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Hurst Castle

New Forest, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
+44 1590 642500
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Fascinating part of our History from King Henry VIII to the present day

Worth the walk across the shingle spit with the Isle of Wight in the background. Fascinating... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
London, United Kingdom
Brief stay

We actually arrived too late to see alot of this attraction however there are some stunning views... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Aidan H
via mobile
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Located within the New Forest National Park, Hurst Castle is situated on the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1.5 miles from Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire. Built by Henry VIII as a chain of fortresses to protect the Solent in 1544, this is the site where Charles I was imprisoned in 1648 before being taken to his trial and execution in London. The castle was modernised during the Napoleonic wars and again in the 1870s when the enormous armoured wings were added, making it the largest coastal fort in the world. Two of the huge 38-ton guns installed in the 1870s can be viewed in their casemates together with other weapons developed through 412 years of military use. During World War II, Hurst was manned with coastal gun batteries and searchlights. You can get to Hurst Castle by ferry from Keyhaven Quay (sat nav postcode: SO41 0TP) or you can walk along the shingle Hurst Spit.
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“long walk” (70 reviews)
“henry viii” (53 reviews)
“isle of wight” (165 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 05:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
New Forest, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
+44 1590 642500
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Worth the walk across the shingle spit with the Isle of Wight in the background. Fascinating attraction!

Thank N0rmalf0rn0rf0lk
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We actually arrived too late to see alot of this attraction however there are some stunning views from the castle and a perfect place to have a paddle in the sea. The ferry was fairly cheap at 6.50 return for an adult and all of...More

Thank Aidan H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Nice boat ride there and back and some interesting items there but let down by terrible customer service at the gate and exhibit information a bit "tired" , certainly not up to English Heritage standards.

Thank tony1949tiger
Reviewed 1 week ago

pack a picnic walk along the spit to hurst castle spend a couple of hours easily done reasonable entry price great things to see, then go on the beach (shingle) have a picnic and either walk or get the ferry back to keyhaven. execellent.

Thank Wendy T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Parked at Milford-on-Sea at the start of the spit. The meter did not take the new £1 coin, but luckily we we had enough small change. Walked over the spit to Hurst Castle. It was a lovely hot, sunny day and very pleasant. Castle a...More

1  Thank chipwilt19
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wouldn't call it a castle, it's more like military base - sadly it was closed for renovation, so we couldn't get in. It's placed in a very beautiful place - you definitely should walk at least one way (instead of taking a ferry).

Thank leuveen
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Very strange as we are open seven days a week from 10.30am to 5.30pm! So did you visit before or after this time?

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Parked in Milford on Sea and walked along the shingle beach which is quite a walk to the Castle, this is a fortress used in WW2 as a battery and impressive it is too, it was built VR 1873 and has stood up to the...More

1  Thank Marc A
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great place to visit. You can either walk to the Castle which will take about 30-45 minutes due to shingles on the pathway or you can take the ferry which is what we did as it added to the trip. There is a...More

Thank Liz B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Toured Casa Grande arrived at 900 before crowds. Our tour guide was great. He added allot of commentary and spent 2x the alloted time with us. Very worthwhile. Did not have time to see movie nut saw dvd version which was promtional

Thank Joseph M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like a bit of history this is a great place to visit. We travelled there via the ferry which adds a bit of excitement for children. The staff at the castle are very friendly and are willing to let children interact with some...More

Thank NeilSmith1275
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When is the castle open and are dogs allowed entry?
21 March 2016|
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Response from CatherineR779 | Reviewed this property |
I know this is a VERY late response, but I'm adding it in case anyone else finds it helpful. Dogs are allowed EVERYWHERE. On the ferry - all round the promontory - inside the castle grounds - inside the exhibits - on the... More