Bannerman Castle looks like a medieval ruin somewhere in Europe, but this castle belonged to Frank Bannerman, who purchased the Hudson River’s Pollepel Island in 1900 to store an inventory of surplus military equipment. A fire destroyed the buildings two years later, but their ruins remain offering rich history and panoramic views of the Hudson Valley.
Come aboard the Estuary Steward for a scenic cruise along the Hudson during which you will learn all about Bannerman Castle and its history. The 30-minute ride will take you from the ferry dock at Beacon station to Pollepel Island, where you’ll receive a guided tour of the island’s mysteries and mystique. (Please note: for safety reasons, entrance to the castle is prohibited.)
Tours depart from the dock, rain or shine, on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3pm. There is a 72-step climb from the dock to the start of the tour and some rough terrain on the island, so wear comfortable shoes (there is a rest stop along the way). Strollers cannot be accommodated.
The MTA Deal
Save approximately 25% with our rail and admission tickets package! Includes discounted roundtrip rail, a boat cruise to and from the island and admission to the tour.
How to Get Your Tickets
Customers must call Neil Caplan at 845-831-6346 to confirm reservation date and give a phone contact. A credit card is required to hold your tour reservation. Seats are limited. Tours frequently sell out so please call at least 48 hours in advance. If you wish to cancel, you must call Neil Caplan at 845-831-6346 by Wednesday the latest (EST) the week of your tour, otherwise a $30 per person fee will be charged to your card if you do not show up for the tour.
Once you confirm your dates, purchase your package from any Metro-North ticket office or full-service ticket vending machine (excluding Beacon station). Use OMNY or MetroCard for the subway or bus.
From GCT/Harlem-125th Street:
- Children (age 5-11)$42
- Children (under age 5)$40
Take Metro-North to Beacon station. Meet for your tour at the Beacon Institute Dock (first dock as you walk down to waterfront on the left). The dock is just a short walk away from the station at 55 Red Flynn Drive (approximate).
Short walk from Beacon station