Highcliffe Castle

Highcliffe Castle: Hours, Address, Highcliffe Castle Reviews: 4/5

Highcliffe Castle
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Visitor Centres • Historic Sites • Castles
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Every castle has a history, but ours is as colourful as the Jesse stained glass window in the Great Hall. In the 1830s, a rather extravagant (some say egotistic) lord envisioned his dream home. Throughout the years the Castle has changed ownership and has been ravaged by two fires, but it still remains standing. Today, our Grade 1 listed Castle is magnificent and charming in its own unique way. And while it doesn’t possess all the grandeur and opulence it had in 1836, it has inherited something equally as impressive along the way – fascinating stories that will be brought to life on your visit. ***Please note the Tearooms are separately run; to review please use the Castle Kitchen page***
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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683 reviews
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304
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232
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Poor
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Vacation02684343612
2 contributions
An unexpected gem of a place to visit
Nov 2021
really interesting place to visit - much more so than we were expecting. It also has a superb cafe with coffee & cake so good, we had lunch there too - which was also excellent. After visiting the house, & spotting "The Needles" (I.oW) from the terrace, we walked down to the beach and enjoyed a walk along the seashore.
Written 23 November 2021
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Diana D
United Kingdom203 contributions
Very quiet and peaceful
Nov 2021
We really enjoyed Highcliffe castle. The lady at reception was very informative and helpful. The route around the castle was very well signed and each room had an impressive amount of information. This brought the history to life. We will probably come back.
Written 5 November 2021
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Thank you for your 5 star review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the Castle and that you were made to feel so welcome by our staff member. The building has a varied and rich history and we are glad that you found the information in the rooms so useful. We would be very pleased to welcome you back for another visit. With best wishes from the Castle Team.
Written 7 November 2021
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Naz
7 contributions
A stunning setting for a wedding
Oct 2021
We held our marriage ceremony here and it was stunning. The staff were fantastic and helped us organise everything. I recommend doing a rehearsal if you're considering getting married here as it helped a lot. Not only is the castle beautiful but it's within walking distance to the beach! Highly recommend coming here for a day out, and if you're considering it for your wedding - you will not be disappointed.
Written 4 November 2021
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Thank you very much for your lovely review of your wedding ceremony held at the Castle. We are delighted that you enjoyed our beautiful venue and especially its close proximity to the beach. Our weddings team work hard to ensure that every wedding is one to remember, so they will be very happy that they were able to deliver such a memorable day for you. With best wishes from the Castle Team
Written 7 November 2021
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tardis1956
Southampton, UK192 contributions
A surprisingly good place to visit
Oct 2021 • Couples
Just a great place to go with easy parking, good cafe, well kept gardens and a great house.
It’s also easy to walk to Muddiford quay along the cliff path or along the beach.
Been there numerous times mainly for the walks & easy parking but don’t forget to visit the house!
Written 18 October 2021
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Thank you very much for such a positive review. As you say there is lots here to see and do both inside the Castle and out, and we are delighted that you are such a regular visitor. With best wishes from the Castle Team.
Written 7 November 2021
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April J Harris
England, UK235 contributions
A castle with a chequered history
Oct 2021
We stumbled upon Highcliffe Castle during a walk along the coast. Such an interesting property with a very interesting history, and some beautiful architectural features. It's not fully restored, but very much a work in progress. You can also watch people restoring stained glass etc. The cafe was lovely too. We had a very restorative bowl of soup before continuing our walk.
Written 4 October 2021
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Thank you for your 5 star review. We are pleased that you found us as you were out walking, and that you had the time to visit the Castle inside. As you say the building has a very interesting history, and has already been subject to extensive resoration work; all of which can be fully appreciated when walking around the rooms. We are glad you enjoyed the Stained Glass Studio which has been a recent addition, and enables visitors to see the Castle's valuable collection being consereved and restored. With best wishes from the Castle Team.
Written 7 November 2021
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SC2011start
Leeds, UK88 contributions
Smaller than expected
Oct 2021 • Friends
Very interesting but parking is extra. Very informative displays ( no need to buy the guide), quite a small property , especially the bit we were allowed to see, approx half wasn't open to the public, nice cafe on site, lovely small garden and steps down to the beach and to story point from the car park fur the more adventurous
Written 2 October 2021
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Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Castle, grounds and tea rooms, and that you found the displays informative. With best wishes from the Castle Team.
Written 7 November 2021
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Shirley T
1 contribution
Didn't have one ! Very angry 😠
Sep 2021 • Couples
Notification of a wedding should be on a large sign to say that there will be no entry into the castle so as not to pay for the car park !
Written 17 September 2021
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Thank you for your response. We apologise that the Castle was closed to visitors for a wedding when you visited. We do advertise our opening times on our website and hope you enjoyed the grounds, nature reserve and beaches of the surrounding area. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future, and please do check our website before travel for up-to-date information. With best wishes. The Castle Team
Written 19 September 2021
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Clive M
Oxford, UK4 contributions
Daily visit on our holiday
Aug 2021 • Couples
wonderful grounds good for walks along cliff top path to Beach hut cafe with dog.
Then back to Highcliffe for cream tea at cafe
Written 13 September 2021
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Thank you for your 5 star review and we are delighted you enjoyed time in our grounds. The views across the bay are certainly spectacular as well. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Castle and the surrounding area in the future. With best wishes The Castle Team
Written 19 September 2021
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Madenee
London, UK328 contributions
BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS AND BUILDING
Sep 2021 • Couples
An interesting couple of hours wandering around the grounds and 'Castle' (Stately Home). There were volunteers on hand to ask questions and some great work has been done on the renovations, still a long way to go though. The grounds are beautifully kept and the Tea Room is a must do. View from the bottom of the garden across to the Isle of Wight and The Needles is stunning.
Written 12 September 2021
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Thank you for your excellent 4 star review and we are delighted you enjoyed the Castle and the grounds. The surrounding area and the view across the bay is certainly stunning and breathtaking! We are currently in phase 7 of a 10 phase masterplan of restoration and currently have a Collections Exhibition entitled Lost and Found Revisited highlighting archive and salvage behind the scenes work if you make a return visit in the near future. We look forward to welcoming you back! Best wishes The Castle Team
Written 19 September 2021
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Sue R
17 contributions
Not great
Aug 2021 • Solo
Long long wait 30 minutes for a cup of tea. Poor service even on a bank holiday. Lots of people complaining.
Written 30 August 2021
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Thank you for your review. We at the Castle will endeavour to pass your review onto the Castle Kitchen. It is run separately to the Castle so will make sure they are aware. We look forward to welcoming you back to the grounds and inside the Castle itself. Best wishes The Castle Team
Written 19 September 2021
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