Hurst Castle & Ferry

Type:Museum - Military

Hurst Castle & Ferry, Keyhaven, Lymington, SO41 0TP

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An artillery cannon in the grounds of Hurst Castle

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Come and discover this artillery fortress built by Henry VIII at the seaward end of a spit. Commanding the entrance to the Solent, it offers one of the best views in England.

From its beginings as one of Henry VIII's chain of military fortresses in 1544, Hurst Castle, unusually for a Tudor castle, remained in active role through both world wards. It played a part in the imprisonment of Charles I in the 17th century and defended England from invasion threats in the 19th and 20th centuries. Exhibitions around the castle provide you with a chance to piece together Hurst Castle's long history.

With an audio tour to help you navigate, fantastic views of the Isle of the Wight from the top of the Tudor Keep and plenty of open spaces for children to explore, it's a great day out for the whole family. There's also a cafe offering homemade food.

Castle highlights include:

Step inside the heart of Hurst Castle to its Tudor fort, which retains much of its 16th century appearance.

Follow the steps to the first floor of the Tudor keep, where it was probably here that Charles I was kept prisoner in 1648.

Enjoy the spectacular views from the roof of the Tudor keep across the Needles Passage to the Isle of Wight.

Take a visit to the basement of the Tudor keep, used for storage of food, fuel, weapons and gunpowder.

Travel through time to the East and West wings, built in 1860s and take a glimpse into the living conditions of a soldier in the First and Second World Wars, with living quarters and washing facilites to explore.

Don't miss the Garrison Theatre, possibly the last theatre constucted by the garrison to survive from the Second World War.

Discover the history of the lighthouses on the spit within the Lighthouse exhibition in the West Wing, from the first light built in 1786 to the High Light of 1867, which still functions today.

To get to Hurst Castle, there is a leisurely ferry ride from Keyhaven (charges apply) or a 1.5 mile walk along Hurst Spit (please note this is a shingle spit). Cafe open daily and dogs on leads welcome.

 

 

 

Guide Prices

Hurst Castle Prices
Adult: £5.50
Concession: £5.00
Child: £3.50
Family: £17 (2 Adults and 3 Children)
English Heritage Members, Child under 5: FREE

Ferry Prices
Return Fare:
Adult: £6.50
Child: £3.50 (children under 3 free)

Single Fare:
Adult: £3.50
Child: £2.50

Facilities

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Wedding receptions

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Site Features

  • English Heritage Property

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

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    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    From A337 take the turning for Milford on Sea. Hurst Castle will be sign posted in this direction. Follow the road into Milford on Sea village. Turn left into the village centre and turn left at the staggered crossroads. Follow this road to the end and you will find yourself at Keyhaven car park.The ferry and Hurst Spit are within walking distance from Keyhaven car park.The nearest railway station is New Milton, which is 4 miles away.

    Public Transport Directions

    You can either walk to Hurst Castle along a 1.5 mile shingle spit or alternatively you can catch a ferry from Keyhaven, which operates daily from 29th March 2018 to 31st October 2018 from 10.15am and then approximately every 20 minutes.

    Awards

    • Other AwardsGo New Forest Card Go New Forest Card 2018
    • Other AwardsGo New Forest Member Go New Forest Member 2018

    Opening Times

    * Hurst Castle Opening Times
    1st April 2019 - 30th September 2019: 10.30am - 5.30pm
    1st October 2019 - 1st November 2019: 10.30am - 4pm
    2nd November 2019 - 31st March 2020: Winter weekend opening, weather permitting, call for details

    Ferry departs daily from Keyhaven from 10.15am and then every approximately every 20 minutes from 1st April - 1st November 2019.

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