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Highcliffe Castle

Highcliffe Category Historic Sites
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Highcliffe Castle has been described as arguably the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture, which flourished at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century.

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.


• Adults £3.45
• 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


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