Henry VIII Castle
Prison of Charles I
Victorian wings housing 38 ton guns
WW2 Theatre and guns
New D-Day exhibition
Audio Guide available
Great views of the Isle of Wight
Hurst Castle is situated at the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1.5 miles from Milford-On-Sea. The end of the spit, only three-quarters of a mile from the Isle of Wight, and the views from the top of the centre keep are spectacular.
Hurst Castle was the perfect location to defend the western approach to the Solent. The castle was built by Henry VIII as one of a chain of coastal fortresses and was completed in 1544.
Charles I was imprisoned here in 1648 before being taken to London to his trial and execution.
The castle was modernised during the Napoleonic wars and again in the 1870’s when the enormous armoured wings were constructed. Two of the huge 38-ton guns installed in the 1870’s can be viewed in their casemates.
During World War II, Hurst was manned with coastal gun batteries and searchlights.
Since the castle has been opened to the public many more exhibits and exhibitions have been installed. These include the Garrison Theatre, the Trinity House lighthouse exhibition and the Association of Lighthouse Keepers' display rooms.
NEW FOR 2014:
Come and visit our new World War II D-Day exhibition detailing the importance of the local area in the largest seaborne invasion ever undertaken.
Also in July and August we have on display the New Forest National Park wartime exhibition "New Forest Remembers".
There is also a small café in the castle grounds for refreshments.
Audio Guided Tour!
Let Dennis Skillicorn (former BBC Radio Solent presenter) show you round Hurst Castle with a fascinating insight into its rich and varied history. From its origins under Henry VIII to the imprisonment of Charles I, through Napoleonic times and two world wars, you'll discover how guns and searchlights were developed and learn about the important role of lighthouses. This one and a half hour tour in 20 separate tracks is available for £2 at the entrance.
The audio Guided Tour is also available as a downloadable digital album. By clicking on the link below, you will be able to view all 20 tracks and play a sample of any track simply by selecting it and clicking the 'play' arrow. If you choose, you can then download the entire album for only £2, or an individual track for just 10p. Proceeds go towards the restoration and maintenance of the building.
Hurst Castle opening times:
Daily from April – September 10.30 am to 5.30 pm.
October Daily – 10.30 am to 4.00 pm.
Nov to March – weekends only 10.30 am to 4.00 pm.
Entry – Adult £4.50 : Child £2.60 : Senior £4.20 (season tickets available)
Friendly dogs on leads welcome.