Castle Hill Lighthouse
Castle Hill Lighthouse
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Virginia G
Randolph, MA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Stayed in one of the beach houses while visiting Newport and was impressed with the Castle Hill area. Plan to arrive for a drink or tea at Castle Hill Inn and then walk to the lighthouse! Beautiful view across the bay and especially striking at sunset. A short walk along the path with parking at that Inn either in parking lot or beside the greenhouse. A great place to visit even if not staying at the Inn.
Written February 27, 2020
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Whirrledpeas
Colonial Beach, VA136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Solo
This lighthouse im was one of my favorites on my New England trip recently. The actual address of the lighthouse won't show up on most GPS systems.

To reach the lighthouse, park in the Castle Inn parking lot all the way to the left when you enter the parking lot. The Inn is open to non-guests of the hotel for drinks, so the valet and staff there are very helpful.

Once you have parked in the back of the lot nearest the wooded area, you will see a small trail opening on the tree line of the woods. Water will be on your right.

Walk the trail until it opens up. Lighthouse will be on the right. Follow the path and you won't miss it. I recommend walking out on the cliffs to get the best pictures. It's very safe, even with inappropriate walking shoes. I had on flip flops and I had no problem at all.

If you're contemplating visiting this light but unsure if you should detour all the way to Newport to do it, I will tell you that it was absolutely worth adding on an hour to my trip to see this place. It's absolutely stunning.

Hope this helps. :)
Written October 27, 2015
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Gregory P
Hanscom Afb10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
I am a tour guide in Newport and often send people down to see this iconic lighthouse. Went there today for the first time this year and there are now No Trespassing signs everywhere. Very disappointing to treat our visitors this way.
Written September 5, 2018
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH12,093 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Family
A friend and I stopped by Castle Hill Lighthouse on a visit to Newport.

It was a 5+ minute walk down the dirt trail.

As it happened, several USCG personnel were there to give a guided tour to a group of young military pilots from overseas countries. We got to tag along with them. That made our visit special.

Castle Hill was the site of a watchtower built in 1740. It is at the westernmost point of Newport, Castle Hill was the logical site for a light and fog signal to aid mariners heading to Newport Harbor and up Narragansett Bay's East Passage toward Providence.

The present lighthouse was built right into the cliff face and almost appears as a natural feature of the landscape. It was completed in 1890 on property formerly belonging to the naturalist, oceanographer, and zoologist Alexander Agassiz of Harvard University. Agassiz sold the land to the United States Government for the lighthouse for $1.00.

The 34-foot tall granite lighthouse was first lighted in May 1890, with a fifth order Fresnel lens exhibiting a flashing red light visible for 10 nautical miles. The six-room keeper's house was a short walk away at Castle Hill Cove. In 1957, the light was automated and the fifth-order lens was replaced by a modern optic.

Castle Hill received wide attention in June 1989, when the Greek tanker World Prodigy ran aground on Brenton Reef to the south, spilling about 290,000 gallons of fuel oil. Station Castle Hill became the command center for the Coast Guard's response.

Today, it is still an active navigation aid for vessels.

Current Illumination: 300 mm plastic lens
Flashes red every six seconds - as of 2005
Focal plane: 40 feet
Range: 12 miles - as of 2005

Although still a very picturesque spot, there is not a much marine traffic as there was back in the era when the New York Yacht Club ruled the seas in 12-meter racing for the America's Cup, and all Americas Cup races were held in Newport. But, every now and then, the likes of former Cup defenders and contenders might sail by. Owned and chartered out by America's Cup Charters, the fleet includes:
- 1962 America's Cup Winner US-17 Weatherly
- 1958 America's Cup Contender US-18 Easterner
- 1962 America's Cup Contender US-19 Nefertiti
- Legendary two-time Winner 1967 and 1970 US-22 Intrepid
- 1980 America's Cup Winner US-30 Freedom - skippered by Dennis Conner
- 1964 Contender and Ted Turner’s infamous ocean racer US-21 American Eagle

Look for them by the US number on their sails. My personal favorite is US-22 Intrepid.
Written October 22, 2013
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Jake23
New Jersey6,824 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Beautiful lighthouse that is technically on private property. If you can access it you must go and visit. So peaceful and serene at least in the off season.
Written November 12, 2022
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Linda D
Portland, ME2,511 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
GPS was totally confused. Take the road to Castle Hill Inn and park in small parking areas along the road, There are paths leading through the woods to the lighthouse. Never saw any signs.
Written September 10, 2016
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Doughboysigep
Delhi, NY188 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
This was a great place to see the sunset. It's not easy to find - need to take a right off Ocean Drive past US Coast Guard facility and we parked near the marina (before the Inn), then walked up path to lighthouse.
Written May 5, 2015
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mgcampbell1101
New York227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Worth the drive to Castle Hill Lighthouse for the sunset. Watching the sun disappear into the sea is pretty magical
Written March 1, 2019
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Luvs2TravelAnywhere
New York City, NY7,202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016
This was our first stop in Newport. I am obsessed with lighthouses and loved the Castle Hill Lighthouse. Gorgeous ocean views and not crowded - double bonus!
Written June 18, 2016
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Sandi
Monterey, CA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
This lighthouse is not easy to find. It’s on the property of a ritzy hotel and there is parking at the gatehouse and little marina. The valet parking attendant told us it was fine to park there, but there are signs stating not to do so.

We followed the trail along the road and then turned onto a dirt path. It was about a 15 minute walk to the lighthouse. You can go down to the lighthouse via stairs but there’s not much to see by doing so. The view is lovely and picturesque.

Allow 30-45 minutes.
Written September 30, 2019
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