Hurst Castle ferry Trip

How to get here

Hurst Castle is open. However, to visit us, you need to book your tickets in advance. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe. Once booked please bring or show you booking confirmation or PayPal receipt when visiting. Please note – corporate membership is not accepted at Hurst Castle. If you’re an English Heritage Member or Local Resident Pass holder, your ticket is free but you still need to book in advance. Your visit will be a little different – as we have made some changes to ensure everyone’s safety. Visit our Covid-19 Information Page for more details COVID-19 Information

English Heritage members-only book one ticket per person for the hour slot you arrive in.
Please do not book subsequent hours as this effects our capacity levels and admission process. Thank you.

Tickets are refundable in the event that it is necessary to close Hurst Castle at short notice.

Ferry Times

The first ferry departs to Hurst Castle at 9.45am, then approximately every 20 minutes.
The last ferry from Hurst Castle to Keyhaven is at 5.30pm.

The ferry operates daily from 4th July – 1 November.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST ALLOW AT LEAST 1 HOUR TO GET TO THE CASTLE FROM ARRIVING AT KEYHAVEN. YOUR PRE-BOOKED TIMED SLOT IS YOUR TIME TO ENTER AT THE CASTLE – YOU MUST ALLOW TIME TO WALK THE SPIT OR CATCH A FERRY.

(Ferry timetables may vary due to weather and tide conditions)

Ferry Prices

Single Fares:

Adult: £4.00
Child: £3.00
Children under 3: FREE

Return Fares:

Adult: £7.00
Child: £4.00
Children under 3: FREE

Ferry tickets can only be purchased on board the ferry on the day of your visit
or at the kiosk at the castle entrance.

Please note: following the Government announcement on 4 June that face covering use on public transport will be mandatory, we are advising passengers to wear face coverings.
As our ferries are not fully enclosed this is a recommendation only as the 2-metre social distancing rule cannot always be adhered to.
Passengers will need to supply their own face covering.

Exceptions: government guidance states that passengers with a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means they cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering will be exempt. Children under the age of 11 will also be exempt.

Thank you for your support at this time.

For the ferry, please use Keyhaven pay and display car park,  postcode SO41 0TP for satellite navigation (use this car park if planning to use ferry one way).

It is not possible to reach Hurst Castle by car. If you choose to walk to Hurst Castle, there is a pay and display car park on the seafront at Milford on Sea or at Keyhaven.

It is approximately a two mile walk along Hurst Spit to the castle from both Keyhaven and Milford on Sea car parks. Please note this is a shingle spit and sturdy footwear is advised.

For Milford on Sea pay and display car park, please use postcode SO41 0PY for satellite navigation.