Instagrammable Connecticut: Castles Last Updated: July 2021

Ok, so these are not all technically castles, but we think these Connecticut estates and mansions were all built with a royal flair. Luckily, quite a few people agree and have been sharing their stately photos on Instagram. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures — and their photo tips! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag your photos with #CTvisit!

Gillette Castle, East Haddam


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It looks like a medieval fortress, but a step inside Gillette Castle reveals built-in couches, table trackway, and woodcarvings that were home to legendary stage actor William Gillette.

“I shot this photo in early June around noon using my iPhone 7. I used Snapseed for slight touch-ups. I chose to visit because I read online that Gillette Castle is beautiful to explore and hike during the summer. And it was!” — Connecticut resident @withasuitcase.

Eolia Mansion at Harkness State Park, Waterford


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Views of the gorgeous grounds and pergola of Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park.

“I took this photo on June 2017 around noon on my iPhone 7. I didn’t use any filters or photoshop, just basic exposure, a little saturation and a little sharpening. I visited Harkness Memorial State Park with my kids (my husband was at work), my parents, and my brother since they live in the area and we were visiting them. I grew up close by and this was one of my favorite parks when I was a kid. I was excited to bring my own kids here. I live in the Bronx, NY with my husband and 2 little kids. I grew up in Amston, where my parents still live. We visit a few times a year.” — Kelli C.

Yale University, New Haven


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“The photo was taken on February 5th with my iPhone X. I chose the location because I am a Lecturer this semester at the Yale School of Architecture so I’m spending lots of time in New Haven exploring the architecture of the campus.” – Michael S.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk



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Dramatic view of the historic Lockwood-Mathews Mansion.

“I shot this on July 2017, during the evening around 6:30 p.m. on my iPhone 7. I edited the image using Snapseed. This mansion (now a museum) is visible from Route 7 in Norwalk. I've always driven by it from the highway above, wondering what it looks like up close. On this particular evening, my daughter and I ventured down to it and walked around the mansion. It felt like we were transported back in time. It's also worth noting that this is the mansion featured in the movie The Stepford Wives. I moved to Norwalk in 2014. My Instagram feed features many photos I've shot throughout the state.” — John G.

Castle Craig, Meriden



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The lone Castle Craig tower overlooking Hubbard Park’s 1,800 acres filled with hiking trails and picnic areas.

“The photo was taken on June 18 around 2:00 p.m with my Canon 5D on a foggy day. I used the VSCO T1 filter to edit the photo. Castle Craig is one of my favorite locations that I like to go back to every season of the year. I’ve lived in Connecticut for 15 years and am still a resident. I love everything that this state has to offer. One way that I'm trying to show my respect for this state is through beautiful pictures and I thank #CTvisit for giving people enough information to go out, have fun and explore this beautiful state.” — Koba J.

State Capitol Building, Hartford


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The gold-domed Victorian Gothic building opened in 1878. The current State Capitol Building is the third capitol building for the State of Connecticut since the American Revolution.

“I took this photo at 7:30 a.m. in June 2017. Like mom used to say, the early bird catches the worm. I used my iPhone 7+ without any filters or photoshop .... hard to believe, huh?! I moved from downtown Columbus, the central capital of Ohio, to downtown Hartford, the capital city of Connecticut in December 2015. I’m a born and bred New Yorker though and so this is a return to the east coast with a fresh appreciation for its beauty. Also, I'm back home with my Polish relatives and ancestors. Some said I shouldn't choose Hartford but look at my beautiful castle :)” — Rose C.