Gillette Castle State Park


Hiking Hiking

Picnicking Picnicking

Historic Building Tours Historic Building

Camping River Camping

The Castle

The Castle is currently closed for tours for the 2022 season, and will reopen for tours on May 27, 2023.  The visitor center, park grounds, hiking trails and restrooms remain open daily from from 8 a.m. to sunset year round.  

Holiday Program Update: Due to renovations on the castle terrace, the castle will not open for holiday tours for the 2022 season. Instead, the visitor center and park grounds will be decorated for visitors to enjoy.  Musical performances and other outdoor activities will be taking place on Saturdays and Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  For more information please visit The Friends of Gillette Castle State Park.

When castle tours resume in 2023, they will be available daily beginning May 27 through September 4, 2023.  Tours are offered every 15 minutes between 10am and 4pm. Tours accommodate a maximum of 12 visitors every 15 minutes.  It is recommended to purchase your tickets in advance to ensure tour availability, especially if you are planning to arrive with a group.  Visitors are asked to be at the castle five minutes before the scheduled tour time.  If purchasing tour tickets on site, we recommend arriving at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled tour time.  We cannot guarantee entry if your tour time has passed.  

Visitors may purchase castle tour tickets online after April 1, 2023, or at the visitor center on the day of the tour.  


Bus Groups

Groups arriving by bus will need to make reservations at least two weeks in advance by calling Reserve America at (877) 668-2267. Buses are not permitted weekends or holidays. 

Art Trail Site

Gillette Castle is a Viewpoint Exhibit Host Site

Did you ever wonder what the Connecticut landscape looked like a century ago? Check out “Viewpoints”, a joint project of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Connecticut Art Trail, and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Outdoor exhibits reproduce works of art painted in the 19th Century, with information about the artist and the location. Visit the Connecticut Art Trail website for a preview, and look for the Viewpoint exhibits on your next visit to the Chester-Hadlyme ferry landing area of Gillette Castle State Park and other host sites.


Content Updated November 2022