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Hurst Castle

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Good exercise if you walk or take the water taxi and ask for Harvey

Loved it, lots of history, a good cafe when you are tired. Remember they have no running water so... read more

Reviewed yesterday
sandybruce02
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Lymington, United Kingdom
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took us a while to walk to the castle which is a lot further than I anticipated, and our shoe... read more

Reviewed 3 days 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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Reviewed yesterday

Loved it, lots of history, a good cafe when you are tired. Remember they have no running water so everything even water has to be delivered

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Reviewed 3 days ago

took us a while to walk to the castle which is a lot further than I anticipated, and our shoe choice did not help with the walk on the gravel road. there is a cafe in the castle, the view on the top of the...More

Thank Jin X
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a great time visiting this attraction. It started with a fun 15 minute boat crossing in a small boat from Keyhaven. The Castle itself has two elements. The first is a Tudor era prison built on the orders of Henry VIII and said...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Disappointed that having walked across the pebbles, and with limited time to catch the ferry back, we were unable to access the cafe without paying for access to the castle. Surely a separate entrance could be arranged which would then provide additional income for the...More

Thank Derek C
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sorry this can be a frustration ,but unfortunately we are limited as to where the cafe can be located, as the castle is listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest so is protected from building adaptations.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great day out from Milford to the castle and worth the walk on the pebbles by the sea. Lots to see and take in. A much appreciated ferry on our return back to the pub! 🍺🍷

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thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best part of the day was the ferry there and back. Whilst very interesting the castle and displays really need a bit of an upgrade. It was all a little bit sad and seemed to have been the same for many years. Have visited...More

Thank Geoff S
thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sorry to hear you were a little underwhelmed but we are working to upgrade our signage and displays. Hope you can appreciate that although the castle is owned by English Heritage, it is one of their LMA sites, where is it managed by a local...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was able to park for free on the road & walked to the castle. Very enjoyable tour of the castle which the grand-children enjoyed and the caught the ferry back. "Best day of the summer holiday" was the grandchildren's verdict.

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thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Love to hear about your grandchildren's verdict, it is a perfect place for children to explore.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we visited Hampshire so decided to go to hurst Castle, I think average is being quite generous as it was fairly poor, needs a lot of tlc going in to it, whilst I understand its a castle, its still open to the public. most rooms...More

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thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your visit. We appreciate that some of the displays need upgrading and you'll be pleased to hear we are working on this. Although we are an English Heritage site, we are one of their LMAs, which means the castle...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Hurst Castle, it was very interesting, there is a café there, nice food & coffee. An enjoyable visit.

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thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Good to hear you had a great time.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took a walk along the shingle spit after walking from the village of Keyhaven and found ourselves at Hurst Castle, built in 1544 by Henry 8th its seen many changes over the centuries, its was last active as a coastal gun battery in the world...More

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thelewisgang, Manager at Hurst Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Fantastic to hear you enjoyed your visit to Hurst Castle. Hope to see you back soon!

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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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