Opening Times

Following the latest government coronavirus advice on social distancing and avoiding public gatherings, BCP Council is taking the sensible precaution to protect the public by reducing some non-essential council services. Our duty of care to residents remains our main concern, which is why we’re focusing on keeping essential services going.

Therefore the Castle will be closed from
Thursday 19 March until
Sunday 31 May 2020.

You will still be able to contact the Castle team by
T: 01425 278807

Please see our website or social media pages for regular updates

Castle Grounds

Highcliffe Castle Car Park is now closed; to gain access to the grounds, please use the side footpath gate.

The Castle grounds open at 07:00 and close at 17:00 until further notice.

The Castle grounds are open all year round.

Castle Opening Times

June 1 - October 31
The Castle is open Sunday - Thursday 10:00 - 17:00 (last admission 16:00) Guided Tours run Sunday - Thursday 12:00 (Booking advised)
November 1 - March 31
The Castle is open Saturday - Thursday 11:00 - 16:00 (last admission 15:00)
From June - October, the Castle is closed to visitors on Friday and Saturday.


Summer - April to September
Open daily at 10:00am. Close at 5:30pm
Winter - October to March
Open daily at 10:00am. Close at 4:00pm
The tearooms are having some renovation works carried out through March, this will not affect the day to day opening hours or service.

Why not take a Tour?

Our knowledgeable volunteer guides can take you behind the scenes, in areas of the Castle you will not get to see on the public route, if you upgrade your admission ticket for just £3. Tours run from Sunday – Thursday at 12 noon.*

*subject to change and availability