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Highcliffe Castle is a Grade I listed mansion built in the romantic gothic style. It was built by Lord Stuart de Rothesay in the early 1830s and remained a family home until the 1950s. It is situated on the cliff top with beach access and spectacular views across to the Isle of Wight.

Two devastating fires in the 1960’s rendered the building derelict. In 1977 it was purchased by Christchurch Borough Council and a programme of repairs was begun with the support of English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Spring 2019 will see the completion of stage 7 of restoration works meaning the East Wing will be open to the public for the first time. New interpretation and displays will bring the story of the castle to life and additional spaces will include an archive room, a furniture exhibition space and an education room.

Today’s opening hours

From spring 2019:

10.00am - 5.00pm (April – October) 

(last paying admission one hour before close time)


Opening hours:

From spring 2019:

10.00am - 5.00pm (April – October) 
10.00am - 4.00pm October – March) 
(last paying admission one hour before close time).

Find Us
Find us

Situated off the A337, the Lymington Road, West of Highcliffe.

Public Transport:
Train: Hinton Admiral Station (1 mile)
Buses: X1 X2 (not direct to the Castle, nearest stop on the Lymington Road near the Lord Bute Hotel)
Coaches: Coach Parties welcome by appointment.
Please ring for details of group discounts and parking arrangements.

  • Offers bike storage

  • There is a charge for parking.
Pay and display. Maximum stay 4 hours.
Limited spaces. Alternative parking (approx 20
minute walk) at the cliff top.
2018 prices
1 hour £1.30
2 hour £2.30
3 hours £3.80
4 hours £5.60
May be subject to change from spring 2019

  • Accessible toilets
  • Available lift
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
Group Visits

Our volunteer led guided tours and talks will enhance your visit, giving you behind the scenes stories and facts about the castle and its hidden heritage. The guides will show you the unrestored areas* uncovering the hidden history of the Castle, bringing its rich heritage alive.

Tours and talks last approximately 1 hour.

Guided tours include tour and entry at £5.95 per person.
Season Ticket Holders are £3.95.

Things to See

Fun Facts
Highcliffe Castle has played host to many important historical figures. Perhaps most notable was The future King Edward V11 who first paid a visit in 1880 with the future Queen Alexandra and their two sons and three daughters. They arrived on the royal yacht Osborne. The castle also became home to Harry Gordon Selfridge who rented it from 1916 to 1922 as a country residence for his family. He was a very wealthy man at the time and lavished many thousands on the castle's upkeep and added bathrooms and other 'modern luxuries'.


Our dedicated Wedding Team organise and run over 150 magical days every year. Ceremonies and receptions are held in the romantic rooms of this historic castle, opening out into the exquisitely landscaped grounds. We have prices and packages to suit a variety of budgets. With prices starting at £840 why not get in touch and make your dream’s a reality?


  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking

“There are simply no words to describe how grateful we are to you and all the staff involved in our daughters wedding on Saturday …. the most perfect day imaginable”

“Every single thing about the day was magical. Everyone adored the venue, it is truly stunning.”

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Are you hosting an important event? Are you looking for a unique venue for a company away day? With our half day package including breakfast pastries for just £20 per delegate or £40 for a full day including lunch, we have the perfect setting and a great price for you to impress your clients, staff or team.

Our cliff top location, beautiful wooded grounds and stunning beach make us the perfect get away to cultivate creativity, motivation and relationships within your business or department.

Just 1 hour 45 minutes from London, Highcliffe Castle has an experienced, passionate team who will dedicate themselves to design, organise and host your day. Whether a red carpeted awards dinner or activity filled team building day, our team will be on hand to ensure your business gets the most of its time at the castle.

Why choose Highcliffe Castle?

  • A choice of Grade 1 listed rooms
  • Outstanding catering and refreshments for a variety of budgets
  • The latest technology for presentations including superfast WiFi
  • 1 hour 50 minutes direct train link from London Waterloo
  • Free reserved car parking for your delegates


  • Wifi
  • Plentiful parking
  • Projector and screen
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets