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Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam

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4.8/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web
Perched on the hills above the Connecticut River, Gillette Castle State Park features an early 20th-century mansion and a series of lakeside walking trails. Here you'll find the crumbling former glory of actor William Gillette's medieval-looking residence, built of stone and surrounded by thick forest. You can wander the grounds, which are ideal for easy walks, thanks to pathways made from former railroad tracks. Explore the "castle" itself to see a great number of carved oak woodworks and creative features, such as built-in couches and a sliding table. To visit Gillette Castle State Park on your trip to East Haddam, use our East Haddam family vacation planner.
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  • Although closed for the season, we could walk the grounds of the castle, just not go in to the castle. Well worth the trip, even if you just take your lunch with you. Not a very big state park, but ea...  read more »
  • We learned of this place through a hotel flyer suggesting day trips from Watch Hill (Westerly), Rhode Island. Having seen several of the coastal sites on previous day trips we welcomed this inland rou...  read more »
  • My husband and I took an 8 day trip to the Northeast and one of our planned stops was to visit Gillette Castle State Park. As we pulled up, we wandered where all the cars were and to our surprise we l...  read more »
  • A must stop. Only $6 for the inside tour. Outside is free and you can peak into the living room. Great architecture and views. Lovely grounds if you have the time. Easy to do the house in less than an hour. Could take 3 hours with the grounds.
  • Beautiful grounds and a very unique house. You could spend an hour just checking out all the custom made wooden locks and other fasteners. It's more interesting than it sounds. I personally think the outside of the castle is ugly, but there is enough history and craftsmanship to make it interesting. There are no guided tours, but guides are stationed throughout the castle to answer questions. The price for entry was reasonable too. The food at the small cafe was pretty good as well. Service could have been faster though.
  • Must be seen inside and out. Entry is a reasonable fee and is covered by the Connecticut Heritage Passport. The tour of the castle is informative and gorgeous. The outside grounds have a lot of potential for rambling and when we visited, there was a play about the life of the castle's architect and owner, the colorful Gillette. Our four children enjoyed the clever touches Gillette put on the inside of the castle. There is also a reasonably priced cafe on the grounds which serves sandwiches, drinks, and ice cream.
  • Cool architecture. The workers have many stories that are worth a listen. A lot of history and neat things to see. It was worth the drive an low price to tour the inside.
  • I remember coming here as a child, there really is a lot of historical things to do here in Connecticut, and this is one of them. To start, it's was a nice day with a fairly busy parking lot. Great views and a few trails that lead to various locations, were something to do. The problem with this location was that the construction going on at the castle itself ruins the experience. This was why we did not pay for the tour, we walked around the castle, took a short hike, viewed the water, and left with our over priced popsicle ($3.00).
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