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Hammond Castle

80 Hesperus Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-5299
+1 978-283-7673
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Medieval-style castle built by inventor John Hays Hammond.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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80 Hesperus Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-5299
+1 978-283-7673
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Reviewed 26 June 2016

This visit could only have been better if we had the perfect weather day. But we had a great time in spite. Cost is fair... You can walk your self or take hosted tour. We started with host but quickly found the whole place entriguing...More

Thank Kim M
Reviewed 23 June 2016

It's a beautiful spot and an interesting place, I enjoyed the day as did our family. I would recommend for a nice picnic lunch.

Thank mjacobs
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Very unusual castle with a fascinating story. Take the guided tour and then wander on your own. It's rare to visit a home like this and be able to explore the rooms on your own. Great vistas from the property.

Thank L. R
Reviewed 20 June 2016

This was the highlight of our 2 week trip through New England. Mr. Hammond put together an unbelievable collection of artifacts. The Castle is made from parts of centuries old parts of European castles, chateaus etc. Make sure you do the guided tour, which is...More

Thank apmcpm
Reviewed 20 June 2016

Quite a place ! It's well worth the trip as its owner was as interesting as the castle he built. An inventor with hundreds of patents, some of his ideas are on display in his lab. Lots of rooms to explore. Definitely take a guided...More

Thank Goldie_in_Mass
Reviewed 18 June 2016

This really is a quirky castle. Hammond was an odd guy but sure did know how to pick a location for his house. The view is breathtaking! We did self guided tour because the woman in the gift shop didn't tell us there was a...More

Thank ckpetunia28
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Large parking lot. Easy to find, traveling from Gloucester's city center. Sure looks like a castle as we entered. The 15 minute video explained the history, including the surprise Hammond organ created in the great room. Wish someone had played the organ while we were...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

What an interesting place. I think the guide had some facts wrong, but it didn't really matter. It sits right on the ocean, so even sitting on the front lawn was a delight.

Thank Anna B
Reviewed 6 June 2016

Staff is very friendly and the gift shop is nice.. The castle is just odd. A mash up of different types if architecture.... If your kids are into castles and such they will love it.

Thank malinda1971
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Very Interesting castle to visit. Everyone is very knowledgeable and helpful.Nice to add Hammond Castle to your Gloucester to do list.

Thank Vicki D
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Barbara B
1 June 2017|
Response from 447charlenes | Reviewed this property |
Inside the castle, yes, guided or self tour, $10 and well worth it. Outside, no.
2 January 2017|
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Response from Emma L | Reviewed this property |
No this not a place for a wheel chair. Unless you just stay in the main area. Many rooms upstairs are narrow. That is to bad. A great place to visit.
Steve L
6 November 2016|
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Response from Carl C | Reviewed this property |
According to their site, "sorry you have to look it up as you can't post web address here"they are closed for the winter season and will reopen in the spring of 2017.