Gorton Castle


Gorton Castle (1904), a massive and austere grey-stone edifice with neo-Gothic touches, was formerly the colonial government secretariat. Repairs are still ongoing following a 2014 fire. The exterior is partially visible as you walk by.

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Nearby Shimla attractions

1. Railway Board Building

0.12 MILES

The distinctive, 1897 Railway Board Building has red and cream corner spires and has survived the years thanks to a fire-resistant cast-iron and steel…

2. Kali Bari Mandir

0.26 MILES

The Bengali hut–style Kali Bari Mandir enshrines an image of Kali as Shyamala.

3. Bantony

0.43 MILES

Whimsical and photogenically dilapidated, this 1880 red-brick mansion looks like a place for a Scooby Doo adventure. There's a wobbly central spire-turret…

4. Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara

0.53 MILES

This major Sikh temple isn't a particular attraction but makes a useful landmark beside busy Cart Rd below the bazaar area.

5. Ripon Hospital

0.54 MILES

One of Shimla's most atmospheric timber-framed buildings, the green-and-white Ripon Hospital building (1885) has a couple of exterior wooden stair-spirals…

6. Town Hall

0.63 MILES

Shimla's half-timbered old town hall building originally dates from 1908–10, but has been so restored that it looks essentially new.

7. Gaiety Theatre

0.65 MILES

Lovingly restored between 2004 and 2009 and hoping for Unesco status, this remarkable 320-seater theatre opened in 1877, originally as part of a bigger…

8. Himachal State Museum

0.71 MILES

On a hilltop some 2.5km west of Scandal Point, the state museum sits right at the base of the prominent TV Tower. Rich if somewhat static displays include…