How to get to Gillette Castle
The entrance to Gillette Castle State Park is at 67 River Road, East Haddam, Connecticut.
To get to the Castle, follow the paved road past the lily pond, go up the hill, and pass in front of the Castle to the parking lot.
How to get married at Gillette Castle State Park
First, choose where at the State Park you’d like to have your wedding ceremony.
From where you drive into the Park to the stone bridge, you’re in East Haddam. From the parking lot to beyond the Castle, you’re in Lyme.
General Gillette Castle wedding information:
There is no admission charge nor parking fee at Gillette Castle State Park for vehicles registered in Connecticut.
It is easy to park, and it is not usually crowded.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is responsible for all State Parks.
You can get married on the Castle Terrace or elsewhere on the grounds. Unfortunately, no weddings (or wedding photographs) are allowed inside Gillette Castle. You can, however, take a tour inside of the Castle.
Pets on leashes are allowed in the picnic areas and on hiking trails, but not inside the buildings. Well-behaved animals are welcome at your wedding, too!
- According to DEEP regulations,
- Scattering confetti, rice, or other materials is prohibited.
- Alcoholic beverages may be brought to the picnic areas.
- Beverages in containers larger than one liter are prohibited. Kegs, et cetera, are not allowed.
- Helium balloons are strongly discouraged, but if used, they must not be released, and must be disposed of properly.
To have your wedding by the lily pond or at the stone bridge, you would get your marriage license at the East Haddam Town Hall.
The East Haddam Town Clerk’s Office is at 1 Plains Road, Moodus, CT 06469. You can reach the Town Clerk or her assistant at 860-873-5027. The official East Haddam Town website is WWW.EastHaddam.Org/departments/TownClerk. (Please note that the East Haddam Town Offices have moved from where they had been!)
To have your wedding on Gillette Castle Terrace or by the Castle, you would get your marriage license at the Lyme Town Hall.
The Lyme Town Clerk’s Office is at 480 Hamburg Road (Route 156), Lyme, CT 06371. You can reach the Town Clerk or her assistant at 860-434-7733. The official Lyme Town website is TownLyme.Org/town-departments. For your Marriage License Application, please go to TownLyme.Org/townhall and search for “Marriage Licenses” on that page.
“Can we have our wedding reception in Gillette Castle?”
The short answer: “No.”
The longer answer: “Not inside the Castle, but there is an excellent wedding reception venue a short distance away.”
The Gelston House is at 8 Main Street, East Haddam, CT 06423, just a few minutes’ drive from Gillette Castle State Park. The Gelston House offers fine dining with a spectacular view of the Connecticut River. The official Gelston House website is WWW.GelstonHouse.Com, or you can call them at 860-873-1411. Highly recommended!
All the above links are current as of November, 2021.