New Forest

Type:Towns & Villages

Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire
Milford-on-Sea beach


Situated on the south coast with stunning views across the Isle of Wight and the Needles, Milford on Sea has an extensive beachfront that is enjoyed by water sport enthusiasts, walkers, beach lovers and swimmers. 

The centre of the village is a traditional green surrounded by lots of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, making it a thriving place to visit.

Milford on Sea is a place of natural beauty. From its vast stretch of coastline to its nature reserves and 14 acres of woodland, it’s all within easy walking distance.

There’s also a castle, harbour, water sports, shops and plenty of walks, this village has something for everyone to enjoy.

The impressive Hurst Castle, built by Henry VIII in 1644 stands magnificently on Hurst Spit for all to enjoy, while local company, The New Forest Paddle Sport Company offers Kayak and Paddle Board hire and tuition for those looking for a bit of adventure.

Milford on Sea is home to spectacular sea views towards Christchurch Harbour and the Isle of Wight. It has an extensive beachfront, with two different locations for visitors – Hordle Cliff and Hurst Road.

At Hordle Cliff, there are two main car parks for visitors – Paddy’s Gap and Hordle Cliff (sat nav: SO41 0NS) with toilets and a kiosk offering refreshments at Hordle Cliff Car Park.

The beach here is sandy at low tide, revealing a sand bar where groups gather to splash in the surf or enjoy a game of beach cricket. It is home to brightly coloured wooden beach huts and the beach is popular with swimmers, kite surfers, kayaks and paddle boarders.

Visitors also flock to Hurst Road to enjoy Milford’s vast beachfront with its new look play park, Needles Eye café and award-winning concrete beach huts. You can enjoy spectacular views from the top of the beach huts, as a walkway runs along the top, enabling you to walk its full length and enjoy views of the Solent from an elevated position. 

There are two car parks here – Hurst Road West and Hurst Road East (sat nav: SO41 0PY) – with toilet facilities and a café offering refreshments.

For a small village, Milford on Sea is also big on events. 

One of largest and most popular events is the Milford on Sea Music & Arts Festival, a four-day event that takes places in July on the village green. This festival climaxes on the Saturday night with a tribute act on the main stage, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

There’s also plenty of places for you to make your stay in Milford on Sea memorable. So whatever you decide there’s lots of options available to you, whatever your style or budget from luxurious self catering boltholes to friendly hotels and renowned holiday park, Shorefield Country Park to pop up summer campsites.

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