Highcliffe Castle is a Grade I listed building which was built between 1831 and 1835 by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. It has been described as "the most important remaining example of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture."
The Castle was built on the site previously occupied by High Cliff, a Georgian mansion designed for the 3rd Earl of Bute (a founder of Kew Gardens), with grounds laid out by Capability Brown. The Earl's fourth son, General Sir Charles Stuart who sold the estate apart from Bure Homage, a small house on its outskirts, inherited High Cliff. All that remains of High Cliff today are the two entrance lodges, presently being used as a restaurant and some of the garden walls and features on the present estate.
The castle is open daily from 1st February- 23rd December, inside the Castle there are 5 partially restored staterooms housing a gift shop, visitor centre and galleries featuring a changing programme of exhibitions. Guided tours* of the un-restored parts of the building run at 2pm every Sunday and Tuesday until July 2007**. Guided tours can be pre-booked for groups (minimum 10 people) at other times. An enthusiastic and dedicated team of over 70 people from the local community staff the Castle and are on hand to answer your questions about the Castle and it's chequered history.
Children (accompanied under 16): Free
1st February - 23 December
11am - 5pm
The Grounds of Highcliffe Castle are open to the public free of charge all year round
Members of Mandy who have worked for Highcliffe Castle