Hurst Castle

Hurst Castle, Milford on Sea: Hours, Address, Hurst Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Hurst Castle
4.5
Military Museums • Historic Sites • Lighthouses • Castles • Ferries
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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 the site where Charles I was imprisoned in 1648 before being taken to his trial and execution in London. The castle was modernised during the Napoleonic wars and again in the 1870s when the enormous armoured wings were added, making it the largest coastal fort in the world. Two of the huge 38-ton guns installed in the 1870s can be viewed in their casemates together with other weapons developed through 412 years of military use. During World War II, Hurst was manned with coastal gun batteries and searchlights. You can get to Hurst Castle by ferry from Keyhaven Quay (sat nav postcode: SO41 0TP) or you can walk along the shingle Hurst Spit.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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TauntonBob
West Parley, UK761 contributions
Plenty to see
Jun 2021
We took the walk along the Spit. It is quite deceptive. It is said to be a mile and a half, but it certainly seemed longer than that! We expected to do the walk in about 30 minutes but it took nearer 45 minutes, and we were not walking slowly.

Plenty still to see at the Castle, despite the two wings being closed. I would allow at least a couple of hours to do it justice.

We took the ferry back to Keyhaven. A nice little ride on the water, and the walking back to the car was much, much easier!
Written 19 June 2021
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Googly2010
Tonbridge, UK696 contributions
Still enjoyable despite the closure of many areas
Jun 2021
On a glorious summer’s day we thoroughly enjoyed our visit, taking the Keyhaven ferry both ways which added great charm to our visit. Although large parts of the Castle are closed while storm repairs are completed, there is still plenty to see and good views across to the Isle of Wight and the Needles.
Written 17 June 2021
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Robert F
14 contributions
Would recommend if you like this sort of thing!
Jun 2021
Would have rated higher if more of the castle was open but due to conservation works a large proportion was off-limits.
The walk was worthwhile but shingle is not easy walking. We got the ferry back then a shorter walk to our starting point.
The staff at the castle were excellent; really friendly and helpful.
Written 16 June 2021
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Graham G
Northampton, UK9 contributions
Lose track of time
Oct 2020
Had a lovely visit here on a random day trip out. The walk over the solent way was lovely, if a little windy! Spent a good few hours at Hurst Castle just meandering around and soaking up the history. Well worth a visit.
Written 14 June 2021
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Thank you for visiting and your review. So glad you enjoyed your visit to the castle. Many thanks.
Written 16 June 2021
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Lorraine B
Norwich, UK34 contributions
Great views
Jun 2021
We walked along the shingle spit from Milford on Sea (takes a good 30 mins, wear sturdy footwear) to the castle. The staff were really friendly and we could take our dogs in. One-way system due to Covid a bit awkward, and part of the castle closed for repairs, but worth (reduced price while works ongoing) entry for the views. We then took the ferry to Keyhaven which was lovely and good value.
Written 14 June 2021
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Thank you for your review. Yes we currently have to close the east and west wings whilst repair and conservation work is ongoing, but as you say the admission price has been reduced accordingly. Covid guidelines required us to introduce a one-way system, and we have increased the signage since your review. Thanks for visiting Hurst Castle.
Written 16 June 2021
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Karen C
2 contributions
Boat trip and castle
Jun 2021 • Couples
Really friendly experience, for both us and our dogs. The ferry pilots were welcoming and helpful. The dogs enjoyed the boat ride. Part of the castle was closed but the price was adjusted accordingly. Could do with more explanation boards but generally interesting. Dogs could go everywhere. Plenty of sanitising points.
Written 10 June 2021
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Thank you for your great review. Well behaved dogs are always welcome at the castle and on the ferry, glad they enjoyed the ride!
Written 16 June 2021
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Karen S
1 contribution
Lovely old man running the ferry
Jun 2021 • Friends
What a lovely old man who took us over on the cadtle ferry. A real gem and a gentleman. He made our day.
Written 9 June 2021
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Thank you for your lovely review, which we will pass on to Bob - known affectionately as 'Grandad Bob' to the team. He is a fantastic skipper who always has a smile to share and a story to tell!
Written 16 June 2021
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peterwV975TL
Malaga, Spain905 contributions
A difficult walking surface all the way.
Apr 2021 • Couples
Great views across the Solent to the IOW but hard underfoot and not an easy walking surface across the heavy gravel. My wife, having had knee replacement surgery, does struggle and whilst we take it easy we have never quite reached the castle from the Hurst Road Car Park. Just a little too far.

It can be very breezy, and at this time of year, there is quite a bite in the wind so be prepared.

Written 7 May 2021
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Thank you for your review. Our ferry service is available 7 days a week from Keyhaven, it's a great way to see the Keyhaven river and discover the castle. We hope to see you on board soon.
Written 26 May 2021
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George M
185 contributions
Great Ferry Service
May 2021 • Couples
We often walk from Keyhaven to lymington but went the opposite direction today and walked to Hurst Castle . The walk can be a bit tricky on the stones so we decided to take the ferry back . Great service from the skipper - polite very Covid safe aware and very understanding of couple who took their dog on a boat for first time .
Thank you
Written 2 May 2021
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Thank you for your review, our skippers are an added treat to a lovely trip down Keyhaven river. Hope to see you again soon.
Written 26 May 2021
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mandy s
New Forest, UK110 contributions
The best flap jack- ever?
May 2021 • Friends
As the castle is sadly closed, the cafe has moved to a horse box outside. Alex is still cooking and makes the best flapjack- ever! Really, and I have tasted a few.
Walk the spit or get the little ferry- just to taste Alex’s castle made cakes. Fit for a king!
Written 1 May 2021
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Thank you for your kind words about Alex's flapjack! We will pass on your comments. Hope to see you again soon.
Written 26 May 2021
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