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Portchester Castle

Church Road, Portchester PO16 9QW, England
02392 378291
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

Visited in March. Spent a couple of hours there (English Heritage members) when visiting the South Downs. It is located next to a marina. Great ruin/ castle. It is great for children to run around and play hide & seek. Do make the effort to climb the towers - the view from the top of the Castle is brilliant (view... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A great place to visit. The open area inside, surrounded by the Roman walls, is huge, but the actual area of the Keep is well worth paying the entry fee to see. (And take full advantage of the excellent audio guide!) The history of the castle spans the Roman period up to the Napoleonic Wars, during which prisoners of war... More

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Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Nothing to dislike save that free on-site parking is limited, so that maybe an issue. Well preserved site with lots of expalnation about its long history

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Chester, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

A ruin but you can get up to the top of the tower with excellent views over the pleasant village of Portchester, the harbour and nearby hills. The village church is inside the outer walls but freely accessible. The castle has an audio guide which is very informative and not too long winded. Public transport access is easy - bus... More

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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
46 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We were a bit group of families with children ranging from 6-12 yrs old. The grounds are great for a picnic and games but they charge an arm and a leg to go up the tower and into a small area of the castle. If they slashed the price more people would go in.

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Southampton
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Had been wanting to go here for a while, weather was good so we took a picnic, got there about 11.30am and managed to get a space quite easy, did full up quick after that as expected being a Sunday, when car park does get busy you may struggle to find a spot, it's also free to walk round the... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I have lived near Portchester Castle for nearly 40 years, and this was my first visit. Shame on me, it's been there since 276 AD, so I don't feel so bad. It is mainly free, apart from the bit owned by English Heritage, it's about £5 (as I'm an English Heritage member it was free). It is well worth that... More

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

Porchester Castle is in a beautiful spot, but best of all so much is free. You can walk around the castle and through the grounds including the beautiful Church, which also provides afternoon tea. While we did not enter the castle keep for which there is a charge, this was a lovely place to visit and take in the history... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The castle dates from the Roman times and has been altered repeatedly, leaving clues to its age from varying stoneworks. Richard II began building a palace here, though it's unlikely to have been completed during his reign and visited by him before the deposition. The keep is fascinating, and perhaps the most intact I've ever seen. Spectacular views from the... More

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Plymouth, UK
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45 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I was amazed to find this treasure was free to enter, families playing football in the grounds having picnics was such a lovely place. As a NT member we went inside and climbed the stairs to the top of the tower and what spectacular views! The audio guide was also free and very informative and fun You should visit

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