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Hurst Castle

New Forest, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
+44 1590 642500
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Took the ferry from Keyhaven - which was lovely. Family enjoyed the castle - hubbie liked the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Suzanne S
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Worth the walk to see the Isle of Wight up close

Long walk and a bit hard going in places but both ends have a bonus The Castle and the Raft at the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Hours Today: 10:30 AM - 5:30 AM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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New Forest, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Took the ferry from Keyhaven - which was lovely. Family enjoyed the castle - hubbie liked the history, daughter liked exploring and i liked the views. Very reasonable price. Walked back along the Spit. Lovely walk. Would love to see serious money invested in this...More

Thank Suzanne S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Long walk and a bit hard going in places but both ends have a bonus The Castle and the Raft at the other ..........

Thank Upalia
Reviewed 1 week ago

use the ferry from Keyhaven, great trip down a beautiful river to the Castle, yes its a little untidy, yes it could be better but there is lots to see and the location and views around the Solent are outstanding. Historically it is interesting and...More

Thank Steve B
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review, hope to see you next time.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Somewhere we go back to again and again if only for cake! Lots of places to explore out of the wind or to find a sunny spot on the grass. Views are unrivaled. Kids can run riot and dogs are welcome. Proper castle, massive guns....More

Thank Stuart T
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a great review, thank you. Love the title, "Little oasis of awesome".

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited here whilst on holiday (we are both English Heritage members) and to be honest, we were left a little disappointed. To get to the castle itself, you can either get the ferry (£6.50 adult return) or walk for about half an hour along...More

Thank Hannah T
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sorry to hear your visit wasn't what you expected. We are updating our exhibitions and please be assured we are health and safety checked annually.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my family for a look-see, nice view from the ramparts but my 3 boys were bored after 10 minutes and we spent more time on the small beach outside of the walls. Best part? The short boat ride out there!

Thank Colin_F1957
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sorry to read your visit was disappointing but glad to hear you enjoyed the boat!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took a stroll along the spit to Hurst Castle not really knowing what to expect. Turns out it was a very interesting couple of hours. Younger children may be a bit bored though. Tea and cake in the cafe was nice. If you don't fancy...More

1  Thank stephen0654
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hurst castle is worth a visit as entrance fee is just a fiver. Displays inside are very old and some areas seemed a little unsafe. Needs updating.

Thank Chappers48
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review, yes we are slowly updating our information at the castle.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rob n I had a lovely day a couple of weeks ago, a great visit to the castle, lots to see, fab views, friendly n helpful staff, lovely coffee n cake ..... we took the small ferry across, Marcus, the skipper, chatted with us about...More

4  Thank Victoria G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came on Saturday half term and decided to visit the cafe. We had to stand in a line for well over 25 mins just to order the food. Then wait the same again for the food to arrive. Half the food we chose was unavailable....More

Thank Julia M
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Really sorry to read that you had a bad experience in the cafe, we have passed on your comments to our cafe manager to try and resolve these issues and to prevent them happening again.

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r0blindley
13 August 2017|
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Response from Sarah B | Reviewed this property |
Not really! The spit is predominantly shingle so would be very hard going. Didn't see anyone attempting to cycle on the day we walked along!
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MarkMahoney
7 August 2017|
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Response from Jo M | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can get right up close and walk around the outside.
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shanibarrett1
21 March 2016|
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Response from Jesse W |
the castle is open April to October 7 days a week. with ferries running. during winter the castle is only open weekends... weather permitting. so you can assume if the weather is windy stormy etc.. it will not be open. dogs... More
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