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Hurst Castle

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Address: New Forest, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
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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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Great walk to here when the tide is right Can also take a ferry to this historical place

Interesting historical place to visit Good bird watching and scenic views Walk or take the ferry depending on tides Good views

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Interesting historical place to visit Good bird watching and scenic views Walk or take the ferry depending on tides Good views

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a fantastic place to visit with layers of history in an enormous site with numerous rooms and rat runs. If you have any interest in military history you'll enjoy this place. If you don't have any interest, it's still a great place to visit!

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A really good place to go that is a bit out of the way and so not that crowded. Good parking and good views.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Who ever knew this place existed - we didn't and have been living along the south coast for over ten years! We did some reading beforehand and wore some decent trainers for what was a bit of a gruelling 3 mile walk there and back across pebbles, but we took in the views from every angle and thoroughly enjoyed our... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked out along the spit to the castle along the shingle (this can be heavy going and not for those who may have difficulty walking) - it's a pleasant walk with good views across The Solent but if the weather isn't great I can imagine it's not so nice as you really are quite exposed. The tidal area (salt... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited in early Feb. We got a taxi as far as we could to the shingle beach and had to walk as the ferry wasn't running. The walk to the castle wasn't bad, just a bit tiring. However on the way back the winds were strong and it was so cold. My fingers were frozen and cold stiff. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As we live locally we often walk along the spit to the castle. Very interesting once inside, you learn how it was built by Henry the 8th and used in the second world war. Restaurant and toilets on site.

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

Lots to see, plenty of space for kids to explore, interesting exhibitions, and really good value. The cafe is no more than satisfactory, but you can always take a picnic and it's fine for a cuppa. We usually walk out along the spit, which is fairly hard work due to the loose shingle, and then take the ferry back to... More 

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

Didn't actually walk out to it this time but got halfway along the spit before heading off to Lymington. Looked dark and menacing in the distance as we walked by.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took a brisk walk in the sunshine along the shingle bank to Hurst Castle. Lovely scenery and could see across to the Isle of Wight

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