Gillette Castle state park in Conn. open for holiday tours

Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Conn., was designed and built by William Gillette in 1919.
Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Conn., was designed and built by William Gillette in 1919. –Flickr / Don Rogers

EAST HADDAM, Conn. (AP) — The former estate of actor William Gillette, known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, is open for holiday tours.

Gillette Castle will be open every Friday, from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and every Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., until December 23.

Tickets can be purchased at the state park’s visitor center or pre-purchased online at reserveamerica.com . The museum entrance fee is $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-12 and free for children ages 5 and under.

Director of Connecticut State Parks Tom Tyler says many volunteers, businesses, community members, Friends of Connecticut State Parks groups and park staff decorated the castle for the holidays.

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Live performances, actors, bonfires, carolers, a cider mill and a children’s scavenger hunt will be among the attractions.

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