Highcliffe - Things to do


Highcliffe Castle

Highcliffe Castle is a Grade I listed building which was built between 1831 and 1835 by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. It has been described as "the most important remaining example
of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture

The Castle was built on the site previously occupied by High Cliff, a Georgian mansion designed for the 3rd Earl of Bute (a founder of Kew Gardens), with grounds laid out by Capability Brown. The Earl's fourth son, General Sir Charles Stuart who sold the estate apart from Bure Homage, a small house on its outskirts, inherited High Cliff. All that remains of High Cliff today are the two entrance lodges, presently being used as a restaurant and some of the garden walls and features on the present estate.

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Mudeford Quay

Mudeford is a lovely fishing village lying at the entrance to Christchurch Harbour, a great place for water-sports enthusiasts and fishermen. Several cafes and a pub provide can be found at the quay side and a bit further east lies Mudeford Cafe which is a lovely cafe on the beach overlooking the sea with veranda and sometimes evening entertainment. There is also a very good fish stall at the Quay. Mudeford Quay is very close to Highcliffe and well worth a visit.