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Address: 80 Hesperus Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-5299
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Medieval-style castle built by inventor John Hays Hammond.

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So much fun - even on a rainy day!

After many years of hearing about Hammond Castle, I finally made it there for a visit. And it was so much fun! A trip back into the past - the Castle is a treat to explore, with... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

After many years of hearing about Hammond Castle, I finally made it there for a visit. And it was so much fun! A trip back into the past - the Castle is a treat to explore, with all it's nook and crannies. You can jump on a group tour, roam around on your own, or do both. We did both,... More 

Thank Kookoosmom
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5 reviews
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We were a group of 10. This was a nice surprise for us To see the history of this castle and it's magisty. There were surprises in every room. Dr Hammond was an amazing man well beyond his years in innovation and imagination. I loved the trickster in him. His wife also had many fine qualities and she was a... More 

Thank Worldtravelermur
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5 reviews
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately the castle was closed except for weekends which weren't addressed in the website at least in October. The place was pretty cool from the outside but that's all I got nice views

Thank Vinnie F
Boston, Massachusetts
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

A medieval castle built in the 20th century, with an amazing view of the shore. It would suffice to see it from the outside, but inside it is even more interesting! Mr. Hammond must have been a very eccentric person. Many of the rooms were designed for him to play pranks on his guests. Each artifact and corner have interesting... More 

Thank Natalie V
Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

A friend suggested we stop and see this castle. I'm glad we did. We did a self-tour. Made me believe I could never live in a castle.

Thank Claire_bear_326
Hong Kong, China
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244 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

This is a Mind Blowing Residents and not really a Castle. The Hammond's seem to be a Wild Eccentric Couple and their Home is Well Worth a Visit.

Thank NicholasMarlow
West Hartford, Connecticut
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

If you like castles and medieval history and a look into the person who lived there and was a man of many patents and inventions - you will love it

Thank ladychild
Peabody, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

It was our third visit and every time we could find something new. This time we walked with guide and learned a lot about Mr. Hammond's character, atmosphere in the castle back in those times, architecture styles, etc. This is "must see" attraction for all our guests.

Thank Olex B
New England
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

I went here as a kid and loved it; the dark rooms, quirky decor, and mysterious artifacts fascinated me. Now the experience is somber. Almost none of the artifacts are labeled, every room smells moldy, and the grounds are overgrown. The organ, once a massive and foreboding presence in the great hall, is creepy and sad. Hammond had invested enormous... More 

Thank elephantastic7
Schenectady, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

A great spot to see the ocean and a very unique castle while learning about a very interesting family. I was amazed at stories and sites in and around this place. Many years ago my family visited this at night as it was a haunted house for Halloween. This trip was a beautiful day and so very interesting. Watch the... More 

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