Situated just round the corner from Dorset in neighbouring Hampshire, Hurst Castle provides a remote escape by the sea with plenty of things to see and do. Built by Henry VIII at the seaward end of a coastal spit, it was one of the most advanced artillery fortresses in England. Commanding the narrow entrance to the Solent, it offers stunning panoramic views.
The castle was used as a prison for eminent 17th century captives, including Charles I. It was later strengthened during the 19th and 20th centuries and played a role in defending the western Solent from invasion threats from the Napoleonic Wars to the Second World War.
- Climbing the steps to the first floor of the Tudor keep to see where Charles I was probably kept prisoner in 1648.
- Enjoying the spectacular views from the roof of the Tudor keep across the Needles Passage to the Isle of Wight.