Singer Castle
Singer Castle
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A part of American history and local folklore meet at Singer Castle on Dark Island, located on the St. Lawrence River. Singer Castle is the only remaining/existing castle on our river to be completed, fully furnished and lived in during the heyday of the great builders and industrialists in New York. The castle is open for tours from mid-May - early October. It is also available for overnight stays in the Royal Suite and weddings and special events.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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JuneNY
1,667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I loved this tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable and we could tell that he likes his job. The inside of the castle is beautiful, and I loved seeing the secret passages.
Written 22 July 2023
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DisneyDarwin
Spring, TX1,178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We came with Uncle Sam’s Boat Tours and had a guided 1 hour tour. The castle is very interesting and quite beautiful, including a squash court, therapy room, rose garden, armory room and secret passages. Much better than the norm.
Written 26 May 2023
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Photoshb
109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
A tour guide for about and hour or so. He was well informed and kept our interest during the tour. Secret passageway and original furniture in the castle and you also can sleep in this castle.
Written 9 September 2022
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pamstergazelle
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Lots of neat secret passageways, beautiful interior finishes and architecture but……

It was very difficult to hear the tour guide outdoors because the group was so large. He was walking and talking and if you were at the end of the line, you missed the entire outdoor tour.

My advice would be for the tour guide to gather in a group, talk about the history/buildings etc and then move to the next location and repeat. It was easier to hear inside.

The facility itself isn’t really well maintained and all of the windows are dirty and loaded with spiderwebs and spiders. Ick. The beautiful views were hampered by this.

If you only have time for one castle, skip this one and go to Boldt. It is beautiful, well maintained, and ADA compliant.
Written 7 August 2022
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rrohr1
Philadelphia, PA48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It takes an hour to reach the castle by boat, with a lot of interesting sights along the way. No food or drink is allowed on the island. Once there, you will be assigned to a tour guide. The house has been fully restored and provides an excellent view of how the upper class lived. There is a long climb from the boat dock to the castle, and three flights of stairs once inside, so this is not a trip for the frail.
Written 31 July 2022
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RYC88
Centreville, VA1,315 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
What an incredibly fun castle in the middle of the bay. It's a complete fantasy and while it's not enormous, like Boldt, it is full of every wonderful iconic castle component you can think of. It is not luxurious in the sense that it is sort of run-down, but there are still all the stone rooms and tapestries and suits of armor and secret passageways and hidden rooms that you would expect in a castle. The guide we had was super enthusiastic and knowledgeable and the history of the building and the owners was very interesting. Plus, you can stay overnight in their royal suite for an incredible price and have free reign of the castle and the grounds. What a fascinating place and definitely worth a visit!
Written 26 July 2022
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Barb121212
Fort Myers, FL17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
If you have the opportunity it is well worth spending the night. Once tourists are gone for the day the caretaker takes you to your room for you to get settled. When ready, you meet back up with him for a grand tour. Again, you go and relax or walk the grounds - whatever you wish to do till dinner is served. The caretaker also serves the dinner which is just delicious. After dinner, you are on your own to do as you please throughout the castle. It is an experience that my husband and I will always remember. Again so worth the cost of the stay. Actually went in 6/2019 but wasn't a choice for when did you go. Never wrote a review back then as I never thought of it.
Written 16 June 2022
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,044 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Our boat was split into two groups, with one designated tour guide each. My group got Ally (pardon the spelling if I did wrong) as our tour guide for the castle.

She clearly explained the function and significance of each room and allowed time for us guests to feel around the castle. She was very humorous and throws some funny references while discussing specifics of each room.

That made the hour-long tour pretty short as it was both informative and entertaining.
Written 1 June 2022
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CiaoBella112
Highland, NY77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Our transportation and admission to Singer Castle was through a boat tour that we took with Uncle Sam’s Boat Tours. We had read about the history of the castle and its connection to Frederick Bourne, President of Singer Sewing Machine. There was a 45-minute narrated tour of the home and property by a very knowledgeable guide. The flow of visitors was well controlled and paced.

We knew that the property had fallen into disrepair and had been taken over by a group of foreign investors. Because of this, we expected the property to be in better shape, but we were frankly underwhelmed by what we saw. The renovations were not particularly extensive and some of the furnishings were downright dowdy and drab. What surprised us even more was when we learned that this property was a big wedding venue and romantic getaway spot. Perhaps the investments went into rooms and wings we did not see. Regardless, it’s not a place we would consider staying overnight based on what we did see.
Written 30 September 2021
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Shawn H
Washington DC, DC413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We came here on an Uncle Sam Boat Tour and really enjoyed on our time at the castle. We were greeted shortly after the boat by an excellent tour guide, with tours well organized so you can all see the island and house. The story of the construction of this home, full of secret passages, trap doors, odd turn of the century technologies (light bath!), and luxury living from another era make this a worthwhile adventure. The place has a small gift/snack shop on the dock in an old boat house as well while you wait for the return trip. I would love to go back to spend a night at the property and have the site to ourselves to explore.
Written 14 September 2021
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