Is Hurst Castle Open?
Covid-19 Update: Henry VIII’s Tudor castle will be opening to visitors from 29th May to explore daily. The Victorian east and west wings remain closed while English Heritage’s conservation and repair work is ongoing, with the entrance fee reduced accordingly.
In February 2021, a section of wall on the 19th-century east wing of the castle collapsed, after the sea exposed and undercut its foundations. English Heritage is now coordinating a major project to protect and bring stability to this part of the castle.
Whilst English Heritage’s conservation and repair work is ongoing, we look forward to welcoming you back to the Tudor castle built by Henry VIII. A visit to Hurst Castle is one of the best days out in the New Forest with plenty of open space for children to explore and fantastic views of the Isle of Wight. It is a must for visitors to this area.
For the most up-to-date information visit their official website via the link above.
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.
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 ‘Hurst Mess’ takeaway 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).
29th May – 30 September (daily) – 10.00am-5.30pm
1st October – 31st October (daily) – 10.00am-4.00pm
1st November – 31st March (winter weekend opening, weather dependent) – Please call for details
Child (5-17 yrs):
English Heritage members & Child under 5: