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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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It's only a small castle. Entry is free which is a huge bonus. I enjoyed the views over the Solent and walking in the tunnels. There is a great deal of history here. The staff... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Luton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

It's only a small castle. Entry is free which is a huge bonus. I enjoyed the views over the Solent and walking in the tunnels. There is a great deal of history here. The staff knew a lot about the history of the castle too and were very friendly. There isn't much to keep you at the castle very long.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This castle is one of many that Henry VIII built for coastal defense. Admission is free & it doesn't take long to see everything. This is definately worth a look.

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Essex UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This is interesting from a historic perspective, but a little disappointing as an experience. A few photos and maps, but nothing to keep you there very long. Theyi could, and should, do more with it.

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Liss, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

An interesting step back in time, to Henry VIII castle with fabulous views across the Solent, duck when you enter the .

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Lovely little castle, interesting history, good cafe and shop. Very helpful staff and it seems to be a very popular wedding venue as well. Steeped in history.

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The castle is part of a network of castles built along the south coast by Henry VIII. It is not a major site but does occupy a fine location on the seafront. It is free to visit but only open April to Oct. The focus of the displays is about the people who actually lived in the castle (soldiers, lighthouse... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Pop in, it's free. Great sea views, free entry and free to roam through the tunnels and explore the castle. Go up to get the best views of the sea, Isle of Wight and inland and go down to get the tunnels and midway to get the local history. If you're exhausted after all that take a break in the... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This is a small but nevertheless very interesting castle dating from Henry VIII, but used up through WW2. You can walk the ramparts, see the cannons, learn about the history of the place in the Keep and enjoy amazing food at the excellent cafeteria which has both an indoor and an outdoor space. We had full English breakfasts at 10.30... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

but if youve seen other castles, this is a so so castle one. Its old and you can see it from the outside. And thats all.

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Stone, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Small but interesting! Lot's of information on the history of the castle, Henry VIII etc.... Right on the front so great views of the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. Free entry so great for families!

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Address: Clarence Esplanade | Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3PA, England
Phone Number: +44 23 9282 6722
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Portsmouth

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