- 1,268 Ratings
Guided Walking Tour of Bannerman Island & Castle from Beacon
Hop aboard the Estuary Steward for a ride to Bannerman Island, a scenic jewel nestled against the backdrop of the Hudson Highlands, for a 2.5 hour guided walking tour of the island. Enjoy beautiful scenery and a taste of history as your guide takes you on a tour of Bannerman Island and the famous Bannerman Castle.
What You Will Do
- Marvel at the island’s lush natural beauty and green fauna on a guided walking tour of the island
- Enjoy a 30-minute cruise down the Hudson River on board the Estuary Steward, a comfortable passenger boat that will take you to Bannerman Island, where you learn about the island’s rich history
- Visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins, Bannerman Garden and Bannerman Residence where you will learn about all things Bannerman
- 2.5 hour guided walking tour
- Roundtrip boat ride from Beacon
Please note that due to safety reasons. Guests may not go inside the main structures of Bannerman Castle.
Please wear comfortable shoes as there is some rough terrain on the walking portion of the tour. There is a 72-step climb from the dock to the start of the tour, though there are rest areas along the way. Strollers cannot be accommodated. Guests may purchase snacks on the island at the Residence Visitor Center, or bring their own food to eat on the boat. There are no picnics allowed on Bannerman Island.
Tours are non-refundable and not able to be rescheduled.
- 1,268 Ratings
We enjoyed Bannerman Castle thoroughly from getting out on the Hudson to touring the island. A real escape!
Tour guide Abby (I believe) made telling the Bannerman tale very fun and interesting! It was very cool to learn about the history and get a good look at the island itself. Great scenery and friendly staff made for a great experience:)
- Michael R
I'VE BEEN FASCINATED WITH BANNERMAN ISLAND EVER SINCE I FIRST SAW IT BACK IN 1969 WHILE TRAVELING BY RAIL FROM ALBANY, NY TO NEW YORK CITY. SADLY IT HAD ALREADY BEEN RAVAGED BY THE FIRE THAT AUGUST. BUT I BEGAN RESEARCHING ITS HISTORY WHICH STILL FASCINATES AND INTERESTS ME TO THIS DAY. I WAS NOT ABLE TO TOUR THE ISLAND UNTIL NOW, AND AM ALREADY LOOKING FORWARD TO RETURNING NEXT YEAR. I WAS IMPRESSED WITH ALL THE WORK THAT THE BANNERMAN'S TRUST GROUP HAS ACCOMPLISHED IN ORDER TO PRESERVE THE STRUCTURES AND PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR VISITORS. I'M ESPECIALLY AMAZED AT THE RESTORATION OF THE RESIDENCE AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE SECOND FLOOR UPON COMPLETION. I MUST COMMEND EVERYONE INVOLVED WITH THE TOUR STARTING WITH THE KIND GENTLEMAN WHO CHECKED ME IN AT THE DOCK IN BEACON AND ALLOWED ME TO BOARD EARLIER WHEN SEVERAL PEOPLE DID NOT SHOW UP AT THEIR APPOINTED TIME. OUR 2 TOUR GUIDES WERE JOE OR JOHN (SORRY) AND MARY WHO TOOK MY PICTURE. JOE'S PRESENTATION WAS SO WELL DOCUMENTED WITH PHOTOS, DRAWINGS AND INTERESTING STORIES THAT HE SHOULD MAKE A VIDEO OF IT FOR THOSE LESS FORTUNATE WHO CAN'T VISIT THE ISLAND. THE TOUR THAT I EXPERIENCED ON 10/20/17 FAR EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS. I CANNOT WAIT TO RETURN TO BANNERMAN ISLAND. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL FOR YOUR HARD WORK IN PRESERVING THE CASTLE, AND CONCERN THAT WE ALL ENJOYED OUR VISIT.
The boat ride was excellent, as was our tour guide!
The staff was very enjoyable and knowledable about the island and the Castle. We happened to have a beautiful day and the scenery and colors made it that much more enjoyable! Would highly recommend this gem before nature takes its course.
I wish we could have had some time to just wander around the island
Our tour guide was fun and very knowledgable. enjoyed ourselves very much
The island was interesting and beautiful. The tour guides were knowledgeable and entertaining.
Our tour guide Pat was great and Bannerman Island was amazing!
What a great excursion. The boat was ride was a nice ride on the Hudson. The tour guide at the island was very knowledgeable and engaging. We heard a lot of stories about the island and its extraordinary history. I’m so happy this group got together to save the small part of historic architecture that is still standing and share it with all of us. Thank you friends of Bannerman Island.
The ferry ride was easy and good views of Hudson. Tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and full of personality. And the castles are so unique
Bannerman Island was really cool! At this point in time you can't really get too close to the "castle" itself, which is a bummer but totally understandable since it's in danger of collapsing. Hopefully they'll be able to raise enough money at some point to stabilize the structure and then resume tours in and around them. If you're expecting to explore the ruins close up, you'll be disappointed. But for history buffs you are interested in the story in addition to just seeing some cool old abandoned structures, this tour is for you.
The tour guide gave a lot of interesting information which I knew to be accurate.
I thought some of the stories were too outrageous to have happened. Also, the stories the guide said about the little girl crying because there wasn't a princess at the castle. It just didn't seem plausible. And, I don't think the flatiron building is made of brick. I think it might be stone. But I could be wrong on all accounts. I had a very nice day and enjoyed the tour and the grounds. I wish the supporters a lot of luck restoring it.
- Mary Anne
I did not realize how much there was to see and learn on the tour. It was well organized, and the guide was knowledgeable and engaging. His interest and enthusiasm really made the tour enjoyable. The terrain can be challenging, but the guide and others on the tour were patient and took the walking in stride.
We had a very smooth boat ride over and back. The tour guides were interesting and enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I think "Somewhat" is not a word for 4 stars - I was very satisfied, but the only reason for my 4 stars was that we were rushed a bit through the residence - there was another group and we had to move on here (and also the garden) too quickly where I would have liked more time. All in all a great day out.
Great boat ride, interesting history with a great guide( ken) and beautiful day !
All the staff we encountered were helpful, friendly and professional, from the ferry boat over to the on-island staff. Ken was a great guide.
the tour guide was excellent!!!!
The history behind the Bannermans was very interesting and enlightening. Our tour guide, Margaret, was excellent. I was a little disappointed by the garden which was a little worn down probably due to the weather. We were there during the recent heat wave.
Excellent tour guide who had a genuine fascination with the history of the castle and Mr. Bannerman. (I forget his name, but he's a history teacher). The story itself is quite unique. The remnants of the castle and the garden are a sight to behold.
Amazingly informative, beautiful gardening and attention to details.
Beautiful boat trip, lovely guide on the island, interesting story, amazing buildings and gardens, overall a great way to spend the afternoon.
The trip was fun, the tour informative, the sights and views amazing.
History teacher guide was good
The boat trip was lovely, the tour guide knowledgeable and it was interesting. We enjoyed hearing Mrs. Seeland talk about growing up on the island. You could make some real money selling cold drinks on hot days!
We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the tour!
What a great day! From the second we stepped onto the boat that would take us to Bannerman Island, we were entertained. It started with stories and jokes from our captain, and after he gave us more info about the area in general there are definitely more things I want to see and do around Beacon and Newburgh. Our island tour guide was Wes - we were so lucky to have such a knowledgeable guide, he kept us entertained even though it was raining, and we got a special informative talk from a young man (I can't remember his name) in Wee Bay which really topped off the tour. This is my second visit to Bannerman Island and I cant recommend it enough - I will definitely be back!
We loved the tour - our guide, Wes, was fantastic!