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Address: Clarence Esplanade | Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3PA, England
Phone Number: +44 23 9282 6722
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Description: Built in 1544, the Castle was part of a series of fortifications...
Built in 1544, the Castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by Henry VIII around England's coasts to protect the country from invaders. Barely was the work completed when Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose, tragically sank in front of the Castle. During the English Civil War, nearly a century later, the Castle was captured for the only time in its history, by Parliamentarian forces. Over the centuries, Southsea Castle's defences were strengthened so that it could continue to protect Portsmouth. In the 19th Century a tunnel was built to defend the Castle moat. Visitors can still enter the tunnel and see how the Castle would have been defended against invaders. The Castle has had many other uses besides defence. For a while it was a military prison. A lighthouse was built in the 1820s, and is still in use by shipping today. In 1960 the Castle left military service. It was acquired by Portsmouth City Council, which restored the Castle to its 19th century appearance.
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Following in the footsteps of Henry the 8th. The building is free to walk around and interesting and worth the extra distance from the old harbour.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Following in the footsteps of Henry the 8th. The building is free to walk around and interesting and worth the extra distance from the old harbour.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We have been here many times, usually when we have family to visit. There is a museum which is very interesting, a lovely cafe. They hold weddings here, but you are still allowed entrance even so.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Back in the days of War this and War that, the Southsea Bronx Castle was formed and created to protect the Southsea Massive! Representing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This castle is very different to other castles. I have been here twice and enjoyed it better the first time. The first time, was around 10 years ago.. I went on a school trip and it was a very good day out that also, was very fascinating too.. As gained lots of historical information about Southsea castle, by the tour... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It is wonderful to see all the old places being restored. This site is a credit full of interesting information and very well preserved

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Located on Southsea front. This castle is unusual in the way it is built , not with concentric towers like most of his other castles. It is a very interesting castle in many respects. Alot is undercover, so it can be visited on a miserable day -but much better on a warm day where its sheltered inner courtyard can be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I enjoyed this castle for a few reasons: it's free, it has great historical references and it has been looked after quite well. It's not the prettiest castle in the world, but it has served the area well throughout history and reflects on the importance of Portsmouth. Well worth a bimble inside.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I went to Southsea Castle in the summer its a nice place to visit , You can go into a little room where they tell you about the castle , it has a cafe that is very quaint , in the summer on a sunday there is a BBQ reasonably priced , then you can go up to the battlements... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The castle has been free entre for a while now. The views across the Solent are excellent. You can have access to most parts but only if you are able to go up and downstairs and have the stamina to do this. Unfortunately not wheelchair friendly so you would have to content yourself with the courtyard and a cup of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Very interesting place, does not take long to see but as it is free, well worth a visit. lovely setting and walk around the area

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