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Hurst Castle

New Forest, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
+44 1590 642500
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Lovely castle

Great walk along hurst spit (40mins each way) to the castle. Helpful knowledgeable volunteers are... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
MATKent
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Kent
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Good day out

Family visit with 2 young children plenty for them to explore with informative displays. Would... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
AndrewLJ17
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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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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New Forest, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great walk along hurst spit (40mins each way) to the castle. Helpful knowledgeable volunteers are around the castle with plenty of information about the castle’s history and Britain’s sea defences over the last few hundred years.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Family visit with 2 young children plenty for them to explore with informative displays. Would recommend the boat trip to Keyhaven but also a nice walk from Milford on Sea along the shingle Bank.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I hadn't realised that people could go into the castle until my husband and I visited last week. It's a lovely walk along the shingle spit - something we have done many times before - and it was only when we got to the castle...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Follow the banks to the hurst castle- 1.5 miles on pebbles- have good shoes. Don't take a pram - it is hard going and it can get weedy. You can visit the castle for £15 (the whole family) or sit by the lighthouse and have...More

Thank Rachel L
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We got the boat across to Hurst castle and weren't disappointed. The castle looked very imposing on approach. Great views of the Isle of Wight from the castle. Very informative visit.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Spent a good day at hurst Castle. We decided to walk from Keyhaven along the single spit. The walk took us about 45 minutes each way. The views of the Solent was breathtaking and you are only 4 miles from the needles. The castle shows...More

Thank DVPA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just returned from the castle, it having taken 1 hour and ten mins to be served 3 sandwiches from the cafe. If anyone is running the cafe and reads this please sort this out as you are ruining people's days. The castle itself is reasonably...More

Thank DfromDorset
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We are a varied group of travellers from 17 to 73 and half of us decided (the younger half) to walk round the spit to the castle and the other half caught the boat. The walk is well worth it and the scenery on the...More

Thank Louise T
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle itself is a mixture of old (the keep) and various extensions and subsequent uses of the structure during after after the war. It has excellent views out over the water to the IOW. We went with grand-children (age 9) starting with a 2...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great informative day out. For a family of 4 the total cost with entry fee (£15) return ferry (£20) and parking (£4) it was a fairly good priced day out too. Lots of interesting things to see and the views of The Isle of White...More

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

So good to hear you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for your comments, we agree with you about the props and are working on that.

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ajbentley2018
10 August 2018|
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Response from MIADangerous | Reviewed this property |
The nearest car park to Hurst Castle requires a round trip walk of 6.5 km (approx 4 miles) on a shingle bank. You won't be able to push a pushchair or ride a bike on the shingle. There is also a ferry which goes straight to... More
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ddikelly
26 July 2018|
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Response from thelewisgang | Property representative |
Yes dogs are allowed on short leads - in castle and on ferry.
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milnealison6cows2018
14 July 2018|
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Response from Alby P | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, but I think they probably do. Although it's an English heritage property, it's run by the people who do the ferry service to and from the castle....To be honest it should be called Hurst Fort, rather than Castle.
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