Highcliffe Castle

Aerial shot of the illustrious castle.

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Covid-19 Update - 3/11/2020

Highcliffe Castle is now closed in line with new national restrictions. You can read the full BCP Council statement here.

The Castle Grounds are still open with catering takeaway services available.

Take a look at a range of exciting activities and resources the castle have put together for people to access whilst we stay at home.

Have you visited the Castle in the last 12 months? Do you have a moment? Please could you help us provide visitor evaluation for our latest phase of works that were funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund

Follow this link and fill out the survey to help us see what works and what we could improve.

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Welcome

Welcome to Highcliffe Castle, a family friendly visitor attraction and a stunning weddings and events venue. Which is situated on the vibrant south coast and nestled in between award winning beaches.

On your visit you will be able to step inside and immerse yourself in this magnificent building which is bursting with history and has been described as arguably the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture; its significance is recognised nationally by its Grade 1 listed status on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural and Historical Interest.

Discover the Castle

From the outside looking in the Castle looks like a fully restored building that has not suffered any damage but its story is only just beginning when you visit, step inside to discover how this wonderful building has survived two major fires and has undergone extensive restoration which enables you to walk through and explore three floors of fascinating history.

There is plenty to do for all of the family, whether you enjoy reading our interesting interpretation panels or having fun with the kids on our trails, the Castle is suitable for all ages and the average visit will take between 1-2 hours, then on site we have a tearoom facility offering snacks to full lunches and easy access to a glorious beach and a peaceful nature reserve.

Events, Exhibitions & Wellbeing

The castle features an exciting programme of events and exhibits catering for all tastes. They also offer a range of health and fitness programmes all which can be found on their website.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Ticket£7.00 per person per day
Child aged 5 - 16£3.00 per person per day
Family (2 Adults 2 Children or 1 Adult 3 Children)£15.00 per person per day

Highcliffe Castle Season Ticket Members & Historic Houses Association Members: FREE

Opening Times

Castle Opening Times (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* Castle Grounds open daily at 7:00 am and close from 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm depending on the season. More information can be found on the website.

Rothesay Drive
Lymington Road
Highcliffe
Christchurch
Dorset
BH23 4LE
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      Map & Directions

      Road Directions

      The Castle car park currently holds 100 spaces including a bay for wedding car parking which can accommodate 30 spaces and there is also a further 6 spaces for blue badge holders. During summer months this car park often becomes busy from early in the day. Alternative car parking is provided nearby at Highcliffe Cliff Top car park in Wharncliffe Road (see map) or at Steamer Point car park in Mudeford. From Steamer Point car park, Highcliffe Castle can be reached in 10 minutes by following the Coastal Path which follows a cliff top route through the nature reserve with stunning sea views of Christchurch Bay.

      Public Transport Directions

      Coach: The Castle can be accessed by coach, passengers can be dropped off at the designated Coach drop off situated at the front entrance of the Castle, and the driver would then park the coach at the Cliff Top car park, returning for the passenger departure at a pre-agreed time. The Castle offers group discounts for groups of 10 or more visitors.

       

      Bus: Visitors can board a bus in Bournemouth which is run by More Bus service on the X1 and X2 route, this route takes you through Christchurch and Highcliffe with a stop right outside the Castle next to the Lord Bute Hotel. This service runs Mon-Sat in the daytime up to every 30 mins and on Sundays every two hours.

      Yellow buses are also running a route on the 1 service running from Christchurch stopping right outside the Castle next to the Lord Bute Hotel, this service runs on variable times every hour to hour and a half. 

      Please check the bus company’s websites for up to date and correct information. 

       

      Train: Hinton Admiral Train station is located 1 mile from the Castle and from this point visitors have a 15-20 min walk to reach the Castle. The train route services a number of stations on its through journey, notably the main being London, in just under 2 hours to the Castle. Bikes can also be transported on the train and then cycle from the station.

       

      Plane: Visitors can use the local airports, Southampton and Bournemouth; visitors can use the train service linking Southampton to the local train station Hinton Admiral. At Bournemouth there are accessible links to trains and buses by taxi. 

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