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Southsea Castle

Clarence Esplanade | Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3PA, England
44 2392 827261
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Ranked #16 of 50 Attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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Romford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I visited the D Day Museum in Southsea and realised that Southsea Castle was right behind the museum. Very interesting visit, you can walk round the castle, plenty of information about its history and when you reach the top of the stairs find an amazing view of the Solent and the Isle of Wight.

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Hailsham, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Entry to this small Tudor castle is free, which is always a plus in my book. You can walk around the ramparts and the displays in the keep are interesting and informative. Cafe is good.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

If you only get to see one castle while your down south, then this is the one. I was surprised to find that there was no charge for entry into this amazing and informative attraction. The only thing that disappoints you when the visit is over is exactly that. I wished that it was longer. The grey walls as you... More

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Nottingham
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We enjoyed having a drink overlooking the sea and in the distance...the Isle of Wight. A bottle of prosecco (which cost about £22 per bottle) watching the sunset was special. The Castle had a good atmosphere too as it felt very chilled with a relaxed dress code. We also went for breakfast the next day which seems expensive...however, we thought... More

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gloucester
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Having travelled over from Hastings (which was very poor) I was surprised to find this lovely castle.I could not fault the attraction and the friendliness of the staff and a bonus it is free,I would of gladly paid to enter here really enjoyed the visit,thank you

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The castle is really a fort. It has a long and interesting history and the views from the top are wonderful over the Solent to the Isle of Wight.We watched the Brittany ferries sail by so close you could almost touch them. There was plenty to see, including the Hovercraft and Isle of Wight ferries. There is a cafeteria which... More

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Tasmania
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69 reviews 69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is an interesting place to visit as it has a very informative display on the defensive fortifications of portsmouth from henry viii to 1800s. We were surprised how accessible everthing was including a couple of full pieces of armour. Its not often you get an attraction like this that's free. Well worth the visit.

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Barrow upon Soar, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We just went in on way back to car, to get out of the storm It was very Interesting & free! There was a gun demo. Nice little cafe

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Buffalo, New York
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93 reviews 93 reviews
58 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We didn't know about this place but found it on the local map when we came to visit the historic dockyard area. It was really neat A nicely maintained castle with terrific views of the waterfront area. A few nice displays related to Henry VIII. There is also a very nice cafe where we picked up some treats and tea.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Whilst on our recent visit to Portsmouth we decided to go to the aquarium along Southsea Beach. However, we decided not to as our, child, was a in his words 'a bit too old'. We noticed a sign for Southsea Castle and decided to investigate. We were pleasantly surprised. Without giving out too much information. The castle was built as... More

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