Gillette castle is located on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River. The three-story structure was the home of director, actor, and playwright, William Gillette, who completed the castle in 1919. The castle is one of Connecticut's leading attractions, drawing more than 300,000 people in 1995.

The castle was purchased in 1944 by the state and since then, it has been maintained as a state park. Gillette Castle is open daily for tours. The rooms open to the public include nine bedrooms, seven baths, a kitchen and pantry, a third-floor suite, a library, and a study.

For more information, please call (860) 526-2336.

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Designed and Built in 1919 by William Hooker Gillette, a well known actor (the original Sherlock Holmes). Located on a 184 acre estate, this midieval castle overlooks the Connecticut River. The park is open year round. The castle is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily from May 25th through Oct. 14th.

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first photo courtesy of Pearl Cunningham. Second photo courtesy of Jim Battle.