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Hurst Castle

New Forest, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
+44 1590 642500
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Worth the walk!

We trekked out along the shingle spit to get to the castle and had a great time exploring the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
JackieAin
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Great views of the Solent

In this spell of sunny days we took the ferry from Keyhaven to Hurst Castle. What a joy. The ferry... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
parkerjazz
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hampshire
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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

We trekked out along the shingle spit to get to the castle and had a great time exploring the different bits. The Tudor parts were the most interesting for us. The castle covers quite a large area and it’s good to be able to climb...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

In this spell of sunny days we took the ferry from Keyhaven to Hurst Castle. What a joy. The ferry gently glides through the water with views of the lighthouse,the Solent,the Isle of Wight and the castle.Then into the castle. Which was originally built by...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

this is such a wonderful castle and all the exhibits are amazing we had such a great time here..we learned so much about Lighthouses and the whole Castle outbuildings and everything was lovely !!! There was a wedding going on and it looked fabulous !!!...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked there from Milford. Don’t walk the entire thing in flip flops as there is loose shingle the entire way. Interesting castle, with a small cafe and things to see. There is a small boat that shuttle runs back. However if walking from Milford-on-Sea it...More

Thank Alex W
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thelewisgang, Owner at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Glad to hear you had a lovely time.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just think, this place was built without the help of a JCB, cemetery mixer, building inspector or Polish bricklayer! Has to be seen to be believed!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quite a walk to reach but well worth the visit. Entry price was good and a nice warm welcome. Lots to see and do and educational. Nice lunch on offer at small cafe. Enjoyed the ferry ride back at a reasonable price

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the boat or the spit walk to this 5 times upgraded castle built in Tudor times.To keep out potential invaders from the Continent, the building has been improved and re-inforced over the ages.So there is much to see and lots to explore for lovers...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this site by ferry from Keyhaven, but you can walk along the Spit from Milford on Sea. It is free for English Heritage members or Adults £5 Children£3 and Family ( 2+3)£15. It is a mix of Henry V111 fortress built to protect...More

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Jason C, Front Office Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From Milford on Sea to Hurst Castle along the Spit the walk to Hurst Castle was really nice ( take decent shoes for walking on the shingle). Depending on how fit you are it takes around 1hour 15 mins to arrive at the castle. There...More

Thank Janet M
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Jason C, Front Office Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review and let's hope the weather continues.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning views. Pleasant ride on the ferry or you can walk the two and a half mile walk along the spit. Plenty of bird life. Interesting Fort.

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Jason C, Front Office Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit.

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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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KazS
17 May 2018|
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Response from thelewisgang | Property representative |
Yes either at the Needles Eye cafe on Hurst Road or at Raft Rocks at the Marine.
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Milesy2950
1 May 2018|
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Response from thelewisgang | Property representative |
You can get the ferry with your buggy, just need to collapse it and the skipper will help you. We don't advise you to walk as it's a shingle spit and the buggy won't move easily along it. Once inside the castle, you can use... More
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