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Ferry to Hurst Castle from Keyhaven Quay in Hampshire

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Hurst Castle is situated at the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1 mile from Milford-On-Sea. The views of ships passing by are spectacular and the end of the spit is only 3/4 from the Isle of Wight.

This was the perfect site for defence of the western approach to the solent.

The Castle was one of the chain of coastal fortresses built by Henry VIII and completed inleted in 1544. The protection of the solent by Henry VII was vital for the stretch of water gave access to Portsmouth and Southampton. Important ports Calshot and Hurst Castle were strategically situated for their protection. Calshot was sited on a shingle spit close to the deep water channel at the mouth of Southampton Water. Although one of the smaller forts he built its three-storey keep and outer curtain wall gave it full command of its position.

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 1870s when the enormous armoured wings were constructed. Two of the huge 38-ton guns installed in the 1970s can still be viewed in their casemates.

During World War II, Hurst was manned with coastal gun batteries and searchlights.

There is a small cafe in the castle grounds for refreshments.

Contact details

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telephone: 01590 642500
address:  Near Milford on Sea
SO41 0TP

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Opening Times

Ferry open daily

Ferries approx every 20 mins from Keyhaven and Hurst.

First ferry 1000 from Keyhaven and last boat 1730 from Hurst.

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Returns - Adults 5.50; Child 3.00
Singles - Adult 3.50; Child 2.00

Friendly dogs on leads welcome

Water Taxi

A water taxi licensed for 12 passengers in the Solent and available for transport to yachts, sightseeing, bird watching and other water taxi services in the west Solent.

Water taxi enquiries: 07766 310751 | 07802 503678

Open weekends only during winter months, weather permitting, 10.30am - 4.00pm.
The Castle will not be open for Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

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