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 till further notice.

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 will reopen to the public on the 13th May 2020.

The Castle grounds open at 07:00 and close at 21:00 until further notice.

The Castle grounds are open all year round.

Castle Opening Times

The Castle is currently closed due to the Coronavirus
Summer: April 1 - October 31
The Castle is usually open Sunday - Thursday 10:00 - 17:00 (last admission 16:00) Guided Tours run Sunday - Thursday 12:00 (Booking advised)
Winter: November 1 - March 31
The Castle is usually open Saturday - Thursday 11:00 - 16:00 (last admission 15:00)
Please note, the Castle is currently closed due to the Coronavirus.


Takeaway Service Only from 22 May
Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 - 15:00 and Bank Holiday Monday 11:00 - 15:00
Summer - April to September
Currently closed due to Coronavirus
Winter - October to March
Open daily at 10:00 - 16:00
From 22 May, the Castle Kitchen shall be offering a take away service only from 11:00 - 15:00 Wednesday - Sunday, and Bank Holiday Monday.

Why not take a Tour?

When the Castle re-opens 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