I have visited Hurst Castle several times as I live only 5 miles from Milford-on-Sea. I never get tired of this place. There is so much history gathered in one place; from Henry VIII to WWII. There is plenty of information on show and you can visit most parts of the castle. The old guns are still there and the railway lines. You can go right up to the battlements and pass through the amazing round room where wedding receptions are held. Visit the dungeon which flooded at high tide, one way to keep the prison population down in those days! My favourite part of the castle is the newly restored WWII theatre. There is a café and small gift shop. You can reach the castle by walking along the shingle spit, approx. 1.5 miles from Milford or take the ferry across from Keyhaven.
Outside the castle walls is the lighthouse, no longer in service and unfortunately not open to the public.
Take the time to walk all the way around the outside of the castle (this does involve some clambering over wooden breakwaters), close to the sea in places but there are some nice little nooks for a picnic.
There is an entrance fee for the castle but it is free to walk around the castle and visit the beach.
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