Belvedere Castle
Belvedere Castle
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
** This place is temporarily closed.** Originally built in 1869 as a lookout, this Rococo-style castle now houses the Henry Luce Nature Observatory and weather measuring devices.
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Neighbourhood: Central Park
How to get there
  • 81st St – Museum of Natural History • 6 min walk
  • 86th St • 9 min walk
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  • Maltipoo16
    New York1,264 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great viewing area!
    It wasn’t as big and exciting as I was expecting, but it was very pretty. The top of the castle is basically just a small concrete platform with viewing areas. There were excellent views of the park and the city from the castle. I wish the visitor center/gift shop was open past 5, because I really wanted to purchase something, and their main shop was too far of a walk for my handicapped dog.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 April 2023
  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, Iowa2,441 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I recommend visiting
    We walked through Central Park and stopped at Belvidere castle. We climbed to the top and enjoyed the view. There is a small gift shop inside the building. There was a line to enter, but it is free. The Count on Sesame Street’s castle is modeled after this landmark. I recommend visiting.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 May 2023
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York865 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful! Worth a visit!
    This was on my bucket list and was definitely worth it. The castle is right in the heart of Central Park and is very beautiful and architectural pleasing. It is free and today was raining, so there wasn’t many people. There is a gift shop and the staircase is very narrow meaning people can only go one direction at a time. You can go to the deck at the top for great views with views of Turtle Pond, the Great Lawn, and the surrounding buildings. It’s great! I highly recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
  • The Trusty Trip Gal!
    England, United Kingdom129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute Little Castle
    The last time I came to New York I saw this little Castle from across the lake but didn’t know how to get to it so this time I came to New York we got directions to it! It’s only small is the Castle but it worth going to visit. There is some cute little views of the park from the top and even better! It is free! A pleasant experience thank you!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,749 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enchantment
    Walking around Central Park I did not realise there was so much to see. I would definitely recommend spending at least half a day in the park as there are so many wonderful things to discover. One of these was the fairytale castle sat on a small bluff with a small lake below. It's a perfect picture opportunity! Belvedere Castle is open at certain times of the day and also for events. The architecture is truly beautiful and it is well worth checking out when you are in the park. Alternatively view it from afar and create your own stories about what goes on there.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Elsa C. L.
    New York City, New York2,350 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Soothing & tranquil view
    We had a good experience at this castle during a trying period in life. It’s a nice curvy and slightly hilly hike from Fifth Avenue. It was a dreary day but its tranquility and calming atmosphere lifted our spirits.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 March 2024
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,561 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terrific Observation Deck
    Belvedere Castle in an interesting spot to visit when in Central Park. It was never a true residence or had any purpose when built in 1867. It has both Romanesque and Gothic architecture and provides a great observation deck with terrific views of the park and surrounding city.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 April 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,561 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Belvedere Castle in an interesting spot to visit when in Central Park. It was never a true residence or had any purpose when built in 1867. It has both Romanesque and Gothic architecture and provides a great observation deck with terrific views of the park and surrounding city.
Written 10 April 2024
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Fiona M
Whitehaven, UK810 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Lovely place in the heart of Central Park. We did not go in as we were up early because of the jet lag but the outside views were stunning
Written 31 March 2024
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Elsa C. L.
New York City, NY2,350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had a good experience at this castle during a trying period in life. It’s a nice curvy and slightly hilly hike from Fifth Avenue. It was a dreary day but its tranquility and calming atmosphere lifted our spirits.
Written 8 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,749 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Walking around Central Park I did not realise there was so much to see. I would definitely recommend spending at least half a day in the park as there are so many wonderful things to discover.

One of these was the fairytale castle sat on a small bluff with a small lake below. It's a perfect picture opportunity!

Belvedere Castle is open at certain times of the day and also for events. The architecture is truly beautiful and it is well worth checking out when you are in the park. Alternatively view it from afar and create your own stories about what goes on there.
Written 6 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Brendan M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Fun spot in Central Park to check out. Superb photo op on a nice day. Short wait times and some very cool views of the city. Recommend!
Written 11 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

The Trusty Trip Gal!
England, UK129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The last time I came to New York I saw this little Castle from across the lake but didn’t know how to get to it so this time I came to New York we got directions to it!

It’s only small is the Castle but it worth going to visit. There is some cute little views of the park from the top and even better! It is free!

A pleasant experience thank you!
Written 11 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jack
Old Bethpage, NY865 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This was on my bucket list and was definitely worth it. The castle is right in the heart of Central Park and is very beautiful and architectural pleasing. It is free and today was raining, so there wasn’t many people. There is a gift shop and the staircase is very narrow meaning people can only go one direction at a time. You can go to the deck at the top for great views with views of Turtle Pond, the Great Lawn, and the surrounding buildings. It’s great! I highly recommend!
Written 10 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ELKW
United States11,866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
free to enter, it's a beautiful spot in the central park, worth to take a look, and you can go up to see the view
Written 6 July 2023
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA2,441 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
We walked through Central Park and stopped at Belvidere castle. We climbed to the top and enjoyed the view. There is a small gift shop inside the building. There was a line to enter, but it is free. The Count on Sesame Street’s castle is modeled after this landmark. I recommend visiting.
Written 16 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Maltipoo16
New York1,264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
It wasn’t as big and exciting as I was expecting, but it was very pretty. The top of the castle is basically just a small concrete platform with viewing areas. There were excellent views of the park and the city from the castle. I wish the visitor center/gift shop was open past 5, because I really wanted to purchase something, and their main shop was too far of a walk for my handicapped dog.
Written 15 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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