Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam

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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  • A very old castle ( and a museum) located in a state owned park with greeneries. A good place for picnic for free, Only the museum requires an entry fee. A very good view of Connecticut river from her...  more »
  • Gillette Castle is a Very Cool place to Visit. It was a little cold and the Castle was closed for Tours. I will go back in the summer to hike some of the trails and see inside the castle.  more »
  • It looks like a broken castle but it is not!! It is in great shape with very interesting architecture. The vistas from the top are stunning especially in fall. The drive to the castle is also quite scenic. With a quick hike one can go to the river bank. If lucky, you can also spot bald eagles flying by in winter. Very good place for a day or an afternoon hike!!
  • An odd looking castle This castle is a great place to visit. There are guides inside who give you very pertinent history and answer questions. The builder had quite a sense of humor in the way he had parts of the castle built. We were glad we visited this place and recommend it.

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