Opening Times

We look forward to welcoming you to the Castle. Opening times are below:

Highcliffe Castle provides a wonderful day out for any visitor. The Castle has come a long way from its derelict state in the 1970s and 1980s, following two devastating fires in the 1960s. But it’s not finished. Or in pristine condition. We are not your typical historic building, but we are a partially restored castle. A wonderful, unique and charming partially restored castle.

Highcliffe Castle is all about enjoyment. Whether you’re spending your big day here or treating the kids to a day out. People come to the Castle to have a great time and create fond memories.

Make a whole day of it?

  • Step inside the Castle and discover the hidden stories of those who have lived here throughout its lifetime. 
  • Explore our beautiful grounds and stroll along our sandy beach
  • Treat yourself to a little something from our Shop
  • Enjoy the stunning views across Christchurch Bay to the Isle of Wight

We look forward to meeting you soon.

For any further information please do visit FAQs or call the Castle direct Sunday-Thursday tel:01202 093377.



Castle Opening Times

Sunday - Thursday
10am - 4pm (last admission 3pm)
Friday and Saturday


Sunday - Thursday
10am - 4pm
Friday & Saturday
10am - 1pm

Castle Tea Rooms

Main Tearooms building
Closed until new operator is appointed in the autumn
Tearooms Takeaway
Run by The Cliffhanger LTD 10am-5pm (later if trade is busy on site)

Castle Grounds – Open All Year Round

Castle Grounds Opening Times:

Open daily from 07:00am. Close at 6:30pm from November to March, 7:30pm in April and October, 9:00pm in May and September, 10:00pm in June, July and August.

The gates are locked promptly in the evening, so please do leave enough time to get back to your car if you are out walking.