Following the latest government advice on social distancing and avoiding public gatherings, BCP Council is taking the sensible precaution to protect the public by reducing some non-essential council services. Highcliffe Castle will be closed from Thursday 19 March until further notice. A full list of BCP Council service closures can be found here.
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.
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.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult Ticket||£7.00 per person per day|
|Child aged 5 - 16||£3.00 per person per day|
|Family (2 Adults 3 Children or 1 Adult 3 Children)||£15.00 per person per day|
Highcliffe Castle Season Ticket Members & Historic Houses Association Members: FREE
|Castle Opening Times (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2022)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00|
* 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.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good224
- Yorkterrier01York, United KingdomVery well restoredMonday, 20th April 2020This is a Victorian castle built between 1831 and 1835 by Charles Stuart, 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay. It was badly damaged by fire and is now owned by the local council which has done a lot of... Read full review
- -_-Plane-_-nerd-_-77Winchester, United KingdomBirthday treatFriday, 8th May 2020We went to the orchid fair & show here on my birthday. Lovely setting! An old castle which has just been refurbished. Lovely wedding setting or for events with a tearoom & cheap parking onsite. Read full review
- JohnfrisbeeChristchurch, United KingdomHighlight of our lockdown walk...Tuesday, 19th May 2020During the recent weeks, our walks have often included strolls, east from Mudeford Quay, along the beach to Highcliffe Castle, then back along the cliff-top paths, especially through Steamer Point... Read full review