Is Hurst Castle Open?
Covid-19 Update: Closed for the season. For the most up-to-date information visit their official website via the link above or view our list of Hampshire attractions.
About This Attraction
Come and discover this artillery fortress, built by Henry VIII, at the seaward end of a coastal spit offering one of the best views in England. Commanding the entrance to the Solent, its strategic location has developed the castle into a powerful fortress, steeped in centuries of military history.
From its beginnings in 1544, as one of Henry VIII’s chain of artillery defences, Hurst Castle, unusually for a Tudor castle, remained in military use until 1956, playing an active role through both world wars. On occasion it was also used as a prison, most famously in the imprisonment of Charles I in the 17th century, during the Civil War. Hurst Castle defended England from invasion threats in the 19th and 20th centuries and exhibitions around the castle will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about its long history.
With spectacular views of the Solent and the Isle of the Wight from the top of the Tudor Keep and plenty of open spaces for children to explore, it’s a great day out for the whole family. The Castle Cafe offers hot and cold drinks, homemade food and cakes. Dogs on leads are very welcome too.
Access to the castle is a leisurely ferry ride from Keyhaven (charges apply) or a 2-mile walk along Hurst Spit (please note this is a shingle spit).
2 November 2020 – 31 March 2021 Closed
1 April 2021 – 30 September 2021 daily 10.00am-5.30pm
1 October 2021 – 1 November 2021 daily 10.30am-4.00pm
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