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Hurst Castle

New Forest, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
+44 1590 642500
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Well worth a visit

You have to walk from the nearest car park 1.5 miles along a shingle bank - its hard going but well... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Dawn J
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Swansea, United Kingdom
Beautiful blustery visit to Hurst Castle.

What a simply super day out. A most charming gentleman, Mark, ferried us across to the castle... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Victoria F
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Farnham, 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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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New Forest, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

You have to walk from the nearest car park 1.5 miles along a shingle bank - its hard going but well worth the effort. Castle undergoing renovations & covered in scaffolding so much of rooftop out of bounds but still plenty to see. Café is...More

1  Thank Dawn J
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a simply super day out. A most charming gentleman, Mark, ferried us across to the castle. Absolutely magnificent views from the parapets and some seriously good tea and cake was had in the little cafe. Children thoroughly enjoyed it and we are already planning...More

Thank Victoria F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This could be a great day out. It's an amazing building (or 3) with views over to the Isle of Wight and the Needles. The problem is that many of the rooms are empty and some of the exhibitions are lacking in information or just...More

2  Thank Dave B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wasn't overly impressed with this place which is a shame. There weren't many exhibitions or boards of information so it was hard to get a sense of the place. Plus it adds up to be quite expensive when the parking, ferry and entry fees are...More

1  Thank Scoggy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the boat and walk back if you are fit enough. Lovely interesting setting blows the cobwebs away.

Thank kdm272017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to spend a few hours. Cafe had decent cake. Lots of different nooks and crannies to explore.

Thank VikkiHB
Jason C, Front Office Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the castle and it's café. Thank you

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful trip; we chose to take the boat ride over (which I'm very relieved we did, as the walk is on shingle and is about 1.5 miles each way). Also the boat is lovely; we had an amazing driver that told us things about...More

Thank CraiF88
Jason C, Front Office Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are pleased your enjoyed your day a the castle and glad the skipper entertained you on your boat trip. Thank you.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went over by short ferry trip Quite a large fort and lots of information about to read. Amazingly intact in spite of its age Really interesting place with an interesting history. Nice little cafe on site.

Thank 393barry1946
Jason C, Front Office Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your review.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the castle (more fort like in appearance) is no fairly tale beauty it does have a certain something that captures your imagination - the setting is stunning and the walk to it was bracing and enjoyable. Despite it taking about 45 mins we all...More

Thank Roisin D
Jason C, Front Office Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Sounds like everyone had an amazing time and we love the fact you love the castle and shingle bank as much as we do! Thanks for the review

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our friends came to visit and were keen to take advantage of the glorious weather to explore Hurst Castle. We parked up and braved the long walk along the shingle, wow our calves got a great workout! views great and only disappointment was the castle...More

Thank DEL010596
Jason C, Front Office Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

So glad that you enjoyed your visit to Hurst Castle, it's great to hear such positive feedback.

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r0blindley
14 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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