Highcliffe Castle is a Grade I listed building which was built between 1831 and 1835 by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. It has been described as "the most important remaining example of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture."
The Castle was built on the site previously occupied by High Cliff, a Georgian mansion designed for the 3rd Earl of Bute (a founder of Kew Gardens), with grounds laid out by Capability Brown. The Earl's fourth son, General Sir Charles Stuart who sold the estate apart from Bure Homage, a small house on its outskirts, inherited High Cliff. All that remains of High Cliff today are the two entrance lodges, presently being used as a restaurant and some of the garden walls and features on the present estate.
This property offers free access to HHA Friends and Members during normal opening hours - please check opening times.
Off A337 Lymington road, between Christchurch and Highcliffe-on-Sea.
Visitor Opening Times
2015: 1 February – 23 December: Daily, 11am–5pm. Last admission 4.30 (4pm Friday/Saturday) some rooms may be closed for private functions – please see website or phone before visiting. Grounds: All year, daily from 7am. Closing times may vary, please check website or phone before visiting.
Limited access for coaches. Tearooms closed Christmas Day.
Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.