Calshot castle

Calshot castle

Re-opening for half term - 24 October to 1 November 2020

About the Castle

Calshot Castle was built by Henry VIII in 1539, as part of his chain of defences along the English south coast. At the time invasions were feared from the French and Spanish navies, and the Castle was built on a shingle spit close to the deep water channel at the mouth of Southampton Water.

Calshot Castle is owned by English Heritage and managed by Calshot Activities Centre.


English Heritage Members - free with valid membership card
Adult - £4
Students and OAPs - £3.50
Child (5-17 years) - £2.80
Family (2 adults + 3 children) - £10.80
Under 5’s - free


We have introduced new measures in line with the current government guidance to reduce risks relating to COVID-19.

  • Overall capacity has been reduced to allow visitors to socially distance whilst in the Castle. All children must remain adequately supervised during your visit to make sure they are following social distancing guidelines.
  • Hand sanitising facilities have been installed – please make use of these when entering and exiting the Castle.
  • We can only accept card payments for entry fees.
  • The Castle shop and toilets are closed. Please use the facilities in the Sunderland Hangar before visiting the Castle.
  • We kindly request that visitors limit their stay in the Castle to 1 hour.
  • If you are displaying any symptoms of the coronavirus, please stay at home.
  • Face coverings must be worn when visiting the Castle, as per the current government guidance.


The Castle is surrounded by a deep moat. Please park carefully and keep children under close supervision at all times due to the steep drop and risk of drowning.

Opening times

Open every day in half term between 10.30am and 4.30pm.
Lunchtime closure from 1pm to 1.30pm and last admission at 4pm.

Contact us for more information