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Hurst Castle

Closed Now: 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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How would a tourist know about Hurst Castle, its not easy to get there, or find the ferry, or know... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
John G
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London, United Kingdom
Great experience

Really enjoyed our visit here while on a short break in Lymington. Spent 3 hours here at this... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Nigel K
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Willenhall, 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...more
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New Forest National Park Hampshire, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

As an attraction it is a fair 2 out of 5. The history associated with the building is huge but all you get is a few crappy old display cases with some ww2 memorabilia. Like many attractions in the UK it could be so much...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank neillark
Reviewed 2 days ago

How would a tourist know about Hurst Castle, its not easy to get there, or find the ferry, or know about it in the first place. But what a find, true history and views to die for, as many of the soldiers defending it did....More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank John G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit here while on a short break in Lymington. Spent 3 hours here at this fascinating fort and also enjoyed tea and cake in the on site cafe. Take the water ferry from the car park to the fort and if the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Nigel K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for a dog friendly visit in the New Forest. A really great walk out along the shingle spit to the unassuming fort. Once inside it’s a real surprise. So much to see and it’s clear how much has been done in recent...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Andrew L
Jason C, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad to hear that you and your dog enjoyed your visit to Hurst Castle!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Hurst Castle on the 5th September. Really interesting place, full of history from both the Tudor period & the 2 World Wars. We spent over 2 hours here, lots to look at & good value for £5.50. The views across the Solent &...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Mandy P
Jason C, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Good to hear you enjoyed your visit - you're right in saying the views from the Solent and the marshes are wonderful!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This has so much history and exhibits you could spend all day here. The Isle of Wight is so close, 2 to 3 miles. Fascinating history back to Henry VIII

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank DangerMouse1309
Jason C, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review, it's the views from the top of the Tudor keep across to the Isle of Wight is in our opinion one of the best views in the UK.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We caught the ferry from Key Haven there is a charge. The castle we visited about 15 years ago but it has a lot more to see and do. In some of the rooms you have displays of light house fittings Also a world War...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Railwayma
Jason C, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, glad to hear you enjoyed your day out and for your advice about taking a jacket/jumper as it can be colder over at the castle.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for a day out with our two young children age 3 and 5 and our friends who also have two young children. We parked in the car park at Keyhaven, it was £4 to park for 4 hours. We then caught the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Jason C, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review and for your recommendation to other holiday makers to visit us when in the area.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having a partly disabled partner I decided not to risk the long walk from Milford On Sea and instead took the ferry from Keyhaven ; a good decision as it turned out as the ferry people couldn't have been more helpful. It's just a short...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Frederick M
Jason C, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your honest, friendly review and so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this place back in August this year and nothing bad we can say about it. We enjoyed gorgeous view from the highest point of the castle. We got loads of information about historical events. Kids loved watching videos about war and big machines....More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank sipsik19
Jason C, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So pleased to review your review and to hear you had a fascinating day out with your children.

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JanetB869
August 4, 2019|
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Response from Jason C | Property representative |
Yes it's £5.50 for adults, £5 for concessions, £3.50 chid and family (2A &3C) is £17.
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JanetB869
August 4, 2019|
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Response from Coastal651608 | Reviewed this property |
The castle entry will be around £5.50 each adult. But you can buy a English Heritage Overseas Visitor Pass which allows you to visit over 100 places with the pass including Stonehenge for free. So if you planning to visit... More
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August 10, 2018|
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Response from MIADangerous | Reviewed this property |
The nearest car park to Hurst Castle requires a round trip walk of 6.5 km (approx 4 miles) on a shingle bank. You won't be able to push a pushchair or ride a bike on the shingle. There is also a ferry which goes straight to... More
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