty shell. This was a private home in the 1930's for Mr & Mrs Huntington, wealthy people from New England who built it. (She was a world-renowned sculptress and he translated a famous Spanish book El Cid into English.) Now, there are just empty rooms to see with stone walls and no furnishings at all. However, since this is at Huntington Beach State Park, it is a diversion to kill an hour if the weather is not good for the beach.
Written November 23, 2020
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Mary W
Ruther Glen, VA25 contributions
Dec 2021
This was a surprise gem. Well worth the park and castle entry fees. The castle is well preserved but be aware that it is no longer furnished. Let your imagination run! The day we were here it was a beautiful, warm December day with only a few other visitors. It was wonderful to take our time and explore. This is a must do when visiting Pawley's Island.
Written December 4, 2021
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AineFlorida
Florida607 contributions
Feb 2020
Stopped here many years ago and decided for a return tip. We purchased a South Carolina park pass for $99. Admission to the park and castle were free with the pass. There were four of us so the pass was a great deal. The pass will encourage us to visit many more state parks in South Carolina.Love that the rooms were marked and could be followed on the map. Information in most rooms as what they were. Loved that some of the bathroom fixtures and cabinets were still intact. Brickwork and iron work were amazing. They also had an enclosed area to hang the laundry. The history lessons were plentiful in this castle.
Written February 18, 2020
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cnn73
Jacksonville, FL636 contributions
Dec 2020
This historical residence was a pleasure to visit. Although it is just a shell of its former self it is still delightful to see and explore. One can easily imagine the grace and elegance this old building once possessed. Great visit when combined with Brookgreen Gardens across the street.
Written December 13, 2020
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Bruce T
Talbott, TN58 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
What a find, didn't know about this castle until we went to Huntington Park. Cool place with so much information on the lives of the namesake's of the park. Absolutely need to visit Brookgreen Gardens as well, which is located down the road.
Written October 14, 2020
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tangi1
Elizabeth, NJ763 contributions
Sep 2020
Our purpose of going to Huntington Park was to visit this special place. Take your time and learn about the history and art throughout the castle. There are many rooms and passages in the site. I learned that the state park is named for these benefactors. Afternoon well spent.
Written September 10, 2020
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