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Southsea Castle

Clarence Esplanade | Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3PA, England
44 2392 827261
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Ranked #15 of 49 attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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Poole, United Kingdom
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412 reviews 412 reviews
129 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Park there. See where Henry watched the Mary Rose go down then base a walk to Southsea from there. Great spot and lots of places to eat. And drink seaside fare

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

It's council-run so you might expect it to be soulless but it is lovingly done. My husband and I first went to the castle as a sightseeing place a couple of years ago when his parents were visiting and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. It is interesting for people who know the area because there is lots about when Portsea... More

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Interesting place, one where you can take a breath of air and soak in the atmosphere. The newish café served a good lunchtime snack & drink & the staff were welcoming.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
25 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Explore one of Henry VIII's Castles for coastal defence. Free admission! Exhibition, Shop and café on site. Its just behind the D-Day museum.

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Wales
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We haven't visited the castle for several years so it was interesting to see changes in the exhibits. I think there was more to see than when we were here 20 years ago. We ate here as everywhere was so busy on D-Day weekend and we were able to find a table inside although there is also outside seating. The... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I loved the tunnels underneath and the walking on top where the cannons were. It was a great view and a walk back in history.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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301 reviews 301 reviews
101 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Entrance is free , great sea views and historical information. Visited here on D Day celebrations and previousely. Cafe available inside. Lots of other nearby attractions to make a great day out. D Day museum, canoe Lake, Southsea common and shopping precinct. Fun fare , Clarence pub , hovercraft to Isle of Weight. Note The Pyramids is being repaired following... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Fantastic castle - bearing in mind it's completely free there were lots of side rooms filled with activities for children or videos of the history. We went round the tunnels as well as up to the roof. It kept us entertained for a couple of hours. We then walked over to the d day museum cafe for lunch. Lovely cream... More

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Piraeus, Greece
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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We had a good one at Henry s castle , it was so funny though cause we went in the afternoon and they had a champagne party . First time I go to a castle while a party is taking place . It was ok though

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Rock Gardens in Southsea are listed. The gardens were built in the early 1920's during the depression following WW1. During the Second World War the entire coastline, including the Rock Gardens, was defended with a barrier of large concrete blocks (one can be seen today at the D-Day Memorial Garden near South Parade Pier). Together with coils of barbed... More

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