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Address: Milford on Sea, New Forest, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
Phone Number: +44 1590 642344
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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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A great day out

It is fun to take the boat in one direction to see the harbour and cut down on the walk. However the walk along the spit is beautiful. Great views across to the Isle of Wight... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is fun to take the boat in one direction to see the harbour and cut down on the walk. However the walk along the spit is beautiful. Great views across to the Isle of Wight and along the coast. Book in for a free tour when you get there otherwise you may have to wait a long time to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here last Saturday. It is quite a trek from Milford on Sea if you've parked your car and decided to walk along the spit. Top tip here: make sure you have sturdy boots on as it is quite hard work (I didn't as we hadn't planned to go). Once you get there, the castle is quite a sight. It... More 

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Thanks Jane for your review. Sorry there wasn't much to eat in the cafe but stock is kept to a minimum in the winter as we're only open weekends from now till 1 April. More 

horley surrey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took the granddaughter and husband and great grandson over on the ferry,18 month great grandson absolutely loved the trip on the boat.had the freedom of the lower castle and we all enjoyed the break at the little cafe,(lovely cakes).its a great day out for all the family.

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

10 of us in the 55 plus category took the walk from Milford on sea along the shingle spit to Hirst Castle the nearest point to the Isle of White from the main land, apparently. This is a good 1 hour walk each way so take good shoes or park alongside the road on the nature reserve and this will... More 

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Thank Phil M
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hurst Castle is an English Heritage building with some great history. The Castle has been adapted since Henry viii had it built and there is WW1 and WW2 areas now. The Castle offers great sea views across to the Isle of Wight and the light house. It is interesting seeing how the original castle has been added to some purists... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got the ferry across to Hurst castle during Halloween week so there was lots to do for smaller children, free arts, craft and story telling. We really enjoyed our day exploring the castle, climbing the spiral stairs and going into the keep. The highlight for our girls was, surprisingly, the light house keepers museum with interactive games to play,... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In all the years I've lived in the New Forest I hadn't realised you could go into the castle although I might have come here as a kid but I can't remember. What a surprise, we'd walked down the spit with the dogs and decided to go in when we saw the signs and reasonable entry prices too. When visiting... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Was ok if your a 2nd world war enthusiast but didnt have enough there regarding old history the views are lovley though

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The walk here, along the spit, is a highlight with excellent views north to marsh area of waterways with attractive boats, and south to the IOW. Most interesting aspect of the castle is the 16th century core, though others I've seen are less impacted upon by alterations, eg St Mawes in Cornwall. These alterations- the addition of two fort wings... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our family (5 adults, 2 children and dog) travelled across on the ferry and had an excellent tour around the castle. The weather was good and the children and dog had lots of fun. The ferry crew were helpful getting buggy on and off and the children were well entertained at the castle with lots of craft things to make... More 

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