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Hurst Castle

A seafront artillery fort built by Henry VIII

A fun day out for the whole family. Discover the history of this artillery fortress located along Hurst Spit, in the south of the New Forest.

Built as a coastal defence in the 16th Century, Hurst Castle is a stunning piece of English heritage and a great day out for anyone. To this day it remains full of history, character and charm and is well worth a visit on your next trip to the South Coast.

Set on the shingled shores of Hurst Spit, there is always something new to discover. Whether you choose to enjoy the scenic views from the top of the castle or uncover the stories behind the historical figures who roamed within.

Thinking of visiting? Both Shorefield Country Park and Lytton Lawn Touring Park are less than 10 minutes away and provide the perfect location for your adventure.

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  • 16th century artillery fort and Tudor castle
  • Dogs welcome
  • Regular activities and themed events
  • Less than a 10-minute drive from Shorefield Country Park and Lytton Lawn Touring Park
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What can you discover at Hurst Castle?

Artillery Fort

Artillery Fort

The Tudor Fort was built between 1541 and 1544.

Hurst Castle played a key role in England’s defences during the 16th century and was one of the most advanced artillery fortresses at the time. The fort retains much of its original features to this day, including a two-storey gun tower and a portcullis.

  • 16th Century sea defence
  • Spectacular views from the top of the Tudor Keep
Hurst Castle Aerial View Solent

The fort is on the shores of the Solent

Castle Turret Sea Defense

Discover the history of Hurst Castle

Scenic Coastal Walks

Scenic Coastal Walks

Enjoy stunning views along Hurst Spit, overlooking the Isle of Wight and the Solent.

A little under 1.5 miles, the walk from one end of the spit to the other takes around 30 minutes, giving you plenty of time to breathe in the scenery. The walk to Hurst Castle is best enjoyed on a sunny day, providing spectacular views of the Needles Passage, across to the Isle of Wight. Watch the yachts and sailing boats go by on your journey to the castle and feel a million miles away…

  • Views of the Solent and Needles
  • Shingled walk
  • 1.4 miles distance (around a 30-minute walk)

Views of The Needles from Hurst Spit


Hurst Castle is set on the shingled shoreline


Explore Keyhaven Marshes and enjoy some crabbing

The Hurst Castle Ferry

The Hurst Castle Ferry

Catch a leisurely ride from Keyhaven.

If you prefer to take it easy, you can catch the ferry over to Hurst Castle. It’s a must-do for anyone visiting the castle and the perfect way to either kick off or finish your historical adventure.

  • Dogs ride the ferry for free
  • Journey through Keyhaven marshes – a haven for wildlife
  • Available in the summer months
Hurst Lighthouse Solent Ferry

Ride the ferry from Keyhaven to Hurst Castle in summer

Hurst Castle Ferry Visitors Jetty

Single or return tickets available

Hurst Castle Ferry Visitors

Regular journeys to and from the fort

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