About 31 minutes from park
Rothesay Dr, Highcliffe BH23 4LEVisit Website
Situated atop the rocky outcrops of Highcliffe-on-Sea, Highcliffe Castle has been a fixture of the Dorset countryside for centuries. Built sometime between 1831 and 1835 by Baron Charles Stuart, the castle’s magnificent gothic architecture and exquisite grounds are a sight to behold. With a fascinating guided tour, a variety of intriguing exhibitions, and some fun and educational activities for kids thrown in the mix, Highcliffe castle is a great day out for the whole family.
Highcliffe Castle Tour Discover Highcliffe Castle in all its glory by embarking on a guided tour. The Highcliffe tour guides all really know their stuff when it comes to the history of the castle and its grounds, so this is a great way to delve into the detail of this landmark and learn the stories from within the walls. If you fancy yourself as a bit of an adventure-seeker, members of the guided tours get the opportunity to go behind the scenes to see some of the oldest unrestored parts of the castle, which are usually restricted to the wider public.
Highcliffe Castle Café
Famous across the local area for its mouth-watering cakes and coffees, Highcliffe Castle Kitchen is the perfect place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a selection of freshly-prepared hot and cold snacks and beverages. For a traditional treat, the café’s afternoon tea ticks all the boxes. With a tempting selection of sandwiches, cakes, and freshly-brewed Dorset Tea, it’s a great way to make your visit to the castle that little bit more magical. The café is open daily from 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Highcliffe Castle Shop
After you’ve finished exploring the castle, visit the shop to grab yourself a souvenir or two! From locally produced jams and preserves to printed scarves and stationery, there’s something for everyone – and you might even pick up the perfect gift for someone special. Or for those difficult-to-buy-for friends, the shop sells a selection of Highcliffe Castle gift vouchers.
Highcliffe castle is situated at the eastern edges of Christchurch, a stone’s throw from Avon Beach. The castle has its own car park, which is easily accessible by the A337. The postcode for Satnav users is BH23 4LE. If you’re looking to public transport, then the 1A bus service stops just outside the grounds and runs between central Bournemouth and New Milton. The closest railway station to Highcliffe Castle is Hinton Admiral Station, which is just one mile away, making for a 20 minute walk or just a few minutes in a taxi. This stop is served by trains from both Bournemouth and Southampton.
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