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Hurst Castle

New Forest, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
+44 1590 642500
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Day out

A great day out, just walking and taking in the great views, Evan took time out to do some fishing... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
trevorj690
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Lymington, United Kingdom
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Step back in time!

Hurst Castle can be reached by ferry or walking 2 miles along the causeway. We come the ferry... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Palaeontology
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West Molesey, 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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“long walk” (86 reviews)
“henry viii” (60 reviews)
“small ferry” (35 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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New Forest, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A great day out, just walking and taking in the great views, Evan took time out to do some fishing from the beach.

Thank trevorj690
Reviewed 2 days ago

Hurst Castle can be reached by ferry or walking 2 miles along the causeway. We come the ferry which was fabulous. The Castle has buildings ranging from Tudor times to World War II. Children love the may passages and dark rooms that they can explore...More

Thank Palaeontology
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Well preserved Henry 8th coastal castle,with later fortifications up until ww2. Lots to see and take photo's of. Small cafe and open air toilets on site, only available to those paying the entrance fee, so if you were planning to just view from the outside...More

Thank mick p
Jason C, Front Office Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2017

Thank you for your review of Hurst Castle and we are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 19 November 2017

WE walked along the shingle beach from KeyHaven. The Castle was worth the walk. Lots of interesting displays. Particularly the Lighthouse section. The old Castle also very interesting

Thank Jan R
Jason C, Front Office Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

We love the fact you loved the castle as much as we do. Thanks for the review.

Reviewed 17 November 2017 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
Jason C, Front Office Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

It is great to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit to Hurst Castle and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Reviewed 7 November 2017

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
Jason C, Front Office Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

Thank you for your review of Hurst Castle and we are glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 6 November 2017

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 9 November 2017

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

Reviewed 6 November 2017 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 9 November 2017

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

Reviewed 29 October 2017

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 9 November 2017

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 29 October 2017

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 9 November 2017

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

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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
20 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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