Hammond Castle, Gloucester

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  • Inventor John Hammond who had over 400 patents and pioneer in remote control built this medieval style castle as a showcase for his art and as a wedding present for his wife. This attraction offers a ...  more »
  • Don’t go out of your way, but if you are in the area it is cool with a fun story about an eccentric guy.  more »
  • The castle was closed when we went there....we took several pics from across the bay....we plan on going back up to the castle next spring....Jim  more »
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  • Pros: Good tour guide, knowledgeable and interesting and the castle is beautiful and has lots of interesting things. Cons: the place seems neglected and a bit unloved as if the owner(s) are just in it for a buck. Not that that's bad, but it shows in the presentation of the castle. Weeds in the gardens, dust on things inside, and areas of the inside that look forgotten all make it feel neglected.
  • This place was absolutely gorgeous and I mainly only saw the outside grounds. It was closed for the day when I went for the night haunted house event (which was FANTASTIC!). Very picturesque. I cannot wait to go back so that I can actually see the inside during the daytime. Would totally recommend.
  • Go early if you can, the waiting line is long. The volunteers who do everything there do an amazing job, there is just the right balance of gore & spookiness without being too much. Don't go if you are faint of heart...but if you enjoy everything that is Halloween, you'd better go. Plus, it's in a gorgeous castle on the water.
  • Spectacular medieval castle and medieval collection overlooking the ocean. John Hammond was second in patents only to Edison ans is the father of the remote control and guided missile technology. An enchanting and mysterious place not to be missed. It was also on America's most haunted places. I highly recommend a visit to this beautiful castle you won't be disappointed. It is also an event location for weddings, etc. The garden outside of the drawbridge and bell tower is a luscious, and shady place to take a rest while taking you back to a long ago time. Just gorgeous.
  • Unfortunately, I cannot give any more than a zero on this castle. We drove in early to be able to tour the castle, but it was closed. The website said it was open at 10am. At 10am someone inside hung a "closed" sign out without explanation. When I called the number on the website a woman answered and said that after Labor Day the castle was only open on Saturday and Sunday. When I told her that there were 8 people outside waiting to get in and that the website didn't indicate that the castle wasn't open, she simply said, "I'll have to look into that".

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