This magnificent Grade 1 Listed Cliff top mansion was built by Lord Stuart de Rothesay in the early 1830’s. Derelict for over two decades, the Castle is now externally fully restored, however it has not been possible to do the same with the inside. The former staterooms have lost their elaborate panelling and grand furnishings but now house the Heritage Centre you are visiting today. Within the rooms visitors can find information on the Castle’s intriguing history as well as an extensive programme of exhibitions.
We recommend that visits start in the Great Hall where there are information boards on the Castle’s history. Each room also has a black and white photograph taken by Country Life in 1942 showing what the room was like in its heyday, as well as a room information sheet. Additionally we have a dedicated team of volunteer stewards who will be happy to answer any of your questions.
Alternatively a Castle Guidebook is available to purchase which gives the full details of this intriguing building. Priced at just £3.50, the Guidebook available from the reception or Gift Shop.
Castle Information sheets are available in French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Polish and German.
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2015 Admission Charges
Accompanied Children Under 16 FREE
Highcliffe Castle Season Ticket Holders FREE
Historic Houses Association Members FREE
Guided Tour (includes admission to Heritage Centre) £5.95
Group discounts are available for parties of more than 10 people. Please contact the site for further details and a booking form 01425 278807.
The Dining Room does not form part of the normal admission but will be open when not in use.
Rooms may be closed due to exhibition change-over or events. We recommend that you phone beforehand if you are coming to visit a specific exhibition.
The Library galleries provide a magnificent backdrop for history, art and craft exhibitions. This varied programme offers something for all tastes and ages whilst promoting the best local artists.
Each year the Castle hosts an exciting programme of events that offers something for all tastes. Within the castle staterooms we offer talks, workshops, crafts fairs and evening concerts. Whereas outdoor highlights include car rallies, theatre and big band jazz and swing concerts.
Please find details of our current exhibitions and events in the What's On section
Artists interested in taking part in future exhibitions and events should contact the Exhibitions and Events Officer using the contact us section of this site.
Visit the Highcliffe Castle Gift Shop for a wonderful selection of souvenirs and gifts. Choose from a wide range of goods from honey, jewellery and toiletries to books, stationery and toys. New ranges are added throughout the season.
The Gift Shop is situated in the Castle's East Tower and is open daily from 10.30am to 5pm from the 1st of February to the 23rd December.
The Gift Shop is also open at weekends in January 2015 from 11am to 4pm.
The Gift Shop provides level access into the Castle. Once inside, the ground floor is fully accessible. A wheelchair is available for use by visitors on request and subject to availability. Please advise us in advance if you would like to use one.
Dogs are welcome in the grounds of Highcliffe Castle. We ask that they are kept on a lead at all times. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted inside the House, unless they are access-companions.
Highcliffe Castle is now featured on The Good Dog Guide website, which highlights dog-friendly attractions and venues with good walking facilities. For more information click here.
Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
Christchurch Borough Council and East Dorset District Council (The Partnership) are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, as well as protecting vulnerable adults who may be at risk of being abused or harmed. Click here for more information