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.
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.
Access to the castle 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.
Hurst Castle Prices
Family: £15 (2 Adults and 3 Children)
English Heritage Members, Child under 5: FREE
Child: £3.50 (children under 3 free)
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.
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.
* Hurst Castle Opening Times
29th March 2018 - 30th September 2018: 10.30am - 5.30pm
1st October 2018 - 31st October 2018: 10.30am - 4pm
November 2018 - March 2019: winter weekend opening, weather permitting, call for details
Ferry departs daily from Keyhaven from 10.15am and then every approximately every 20 minutes from 29th March - 31st October 2018.
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