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Gillette Castle State Park

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Address: 67 River Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423
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+1 860-526-2336

This 24-room mansion has undergone extensive renovations.

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The grounds are beautiful and the castle is gorgeous. It's a bit out of the way but that's one of the great things about the castle. It made me want to live during the time the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Tracy B
Marathon, Florida
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Marathon, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The grounds are beautiful and the castle is gorgeous. It's a bit out of the way but that's one of the great things about the castle. It made me want to live during the time the castle was vibrant and full of life. I can only imagine the parties and celebrations they had after the plays.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is good for all age group. Castle is very beautiful. Awesome architecture. I loved the shed where they have kept few benches. Group can enjoy their food there. River View Scene from there is more than awesome. Finally I can say, this is perfect for Half Day Trip. Thanks.

Thank PawanKmr
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is such an amazing place to visit! Gorgeous architecture! Beautiful grounds and views. A must visit!

Thank Pamela M
Haddam, CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

William Gillette, a noted actor of his time, built his dream house overlooking the CT river. Amazing and eccentric; and there are nice grounds for exploring. Once there was even a narrow gauge RR train on the grounds, which Gillette loved. The tracks are still there. One of the "must see" features along the CT river valley.

Thank auntiearwen
West Nyack, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

The Home of William Gillette, the actor who first played Sherlock Holmes. It's made to look like a castle on the outside; inside is a nice country home, with a lot of Sherlock Holmes and Gillette memorabilia. Overlooks the river; it's a very nice afternoon.

Thank Brett G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Castle and visitors center only open seasonally. We had a nice walk around, but plan on returning next spring or summer for the full experience. Nice views of the Connecticut River and the Essex Steam Train.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Go back in time to a much more gentile age.This stone castle is amazing and the grounds with lots of trails overlooking the Connecticut River far below are just as amazing.The workmanship of all the interior wood work ,doors wooden door locks and masonry was all done by true craftsmen and awe inspiring to look at.Built and designed by a... More 

Thank Dennis C
Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

A lovely location above the Connecticut River and a perfect spot to hike on a quintessential autumn afternoon. It was after the season so the museum was closed which was unfortunate as we would have liked to have learned more about the railway Mr. Gillette built to entertain himself and his visitors. We also wished we had a map of... More 

Thank Lynn R
Conroe, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Unfortunately, the castle nor shop were open whenever we stopped by. The shop did have the restrooms open, so that was convenient. The views are quite nice even if the place is closed. We enjoyed walking around while driving through Connecticut to New York.

Thank Lisa L
Westbrook, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This castle was inspired by the actor, William Gillette, who portrayed Sherlock Holmes, many years ago. Be prepared to walk a lot and climb stairs now and again. It's worth the effort. The castle is on beautiful grounds and there are picnic tables over looking the Connectlicut River. There are also paths along the river to explore as well. Inside... More 

Thank Dana G

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