Highcliffe Castle in Dorset’s Christchurch was built in 1836 and is a stunning echo of the Romantic era. The castle was the dream of Lord Stuart de Rothesay, a diplomat with a passion for Christchurch Bay and the spot that overlooks it. The mansion is Grade I listed and its cliff top position only adds to its elegance.
Highcliffe has been carefully restored in recent years, and many of its rooms are open to the public for a small admission fee. Guided tours of the castle are available every Tuesday and Sunday at 2pm, when volunteers reveal the history and secrets of the castle.
The castle has been internationally recognised on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural and Historical Interest. If you think it looks slightly older than it actually is it’s because the castle was built using medieval French stonework that was shipped over from Europe during its construction.
The building was kept in the de Rothesay family right up until the 1950s until it was badly damaged by fire and renovated by Christchurch Borough Council in the 1960s. The renovation continued right up until 1998 when public access was granted for the East Tower, the Butler’s Pantry and the State Dining Room.
Address: Rothesay Dr, Christchurch, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 4LE