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Castle Hill Lighthouse

Castle Hill lighthouse

800-870 Ocean Ave, 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, 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. Castle Hill light as sun sets

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.

In February of 2005, a 350-foot freighter got caught on the rocks near the lighthouse, and after sometime was finally able to free itself without suffering any major damage. There were no leaks to the vessel, no spillage of oil into the bay, and no one was injured.



Places to Visit Nearby:

Newport is Rhode Island’s jewel for tourists from all over the world.

Breakers Mansion in Newport

The Breakers
(Vanderbuilt) Mansion

These include its famous mansions with tours about these architectual splendors of the rich and famous.

The road to Castle Hill lighthouse is part of the historic Ten Mile Drive (Ocean Drive) along Newport’s shoreline with some great natural shoreline views and elegant Victorian homes and Newport mansions.

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. Castle Hill light overlooking Narragansett Bay

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 Sailing Ship

Newport Harbor is also known as one of the yachting capitals of the world.

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, fishing tours and other types of excursions. Enjoy!


Rhode Island Bay Cruises
Offers weekly lighthouse tours in season.

1347 Roger Williams Way
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Phone: 401) 295-4040


Jamestown-Newport Ferry

In addition to a stop over at Rose Island lighthouse they offer tours around Newport Harbor past lighthouses, and other historical and natural attractions.



Save the Bay Tours
Special organization for lighthouse and coastal preservation. In addition to various educational, nature, and historical tours, they provide an Ultimate Lighthouse Tour, and Southern and Northern Bay Lighthouse Tours on specific days during the summer. Tours may include stopovers to tour inside a particular lighthouse.
100 Save the Bay Drive, Providence, RI 02905
(401) 439-0670



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



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!

book about lighthouses and local coastal atttractions in southern New England





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