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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£2.50 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.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Pamishappy
      Weymouth, United Kingdom
      Just a coffee break
      3 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 21st November 2018
      Went here for coffee - and just sat out in the gardens. Didn't view the castle. Service was slow and we had to clear a table..... drinks were fine though!!! Read full review
    • Jonathan R
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      See from the outside only
      2 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 26th December 2018
      The castle is now closed for refurbishment until February 2019... The gardens are open but there is really not much to see there... we arrived up the steps from Avon beach which was the highlight of... Read full review
    • JC-the-organiser
      Trip Type:
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 31st December 2018
      We parked for 50p for 4 hours. Visited the cafe, staff very friendly and a good menu. Toilets are clean. A stunning building and nice gardens. We walked down the steps to the beach and strolled... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Road From A35 follow signs to Highcliffe.

    Public Transport Directions

    Bus: Wilts & Dorset and Yellow Buses operate services to and from Highcliffe town centre.

    Rail: 15 minutess walk from Hinton Admiral Railway Station.

    Air: 20 minutes drive from Bournemouth Airport.



    • Gift Shop


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

    Attraction Facilities

    • Shop
    • Tea Rooms


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

    Children & Infants

    • Facilities for children - special events

    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.
    • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
    • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
    • Shop
    • Toilets
    • Wedding Venue

    Key Features

    • Approx length of visit - 03:00
    • Families
    • 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.
    • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
    • Outdoor Attraction - access the gardens free of charge.
    • Weddings

    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.

    Payment Methods

    • All major credit cards accepted
    • Delta accepted
    • Maestro accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Special group rates
    • TIC Staff Admitted Free
    • Visa accepted

    Tours and Demonstrations

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

    Travel & Trade

    • Group discounts available
    • Wi-fi available

    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

    Opening Times

    2019 Opening (1 February 2019 - 31 December 2019)
    Monday - Thursday10:30 - 16:00
    Friday10:30 - 16:00*
    Saturday11:00 - 16:00*
    Sunday10:30 - 16:00

    * The Library and Ante-Library are closed until Spring 2019.
    Last admission to the Castle is half an hour before closing time.
    Occasionally, the Castle may be closed all day due to a function. Please refer to our website for more information.
    The Castle grounds are open daily at 7am and close at: 6.30pm – November to March, 7.30pm – April and October, 9pm – May and September and 10pm – June, July and August. Entry to the grounds is free, parking charges apply.

    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


    Highcliffe Castle BeachHighcliffe Castle Beach, ChristchurchA beautiful, rural, shingle and sand beach set against tree-lined cliffs.

    The Castle Kitchen in the grounds of Highcliffe CastleThe Castle Kitchen, ChristchurchOur Tearooms are situated in the beautiful grounds of Highcliffe Castle. Enjoy a Cream Tea and a slice of homemade cake with an artisan coffee while sitting under the spreading branches of the Holme Oak trees and or take a walk to the headland and view the Isle Of Wight and the beautiful beach.

    Monday, 18th February 2019 - Friday, 22nd February 2019

    Highcliffe Castle - Half Term Trail and Activities
    more info

    Friday, 22nd March 2019 - Friday, 22nd March 2019

    An Audience with King Henry VIII
    more info

    Wednesday, 27th March 2019 - Wednesday, 27th March 2019

    Morbid Curiosities by Don't Go Into The Cellar
    more info

    Sunday, 17th March 2019 - Sunday, 17th March 2019

    The Highcliffe Castle Wedding Experience
    more info

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