About 50 minutes from park
Milford on Sea, Lymington SO41 0TPVisit Website
Meander down the Keyhaven River and take in an abundance of local wildlife, as well as magnificent views of the castle, with the Hurst Castle ferry ride. Here you’ll have the opportunity to spot a range of fascinating aquatic birds, as well as rare invertebrates and underwater fauna. But it’s not all about the wildlife. The ferry ride gives guests a unique view of the Tudor Keep, Needles Passage, and the Isle of Wight, as well as the haunting remains of Cliff End Battery keeping watch from the cliff top above.
Prior to the 1780s, the busy waterway by Hurst Castle was frequently the cause of wreckages. But in 1786, two lighthouses were built – one at Needles Passage and one at Hurst Spit – so sailors could see where they were going after nightfall. Nowadays, only one of the lighthouses is still functioning, continuing to serve the same important role as it has for over two centuries. Visitors can learn all about the history of these lighthouses with a fascinating exhibition managed by the Association of Lighthouse Keepers.
Venture outside of the castle and enjoy a relaxing coastal walk through the grounds. An ideal way to blow those cobwebs away, taking a stroll through the castle’s grounds is a wonderful way to view the choppy waters of the Solent, as well as the surrounding areas and, of course, the magnificent castle from afar.
It is not possible to drive right up to Hurst Castle, so if you’re planning to take the car we recommend using the pay and display car park at Milford on Sea. The postcode for your Satnav is SO41 0PY. From the car park it’s an approximately two mile walk to Hurst Castle. If you’re looking to public transport, then the X1 bus runs between central Bournemouth to Lymington and stops metres from the car park. The nearest railway station is New Milton – a 10 minute taxi ride from the car park –with services from Southampton, Bournemouth and London Waterloo stopping here.
Whilst you wait... just think about being in your swimmers, the sun's out and the smiles are big