Gillette Castle State Park

Gillette Castle State Park

General Information

Gillette Castle State Park is located at 67 River Road, East Haddam, CT 06423.

Purchased by the state of Connecticut in 1943, the medieval-inspired mansion is a historical treasure built decades earlier by Hartford, Connecticut’s native son William Gillette. Mr. Gillette was most famously known for his acting portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage, along with producing, directing, acting, and writing of several other plays throughout his life-long career.

The grounds of the park are open every day from 8am until Sunset.

The castle is open from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. During the season, it is open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm. Last ticket is sold at 4pm. Last entry into the castle is 4:15pm.

Parking and access to the grounds are free.

Admission in to the castle is $6 for anyone 13 years old and up.

Children 6-12 are $2. Children 5 and under get in for free.

The ticket booth allows Charter Oak Passes, Library Passes, and CT Disabled Veterans Passes for free admission into the castle.

Amenities include the castle museum, Visitor’s Center, restrooms, concessions, gift shop, picnic areas and walking trails.


connecticut river

In addition to the historic building, the park features scenic views of the Connecticut River, hiking trails, and picnicking spots.

Located right on the Connecticut River, the castle has a stunning view. A trail leads down to the river as well, where you can catch the historic Chester-Hadlyme ferry from April - November.

Gillette Castle State Park is part of the Connecticut state park system managed by the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.

hiking trails

Trails follow the old railroad path, and range across this beautiful property which includes ponds, woods, picnic areas, and views of the Connecticut River.