Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam

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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Gillette Castle State Park and many more East Haddam attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's East Haddam holiday builder .
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  • Because of the time of year, we couldn’t go in to view the inside. But we could walk around all or the grounds and trails. It is high up on a hill over the Connecticut river. Beautiful sites all aroun...  more »
  • This is such a magical place with amazing views of the Connecticut River and really impressive stonework. Although the castle was not open on this Saturday visit, the exterior was available ( AND the ...  more »
  • If you like cool unique places tucked away in a beautiful landscape then check this place out! Gorgeous views and a really fun house to tour and relax at. If you go during the colder months then you c...  more »
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  • Gillette Castle has amazing views of the Connecticut River flowing below it's cliff side out cropping. It was built by the actor William Gillette who gained fame and fortune playing Sherlock Holmes. The property is now owned by the state of Connecticut which struggles to keep open for more days than just spring, summer, and early fall. The grounds are open all year round and many people walk their dogs along the roadside and paths. There is a visitor's center and plenty of places to picnic. It is very easy to get very lost on the way to Gillette Castle. If you take route 9 you get off the exit and go over the bridge into East Haddam. Continue left ward, if you go right it is a dead end and you will have to turn around and go back. Once you are back on the left ward road keep to the right and follow the signs to Gillette Castle. They are small and meager so look carefully. You will take a right into the park and drive to the parking lot which is amble. The grounds are beautiful and interesting. The castle itself is rarely open but it is a nice day trip. On your way there you will pass a cafe called Two Erasing Cats. You can get sandwiches and other provisions there for your excursion. Enjoy.
  • This is a very interesting "castle" and surrounding state park with beautiful grounds. William Gillette - and actor from the late 1800s and early 1900s built this "castle" - the tour of the home which is open mostlly in the summer months - is self guided. It is worth taking ones time to look at all the incredible hand carved woodwork - built in furniture - - designed by this eccentric genius. He was best known for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes - so fans of Sir Conrad Doyle will appreciate the recreation of 221 B Baker's Street room that Holmes and Watson did their pondering in - - I loved that Gillette built this room so that he could better study and be in his character. The grounds of the state park are great for hiking - and for picnics. Also - the riverboat experience on the Connecticut river - which also includes a stay at the State park - is a great way to see the Castle - -
  • This Castle is a gem of architectural history with the creative use of Connecticut Field Stone!! The views of the CT River are epic!!! The hiking trails around the castle are absolutely amazing with variable terrain and bridges. Check the open hours as the castle is closed in the winter.
  • you got to see this place. its more than amazing. the castle, the grounds , the train and the history. will blow you away. go a a nice fall day. you won't be sorry. the only thing i am upset about is only having an old cellphone camera. so now i'll have to got back with my good camera. BONUS :)
  • Wonderful history of the castle and it's owner. Fabulous river views,with eagles almost year round. Excellent hiking on the old railroad bed Mr.Gillette had built. Plenty of picnic spots also. Below the castle is the Haddam ferry over to Essex.
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