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Hurst Castle

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Address: Milford on Sea, 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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Third Visit and Enjoyable Again

Have previously visited Hurst Castle and have enjoyed it each time. I can never understand why they don't open a small cafe outside of the normal admission price as they would... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Telford
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Have previously visited Hurst Castle and have enjoyed it each time. I can never understand why they don't open a small cafe outside of the normal admission price as they would make a killing. There were dozens of people around the castle at the weekend but not many actually going in. Not everyone wants to pay £4.80 adult admission but... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Dog walking along the spit one blustery winter's day we were delighted to discovered that despite their advertised winter hours as being CLOSED during winter months the castle was open to explore, albeit sans cafe. However this is one of the best value castles I have visited in a long time. A labyrinth of rooms and space with excellent and... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Walking the coast path can be arduous when it's cold and wet., with the gravel uneven as well, but it's a good exercise walk to the castle. A bit stark and remote, good for nature lovers but not children!

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Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

When we stayed at Marine House (see my review) we walked along the Spit to Hurst Castle. It's about a mile and a half but the castle is closed in winter, opening from April to October, so if you wish to go inside and enjoy the wonderful views, ( it's only three quarters of a mile from the Isle of... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely shingle coastline. A place we visit time and time again. Plenty to do and long walks from car park to Hurst Castle. About an hours walk one way. There is a fee for entrance to the castle itself but just walking the perimeter is an amazing view. Crabbing here is great fun on the bridges but it does... More 

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Christchurch, Dorset
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely cold but bracing winter's day - ideal for a walk along Hurst Spit to the Castle and enjoy a coffee on arrival perhaps. Yes, the walk was lovely with great views all around, but the Castle is closed weekdays during the winter months!! Never mind! A good reason to return in Spring!

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

This is an interesting castle with great views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. However it is very small with limited opportunities for drinks. In the summer their is a boat if you don't want the half hour walk along the spit. We walked out and took the boat back but had to wait and it as very... More 

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Slough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great way to spend a few hours, lovely views available from the top of the castle, and an interesting walk around.

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

Beautiful walk across shingle spit from keyhaven to the castle. Fascinating historical site with lots to see

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Teddington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't go into the castle. But we had a great walk from Milford-on-Sea and then got the ferry back to the yacht club. Staying in Leamington, we got an X1 bus to Milford-on-Sea, got off at the beach, walked to the castle, got the ferry back and then walked an hour along the coast to The Chequers Inn for... More 

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