Highcliffe is a Castle in name only, and was one of the many constructed in the mid-late 1800s in the so-called "Gothick" style. It is a superb building, although it only passingly tries to look Castle-like.
The Castle has spent much of the last 10 years swathed in scaffolding with great amounts of time and money being lavished to make the building usable once more. These works are rapidly approaching their conclusion - and it won't be long before we can once again enjoy this building to its fullest.
The Castle stands high above the sea and an excellent, if energetic, walk can be had from here down to the beach.
Along with Christchurch Castle and the towns of Christchurch and Bournemouth, Highcliffe Castle was shifted from Hampshire to Dorset in the re-shuffle of 1974.
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