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Highcliffe Castle

Rothesay Drive
Lymington Road
BH23 4LE

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Aerial view of Highcliffe Castle
  • Aerial view of Highcliffe Castle
  • Inside Highcliffe Castle
  • Children's activities at Highcliffe Castle
  • Victorian kitchen at Highcliffe Castle
  • Highcliffe Castle beach
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Telephone: +44 01425 278807

Opening Times

2019 Opening (5 April 2019 - 23 December 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00

* Last admission to the Castle is one hour before closing time.
Occasionally, the Castle may be closed early or 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.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
2 Adults and two children£15.00 per ticket
5 - 16 years old£3.00 per ticket
Adult admission charge£7.00 per ticket
Seniors£6.50 per ticket
Students£6.50 per ticket
Under 5sFree

Entry to the grounds only is free.
Accompanied children under 5 are free.
Behind the Scenes Tours take place daily* at 12pm. These take in some of the unseen areas such as the wine cellar. This is an add on option at £3 for adults or £1 for children on top of the admission price.
Please be aware that car parking charges apply in addition to admission.
*Tours do not take place on Saturdays due to weddings

Telephone: +44 01425 278807



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Giveupsoon
      Should be able to mark it 0
      1 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 13th October 2019
      My husband and I made a 120 mile round trip to see Highcliffe and of all the historic buildings we have visited this has to be the biggest let down. First of all this is not by any stretch of the... Read full review
    • BournemouthChris
      Amazing afternoon Tea
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 14th October 2019
      My friend arranged an afternoon Tea for three of us yesterday, Sally did all the preparations, including balloons on the table as it was a birthday treat. All the staff were happy and attentive, the... Read full review
    • Frances G
      Winchester, United Kingdom
      A very interesting place to while away a couple of hours
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 20th October 2019
      We visited the castle to take a look at the walkway to the beach which was opened this year. It is very attractive, completely accessible, and was being enjoyed by dog walkers, joggers and... Read full review



    • Gift Shop


    • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
    • 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 - Contact on 01425 276190.
    • Printed Material in Foreign Languages - Room information available
    • Shop
    • Toilets
    • Wedding Venue

    Key Features

    • Approx length of visit - 03:00
    • 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. Direct access to Highcliffe Beach and Steamer Point Nature Reserve.
    • 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) - Car Parking charges apply. Maximum stay 4 hours.

    Payment Methods

    • All major credit cards accepted - American Express cards are not accepted.
    • Android pay accepted
    • Apple pay accepted
    • Contactless payment 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 - From 1st May 2019.
    • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - From 1st May 2019.

    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
    • Special rates for small/midweek weddings - Afternoon Tea midweek wedding packages available.
    • Use of cake stand and knife

    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.

    Journey planning: Contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit their website: to look up bus timetables. From 1st January 2019, calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

    Telephone: +44 01425 278807


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