Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

photo of Crane Estate
290 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
978-356-4351

Castle Hill is the centerpiece of the spectacular 2,100 acre Crane Estate - one of the region's most scenic, historically important, and ecologically diverse landscapes owned and managed by The Trustees of Reservations. The Great House, a 59-room Stuart-style mansion, presides over Castle Hill’s 165 acres of designed and natural landscapes with commanding panoramic views of the ocean. Its famous rolling lawn - the Grand Alleé - stretches half a mile from the portico of the Great House to the precipitous bluffs which overlook Crane Beach, a four-mile expanse of pristine, white-sand beaches and meandering trails across dunes also part of The Crane Estate. Castle Hill offers seasonal house and landscape tours, a café, and an extensive schedule of public events - including picnic concerts, theater, and holiday celebrations. A system of footpaths and winding drives invites visitors to explore the multitude of historic buildings, natural habitats, and unique landmarks on this remarkable National Historic Landmark.  

Hours: 

Grounds: open year-round, daily, 8am to sunset (the grounds immediately surrounding the Great House are closed during private functions; please call ahead to inquire). Tours: House, Landscape, Behind-the-Scenes and Children’s Tours begin May 20. Visit the web for descriptions and times. Allow a minimum of 2.5 hours (including Great House or Landscape Tour), 6.5 hours if also visiting Crane Beach and the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Castle Hill Café: Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am-2pm

Admission: 

Grounds: Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $10 per car; $2 per bicycle; $4 per motorcycle. Ipswich residents FREE on weekdays; same admission fees as nonmembers on weekends. All vehicles receive 50% admission discount after 3PM, year-round, every day. Tours: visit the web for complete list of tours and pricing, thetrustees.org/castlehill.

Driving Directions: 

From Rt. 128 North Exit 20A, take Rt. 1A North for 8 mi. to Ipswich. Turn right onto Rt. 133 East and follow for 1.5 mi. Turn left onto Northgate Rd. and follow for 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Argilla Rd. and follow for 2.3 mi. to entrance on left.

Flags: 

  • Family Friendly
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Parking
  • Restroom
  • Self guided

Categories: 

  • Birding
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Weddings
  • Swimming & Boating
  • Winter Sports
  • Walking & Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Cultural Resources
  • Historic Resources
  • Natural Resources
  • Beaches
  • Community
  • Great Marsh
  • Parks
  • Recreation & Tours
  • Lodging
  • Restaurants
  • Museums
  • Shops
  • Scenic Vistas

Property Owner/Organization: 

The Trustees of Reservations
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Rail Trail
Rail Trail Trailhead