Hurst Castle is situated at the end of a long shingle spit at the west end of the Solent where it could guard the approaches to Southampton. It was one of a chain of artillery forts that Henry VIII built to protect the south coast from a possible attack by Catholic France and Spain.
During the 19th Century the castle was refortified, and two large wing batteries were built to house heavy guns.
The castle maintained a military role through to the end of the second World War.
- 1½ mile walk on shingle spit from Milford-on-Sea. Best approached by ferry from Keyhaven.
- Hurst Castle, Hampshire SO41 0TP
- English Heritage. Open to the public. Admission fee
- For further information visit www.english-heritage.org.uk
View Larger Map