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Hurst Castle & Ferry

Type:Museum - Military

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

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Hurst Castle & Ferry

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Hurst Castle is situated at the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1.5 miles from Milford-On-Sea. The end of the spit, only three-quarters of a mile from the Isle of Wight, and the views from the top of the centre keep are spectacular.

Since the castle has been opened to the public many more exhibits and exhibitions have been installed. These include the Garrison Theatre, the Trinity House lighthouse exhibition and the Association of Lighthouse Keepers' display room.

There is also a small café in the castle grounds for refreshments.

Hurst Castle Ferry

The only landing ferry to Hurst Castle leaves from Keyhaven Quay on the hour from 10.00am and return from Hurst Castle on the half-hour until 5.30pm.

Guide Prices

Adult - £5.00
Child - £3.00
Senior - £4.50
Family - £15 (2 Adults and 3 Children)


Site Features

  • English Heritage Property

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets


  • Children welcome


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


  • Parking with charge

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Facilities for groups


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.


  • New Forest AwardsNew Forest Tourism Association New Forest Tourism Association 2016
  • New Forest AwardsBrand New Forest Card Brand New Forest Card 2016

Opening Times

* (October = 10:30am - 4pm)
November to March = weather permitting.

The Castle will not be open for Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

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