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“Beautiful castle and views around property!”

Gillette Castle State Park
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in East Haddam
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Owner description: This 24-room mansion has undergone extensive renovations.
New York City, New York
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105 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Beautiful castle and views around property!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

It's been awhile since I visited (back in '05 I think) so I can't be as useful as someone that just went but I definitely recommend, especially for couples looking to unwind and appreciate the landscape, as well as have a nice picnic together. It's very romantic.

Visited June 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“American interpretation of "Castle"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

Terrific views of the river, and a nice place to have an outdoor picnic. Getting here can be fun if you take the little State operated ferry. The castle has amazing detail and is built in a rustic fashion from the native rock. Truly amazing. Grounds access is free.

Visited May 2013
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Deep River, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful and wide range of things to do”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

You can picnic, play on the grounds or tour the castle. Really was a pleasant surprise. And the view of the river from the castle is beautiful!

Visited June 2013
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Southington, Connecticut
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“just all around great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

This is such a great place to visit for history, for fun, for a good time. The castle is really neat and the grounds are beautiful.

Visited August 2013
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New City, New York
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28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“What a great day out!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2014

William Gillette was an actor famous for his role as Sherlock Holmes and he designed every inch of this castle himself. I loved the fact that every single door in his home was hand carved and had a different design. William Gillette was a practical joker so he had many hidden passageways built into his home, which you were allowed to explore on the tour. My 3 kids loved that!

This is definitely a family friendly tour and you can also pack a lunch and picnic, letterbox or hike on the 184 acres property. Truly a great day out with the family. For more things to do in this area visit my website http://famfunactivities.com/gillette-castle/

Visited July 2013
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