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Hurst Castle

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Address: New Forest, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
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+44 1590 642500
10:30 - 05:30
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 05:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Located within the New Forest National Park, Hurst Castle is situated on...

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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An interesting historic location

Hurst Castle is not the easiest heritage site to access - the choice being a bracing walk or a ferry, having driven to the car park. It is worth the effort just for the views... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Colin F
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hurst Castle is not the easiest heritage site to access - the choice being a bracing walk or a ferry, having driven to the car park. It is worth the effort just for the views over the Solent. The castle itself spans over 5 centuries of defense of the nation as well as having a history of lighthouses. There is... More 

Thank Colin F
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm not sure I read anywhere in the information that the walk along the waterfront was not that easy. It was flat but hard-going on the loose surface. I wouldn't recommend for anyone who was ambient or for strollers. It's a big walk even for little legs. The boat ride back was easier but completely depends on the tide. The... More 

Thank Christine L M
Crewkerne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited on Wednesday 19 April 2017. A great excuse to walk along the shingle bank from Milford on Sea in a strong sea breeze.....! But worth the effort. what a great, unspoilt relic. The fort dates from the Middle Ages, and Charles 1 was held here. More recently developed to defend our shores in WW1 and WW!! - lots... More 

Thank thebuckes
Gosport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the castle on a beautiful sunny blue day, we made our way via little boat ride over the sea which made the day even more exciting, the castle has heaps of history from the Victorian time to World War II, plenty to explore, see and do, with a little cafe for tea during your visit, I would allow a... More 

Thank George and Mel B
Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our second visit here and we still loved it. So much history in one place. We love the isolation, but you can get there on a ferry if you are not up to the 1.5km walk along the shingle spit. I found approaching it from the spit really adds to the atmosphere of the place. We also love... More 

Thank HylB
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on the Bank holiday weekend. Took the ferry over and walked over the shingle back. Would advise wearing solid footwear if walking on the shingle as it's a long way. Castle very is very interesting. Can take your dog which was great for us. Recommended.

Thank Laura H
Cam, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting place but difficult for those with mobility problems. However very child friendly. Poor organisation in the café but plenty of places to sit and have a picnic. Very useful to have a ferry boat to take you to the castle to save the walk along the Spit.

Thank richardanddibelliss
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

So we had not heard of Hurst Castle until I had read about it in a fiction book. Popped down on the easter weekend. It was a bit strange because it was not what I expected at all. I had the view from the website that there was lots of King Henry stuff, but actually really most of it is... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to visit this Tudor-Victorian fort by foot (the 10mins ferry from Keyhaven is £6,50 per adult) - from the car park (£4.50 for 6hrs) to Hurst castle is 1.9 miles each way - a hard slog over a long shingle causeway which is a word of warning for those who might find it hard work. The £5 admission... More 

Thank Johnny H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is a museum for its world war two military base and the white lighthouse next to it. It's interesting enough for visitors not particularly familiar with either topic, and has an abundance of little rooms, corridors and nooks to explore, great for junior adventurers. Entry is £5 for adults, and you can go to the castle "top" for... More 

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