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Hurst Castle

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

Parked in Keyhaven car park, a short walk to the ferry. We took a return trip as the weather was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
SussexMum78
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Nice visit and boat ride

We visited Hurst Castle this morning. We took the boat to the Castle which was a lovely relaxing... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
bchappell
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West Malling, 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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New Forest, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Parked in Keyhaven car park, a short walk to the ferry. We took a return trip as the weather was overcast, so better than a long walk in the rain. The ferry trip was good it was £20 for 2 adults and 2 child return...More

Thank SussexMum78
Jason C, Front Office Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Hurst Castle this morning. We took the boat to the Castle which was a lovely relaxing way to arrive at the Castle. You can walk along the shingle slipway but it looks like a long walk. After arriving at the Castle we wandered...More

2  Thank bchappell
Jason C, Front Office Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to Hurst Castle, it's great to hear you would recommend a visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The walk from MIlford on Sea Marine Hotel to the Castle is about 1.5 miles but seems more than that when walking on shingle. The view of the Solent , Isle of White and the Needles would be fantastic on a good day , unfortunately...More

1  Thank PJC_Kent
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting and we really enjoyed it but you have to be fit! If you like Yarmouth Castle and the Needles Old Battery you'll like Hurst Castle. We must have spent about 3 hours there, including a stop at the Castle Cafe. Despite other reviews...More

1  Thank Cocorabbit69
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Yes the walk can be tough going as it's on shingle but if we see you next time, walk one way and get the ferry back! Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a lovely boat ride and the site itself gives lots of history over 400 years and lovely views.

Thank CHRISTINE B
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you back soon, there's 400 years of history to catch up on!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went by ferry from keyhaven because the walk from Milford is quite long They are updating Hurst castle which should improve the visit Some interesting items from WW11 and Henry the 8th

Thank SAXONY
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. Yes the walk is 1.5 mile along the spit, lots of people walk one way and get the ferry back. Our renovation works should be completed by November.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You have to walk from the nearest car park 1.5 miles along a shingle bank - its hard going but well worth the effort. Castle undergoing renovations & covered in scaffolding so much of rooftop out of bounds but still plenty to see. Café is...More

1  Thank Dawn J
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. All the renovations at the castle should be completed by November so back to normality for us. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we'll be sure to pass on your comments to Alex, our star baker!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a simply super day out. A most charming gentleman, Mark, ferried us across to the castle. Absolutely magnificent views from the parapets and some seriously good tea and cake was had in the little cafe. Children thoroughly enjoyed it and we are already planning...More

Thank Victoria F
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank for your review, we'll be sure to pass on your comments to Mark!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This could be a great day out. It's an amazing building (or 3) with views over to the Isle of Wight and the Needles. The problem is that many of the rooms are empty and some of the exhibitions are lacking in information or just...More

2  Thank Dave B
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are always working to improve our customer experience and are planning to improve our exhibitions for 2018. There is a guide book you can purchase, which has all the history explained and we're looking to update our audio tour...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wasn't overly impressed with this place which is a shame. There weren't many exhibitions or boards of information so it was hard to get a sense of the place. Plus it adds up to be quite expensive when the parking, ferry and entry fees are...More

2  Thank Scoggy
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Sorry to hear you were a little disappointed. We are working to improve our exhibitions and we are still one of the cheapest places to go in the New Forest for a family. You can walk to the castle and get the ferry back, this...More

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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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