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Hammond Castle Museum, Gloucester

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  • Halloween and family fun for all ages is one of the best times to go, however, the castle has history beyond each stone. The grounds are breathtaking facing the ocean. Perfect for a black tie event, s...  more »
  • A true English and French castle in Cape Ann. A must see! Medieval architecture with certain stones and doors brought over from Europe. You'll need 1-2 hours. Free parking.  more »
  • Areal castle from Europe . My Daughter was a tour guide here . A great place to visit with children & adults. Mr Hammond was a serious inventor & collector . Great fun on Halloween . Brides like this ...  more »
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  • Beautiful place on the sea - it's a wonder there are not more windows open to the view! This place is unique and elegant. The photos you can take are as if from a fairytale. - All but 1 room is very small for a large group so make sure to stay back to take photos or re-visit the rooms after the tour. During the Candlelight tours, it is possible for bats to enter rooms as windows and doors are left open. The tour can be paranormal activity focused at some points.
  • This review is specifically about Hammond Castle as a wedding venue. I had my wedding at Hammond Castle Museum in August and, while the venue is absolutely stunning, my experience was completely ruined due to an enormous amount of miscommunication (specifically on the part of the venue rep, Linda Rose). Let me start out by saying that if you want to hold a wedding at the castle and plan to go through all of their preferred vendors, you will probably have a great experience. The castle allows you to pick your own vendors as long as you share which vendor will be doing what. Instead of using a traditional caterer, we decided to have Indian food brought in and serve it buffet style. Now, Linda knew about this for three months before the wedding date. FOUR DAYS before the wedding, Linda calls me up and tells me that normally the caterer is in charge of cleanup, which includes breaking down all tables and chairs, removing all trash, sweeping, etc. Since we did not have a caterer, this now falls to us, including paying a $400 cleaning deposit. Four days is not a lot of time to resolve this dilemma. We ended up hiring someone off of Task Rabbit (who was great), but unfortunately, was not enough for the high standards of Hammond Castle. When we arrived, one of the first things Linda said to me (the bride) was that I should have hired a staff of people. Again, I had four days to plan this! We had a series of problems throughout the night and Linda was incredibly rude the entire time. Yes, a lot went wrong and I can understand why she was frustrated, but being rude to a bride and groom who are paying quite a lot of money to be at your venue (which doesn't include anything besides the location itself) is really unprofessional. She was scowling all night, wouldn't communicate during clean up so we weren't sure what exactly needed to be done, and was short with me and even openly bad-mouthed me to her colleague. We were doing our best. My family and friends were removing trash, breaking down tables in their gowns, and sweeping. And still, nothing but coldness from Linda. After the fact, Linda cashed our $400 because one trash bag was left behind and a couple of beer bottles were left outside on the premises. My husband sucked up to her and we eventually got $200 back. So all-in-all I would recommend Hammond Castle Museum for a wedding if you are able to pay the exorbitant prices the preferred vendors charge (although, I might now understand why the charge so much to partner with the castle)! Just be ready for loads of miscommunication...
  • Amazing place to see, and the tour is well worth it. Loved seeing the guest rooms and the great Hall. Some of the display descriptions could use some updating.
  • This is a review of the haunted Halloween event. the person told us at were you went into the castle it would take 20-25 minutes. But when you got half way through nobody had jumped out or try to scare you and the castle smelled like mold and made of concrete. The actors would hide in really obvious places and the overall time only took around 5 actual minutes. It also costed 60 for 4 people many other haunted houses are better and cost less. Also you had to wait 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours. So overall this is a bad haunted house and I suggest you save your money and go somewhere better
  • What beautiful architecture!! The views of the ocean are breath taking. It's like walking into a fairy tale!