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Highcliffe Castle: an imposing gem

Although construction began on Highcliffe Castle in 1830, some parts of it are much older, having been built using large quantities of carved medieval stonework salvaged from a Benedictine abbey. The result is an imposing Gothic revival mansion, looming above the cliffs in the small town of Highcliffe Near Christchurch in Dorset. It underwent extensive restoration in the 1990s and is now open all-year-round to the public.

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Volunteer-led tours of Highcliffe Castle offer a wealth of information about the property and its chequered history, bringing the characters who once occupied it back to life. Don’t miss a chance to take a stroll around the gardens and grounds, which are relaxing yet spectacular in design. The Castle Kitchen tea rooms are open daily except Christmas Day for those in need of refreshment.

High intensity at Highcliffe

If you’re looking for something a little more active, then tackle one of the wellbeing courses offered at Highcliffe Castle, which include pilates, yoga, training for the over 60s and a popular outdoor bootcamp. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Highcliffe Castle? Try Travelodge Christchurch Hotel, Travelodge Bournemouth Cooper Dean Hotel or Travelodge Bournemouth Hotel.