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Highcliffe Castle

Rothesay Drive
Lymington Road
BH23 4LE

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Highcliffe Castle

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult admission charge£3.50 per ticket
Entry and Guided Tour£5.95 per ticket
Season Ticket Holders Guided Tour£3.95 per ticket

Entry to the grounds only is Free.
Accompanied children under 16 are Free.
Behind the Scenes Tours: every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm, and Sunday at 11am. Booking recommended.


  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • laura l
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Lovely setting for afternoon tea
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 11th October 2017
    Lovely and relaxed. Good offering of sandwiches and cakes. The latte was good and nice feel to the place. Grounds not massive but pretty and great views from cliff top Read full review
  • Samantha P
    Trip Type:
    Car show and outside bands
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 5th October 2017
    Was actually in September of last year was a lovely afternoon me and my now husband visited and met up with friends that were displaying their car and sat in the grounds listening to the swing band... Read full review
  • hollyhutgirl
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Beautiful setting
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 2nd October 2017
    An amazing for a wedding! The castle itself is stunning and with the beach just a few steps away it’s a gorgeous spot! Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From A35 follow signs to Highcliffe. Follow brown signs and turn left into Rothesay Drive.

Public Transport Directions

Bus: Wilts & Dorset and Yellow Bus companies both stop near to Highcliffe Castle on the Lymington Road. Then a few minutes walk to the Castle entrance.

Rail: 15 mins walk from Hinton Admiral Railway Station.

Air: 20mins drive from Bournemouth Airport.

Journey planning: Contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit their website: to look up bus timetables. From 1st January 2017, calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.



  • Gift Shop

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop
  • Tea Rooms

Venue Facilities

  • Beach adajacent for photography
  • Choice of marriage rooms
  • Garden/grounds available for photography
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to pre book.
  • Late licence for evening receptions
  • Licenced for civil marriages
  • Sea views available for photography
  • Use of cake stand and knife

Key Features

  • Film or TV location
  • In town/city centre - 10 minutes walk from Highcliffe village.
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest - Grade 1 listed building, once the home of Lord Stuart de Rothesay.
  • Outdoor Attraction - access the gardens free of charge.
  • Weddings


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children - special events

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route - Wilts & Dorset bus X1 and X2 and Yellow bus 111 from the centre of Christchurch
  • On site parking - pay and display parking.
  • Parking (charge) - 5 hours maximum stay.


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Tearooms. Contact (01425) 270924
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Approx length of visit - 03:00
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Cater for groups
  • Coach drop-off point
  • Dogs Accepted - on leads, in the grounds only.
  • Event Venue - see for all event listings.
  • Licenced for civil marriages - see for comprehensive information.
  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Wi-fi available

Opening Times

2017 Opening (1 February 2017 - 31 October 2017)
Monday - Thursday11:00 - 17:00
Friday - Saturday11:00 - 16:30
Sunday11:00 - 17:00

* The Castle will be closed from 31st October 2017 until approximately mid March 2018 for restoration works.
Sunday-Thursday last admission 4.30pm.
Friday & Saturday last admission 4pm.
Occasionally, we may be closed all day due to a function. Please refer to our website for more information.


Highcliffe Castle Beach, ChristchurchBest features: A beautiful, rural, shingle and sand beach set against tree-lined cliffs.

Sunday, 29th October 2017 - Sunday, 29th October 2017

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