Explore Mr Selfridge’s Highcliffe Castle
A tour of Highcliffe Castle with a volunteer guide with an opportunity to explore the beautiful castle gardens then enjoy a proper afternoon tea from the Castle Kitchen tea shop in the Castle grounds.
Highcliffe Castle, situated on the cliffs at Highcliffe, Dorset, was built in the 1830’s for Lord Stuart de Rothesay. The Castle has been described as the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture. The castle played host to many important guests during its glittering hayday with royalty from France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Greece, Italy, Sweden and Norway visiting which amounted to six Kings, ten Queens, ten Princes and twelve Princesses visiting.
As a retreat from London Harry Gordon Selfridge, the American founder of the Selfridges department store Highcliffe Castle was a venue for socialising with the elite and Mr Selfridge hosted many famous visitors including Prime Minister William Gladstone, Dame Nellie Melba and Nancy Mitford.
For two people:
- A tour of Highcliffe Castle with a volunteer guide
- Entry to the Castle and grounds
- Afternoon tea including a freshly made sandwiches, cakes and tea or coffee
- A goody bag with ideas and further information about activities in the area, a map as well as tips and advice to help you make the most of your time in Dorset.
- This experience is available all year round – subject to availability of tours.
- This experience takes 2-3 hours.
Location: Highcliffe Castle near Christchurch, Dorset
Parking is available at the Castle.