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Hurst Castle

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Great family visit with transatlantic visitors!

When family from the US were visiting, Hurst Castle was an obvious choice to take them. Full of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
TJ_HookerTravels
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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A gem

Took the boat across to Hurst Castle. Really enjoyed the crossing with the view of the castle as... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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, Lymington SO41 0TP, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When family from the US were visiting, Hurst Castle was an obvious choice to take them. Full of history and informative points of interest, lovely view points and a nice brisk stroll over the pebbles to get there. Only downside was the parking cost and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Its a nice walk to the fort along the gravel spit, kite surfers and people fishing around interesting to have a look around the fort itself

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took the boat across to Hurst Castle. Really enjoyed the crossing with the view of the castle as we approached. The was a lot more to this place than I first thought. Amazing views all round at the top. Plenty of history and displays to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

Visited here on sunday - really nice little castle! Lots to see and read about and very friendly staff and volunteers. Only £5 for an adult - well worth it. We walked along the spit to get there - I would say that it is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kathy L
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, just to clarify the ferry goes from Keyhaven not Milford Beach. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Was blessed with good weather, but this really is a stunning location to spend a sunny day. Do support the local ferry company. At £6.50 return, not expensive and the dog is welcome at no charge. Gives you the best approach view. Lots of exhibits...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Colin A
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, sorry to hear the cafe was up to your expectations, your comments have been passed on to the cafe staff.

Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Took a boat ride with local chap who was very friendly sharing some personal anecdotes to keep us updated! We enjoyed the visit although a cold day. Friendly staff. Stunning views from tower.

Date of experience: October 2018
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thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, we are proud to say we offer one of the best views in England from the top of the Tudor keep!

Reviewed 29 October 2018

Took a walk along the shingle path from Keyhaven - wild wind but fabulous views, and we were anticipating a visit to the caste but the reality fell far short of expectations. Poor signage and inadequate information meant we were never really sure of what...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Alison S
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

So sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit. Hurst Castle is a LMA site, which is managed on behalf of English Heritage by a local company. Most of the work undertaken at Hurst Castle is by volunteers and we are currently looking at...More

Reviewed 25 October 2018

Magnificent example of a Tudor naval fortification which has been adapted over the centuries as the risk of invasion changed. Well laid out and access to most areas. Incorporated into the site is a significant museum of the lighthouse service. Be warned, it is along...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Samuel P
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, so pleased to hear you had a great day out.

Reviewed 25 October 2018

After parking our car in Milford on Sea my grandson and I took a stroll to the castle which took us about an hour as he is only six,when we arrived he decided he didn't want to go into the castle so I asked the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Malcolm O
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

So sorry to hear the negative reaction you had, but our toilets are for paying guests only as we are unable to offer a public convenience to walkers as our salt water internal sewage system would not be able to cope with the numbers.

Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

We caught the ferry from Keyhaven which was a fun trip and would allow us 4 hours there, as recommended in the reviews. We paid about £6 for parking and £23 return tickets for the ferry. If we had more time we may have walked...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Great to hear you had a great day out.

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ajbentley2018
10 August 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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ddikelly
26 July 2018|
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Response from thelewisgang | Property representative |
Yes dogs are allowed on short leads - in castle and on ferry.
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milnealison6cows2018
14 July 2018|
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Response from Alby P | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, but I think they probably do. Although it's an English heritage property, it's run by the people who do the ferry service to and from the castle....To be honest it should be called Hurst Fort, rather than Castle.
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