Highcliffe Castle Dorset

Highcliffe Castle


Highcliffe Castle occupies a stunning location on the Clifftop above Highcliffe Beach. It dates back to the early 1800s and is widely considered the most important surviving house of the Romantic style of architecture. Two fires have ravaged the interior during its lifetime, which unfortunately caused much of the opulent furniture and artworks to be destroyed. A team of dedicated craftsman have worked hard to restore the building to its former glory, with huge repair work taking place in recent years.

The jewel in the castle’s crown is the decorative 30ft stained glass window in the Great Hall.

Knowledgeable volunteers

A team of knowledgable volunteers will be there to greet you on arrival. They will show you around the various public rooms and give you insight into the families that have lived there over the years. Through interactive demonstrations and exhibits they’ll bring to life the stories of previous residents. There’s also period dressing up closes, arts and crafts to keep younger children entertained.

Stunning grounds

The grounds surrounding the castle are immaculately maintained and ideally suited to groups looking to enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors. Spread out on the pristine lawns and enjoy delicious food and drink as you soak up the sun and enjoy quality time with family and friends. Highcliffe boast panoramic views of Christchurch Bay and has direct access to the beach, if you fancy taking a dip during your day out. Steamer Point Nature Reserve and Mudeford are both within easy reach.

Take a look at the castle’s website for more information on their exciting events programme. A number of exhibitions take place over the course of the summer as well as popular outdoor theatre events.

Tasty tearooms

If you’re feeling peckish during your visit, we highly recommend popping in the on-site tea rooms. A selection of hot and cold drinks are available as well as light bites and homemade cakes.

Attraction information

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