Hurst Castle | A Visitor's & Local's Guide

Experience the military might of this fortress by the sea

Come and discover this artillery fortress built by Henry VIII at the seaward end of a coastal spit. Commanding the entrance to the Solent, it offers one of the best views in England. It played a part in the imprisonment of Charles I in the 17th century and defended England from invasion threats in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Castle

Learn about it's fascinating history; with an audio tour to help you navigate, fantastic views of the Isle of Wight from the top of the Tudor keep and plenty of open spaces for the children to explore, it's a great day out for the whole family!


It is not posible to reach the castle by car.  There is a regular ferry service from Keyhaven operating from April until the end of October. (public car park opposite The Gun pub in Keyhaven). Or you can walk about a mile along the shingle spit to the castle choosing either to park in Keyhaven or Milford.

Hurst Castle, Hampshire, SO41 0TP

01590 642344

Good to know

  • Tickets can be bought online, at the entrance or from the Hurst Marine Shop located in the centre of the village in Milford on Sea
  • The café only accepts cash, but cash back can be received when paying your entry fee.
  • A Local Resident Annual Pass is available for people living locally to Hurst Castle.
  • Friendly dogs welcome on a lead.
  • Fun activities usually run during school holidays for children!

Opening times & prices

Generally the castle is open end of March to the end of October and weekends only in the winter season depending on the weather.

1 April 2019 - 30 September 2019 (daily)            10.30am - 5.30pm

1 October 2019 - 1 November 2019 (daily)         10.30am - 4pm

2 November 2019 - 31 March 2020                     Closed

Winter weekend only opening, weather dependent. Cafe is closed in the winter.

Adult: £5.50

Concession: £5.00

Child: £3.50

Family (2 adults & 3 children): £17.00

For up to date information on opening times and prices it is best to visit the Hurst Castle website.

Facilities and leaflet