Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam

#1 of 66 in Nature in Connecticut
Must see · State Park · Historic Site
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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  • After 17 months of being closed, Gillette Castle is now open to the public. From a distance, it looks like a medieval sand castle. When you're up close, there are crooked lines and unmatched stones....  more »
  • My wife and I visited the private home of William Gillette, a stage performer who played Sherlock Holmes. He lived in this 3-story, 24-room, 14,000 sq ft castle from 1929-1937. Built of local...  more »
  • A very unexpected surprise in a good way. As a non history buff, I yawn at the sound of history. However, I was shocked and actually enjoyed learning about the castle's history. While reading about the Gillette castle state park, I saw the numerous positive reviews but wasn't expecting it to be as good as it sounded. The park itself was amazing. There are lots of pathways to walk and beautiful bridges and ponds. There are also picnic tables to allow you to eat and enjoy the scenery. The visitor center has videos and lots of fun information about the original owner and creator of the castle.
  • Beautiful park. Well managed and clean. Had an awesome time in the castle seeing all the unique items. Trails were fun to walk on. We had brought our own food and had lunch on the grounds. They had provided a wonderful play outside called "The Professor" written by Gillette. I would recommend this State Park to everyone.
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