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Castle Hill Lighthouse

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Newport, Rhode Island
Built in 1890


Marking the entrance to the eastern side of Narragansett Bay, a main shipping channel. The lighthouse is near the Castle Hill Inn and Resort. Public parking is available at Castle Hill Cove Marina, located on your right before the inn. A trail leads to the lighthouse from the parking area where the grounds are open to the public year round.

Latitude: 41° 27' 44" N
Longitude: 71° 21' 47" W


Historic Stories:

The property that the lighthouse would be built on belonged to a famous naturalist Alexander Agassiz, who sold the rocky edge of the land for one dollar with no access through his property. The idea was for contractors to build from the waterside. Construction, however, was delayed when Agassiz refused to allow the contractors right-of-way through his property to the site, since the rocky shoreline prevented much work from the water. After 2 years of negotiations, Agassiz finally allowed access to construct the lighthouse. There were many other battles later between Agassiz and the government.

Castle Hill Lighthouse survived the 1938 Hurricane without serious damage, but the keeper’s dwelling was destroyed and never rebuilt.

In June of 1989, the tanker World Prodigy ran aground south of the lighthouse on a rocky reef, spilling nearly 300,000 gallons of oil. The Coast Guard used Castle Hill as the response center to help with the clean up. No injuries occurred.



Places to Visit Nearby:

At the lighthouse grounds, visitors can stay at the Castle Inn Resort, which also contains a marina for boaters. Public parking is available at Castle Hill Cove Marina, located before the Inn. You'll find a trail that leads to the lighthouse from the parking area.

Newport is Rhode Island’s jewel for tourists from all over the world to visit its many attractions including it’s most elaborate mansions with tours of the rich and famous that shaped America’s 19th and 20th centuries. They include the Marble House, the Breakers, the Hunter House, Elms, Rosecliff, the Green Animals Topiary Gardens, the Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, the Kingscote, and the Isaac Bell House. You'll find many of these mansions and others along Belleview Avenue, including Belcourt Castle, which offers another unique opportunity to step back in time and enjoy the atmosphere of the Gilded Age.

Breakers Mansion

The Newport Cliff Walk has been designated as New England’s first National Recreation trail starting at the western end of Easton's Beach. The Cliff Walk is 3.5 miles along an elevated path, where you'll get the chance to see the many mansions that define Newport along with picturesque views of the harbor. Newport also offers plenty of beaches for visitors.

Visit the Museum of Newport History to learn about Newport’s rich history and architectural beauty in its many mansions. 




Contact Info:
Castle Inn and Resort


Local Boat Tours

Boat cruises mentioned below offer many types of cruises. While some may offer specific lighthouse cruises, some will pass by specific lighthouses as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, ferrying passengers, whale watching, fishing tours and other types of excursions. Contact info is provided to help you plan your special trips to New England’s shorelines. Enjoy!


Rhode Island Bay Cruises
Offers weekly lighthouse tours between May and October covering 10 lighthouses. Sunset Lighthouse cruises are offered on the weekends.

347 Roger Williams Way
North Kingstown, RI 02852
(401) 295-4040


Jamestown Newport Ferry

In addition to a stop over at Rose Island lighthouse they offer special 2-hour narrated lighthouse tours on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months, departing from Jamestown, RI.



Save the Bay Tours
Organization for lighthouse and coastal preservation provides an Ultimate Lighthouse Tour, Northern Bay Lighthouse Tour, and Southern Bay Lighthouse Tour. Tours include stopovers to tour inside Rose Island and Pomham Rocks lighthouses.
100 Save the Bay Drive, Providence, RI 02905
(401) 272-3540 or (401) 272-3540, x133.
Contact Jennifer Kelly at



Classic Cruises of Newport
Newport Harbor excursions aboard a newly restored Elco Motor Yacht, built during prohibition in 1929, or go sailing on the 72-foot Schooner Madeleine. Both offer views by the Newport lighthouses.

Dockside/Reservations: (401) 847-0298


Sakonnet Charters
Special sailing lighthouse charter trips to Newport for a day. Overnight trips to Block Island, Cape Cod, Martha's Vinyeard and Nantucket, along with fishing excursions.
Sakonnet Harbor, 163 Sakonnet Point Road, Box 497
Little Compton
(401) 474-2405

My book, Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Southern New England: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, provides special detailed human interest stories from each of the 92 lighthouses along the lower coast, along with plenty of indoor and outdoor coastal attractions and tours you can explore.

Look inside!


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