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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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A great place to visit

A lovely castle, lots to see, good informative guides, great location, easily accessible. Also has a lovely little cafe with quite a small menu but it's all nice and very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A lovely castle, lots to see, good informative guides, great location, easily accessible. Also has a lovely little cafe with quite a small menu but it's all nice and very reasonable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

On a day trip, parked on the promenade but walked towards Portsmouth. The castle was open and free entry, with information and great views. There was even an archery activity in the moat (we didn't take part). Worth a visit whilst if you like you castles

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We were very lucky as this is very close to our hotel. Its really takes you back in time and you think of who was standing on the battlements etc. Facing out to sea on a lovely hot sunny day we enjoyed the afternoon very much.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Love visiting this place even if just for a few minutes. Eat in their cafe for the first time not only very family friendly but perfectly priced for some amazing foods. Soya milk, gluten free and dairy free options too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Was nice to pay a donation and not a set price. Lovely piece of history and lots of information dotted around

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sheffield
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

quite a few displays inside plus a small tea shop and outdoor tables situated in a sun trap this is on the seafront

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Westbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

not bad as it is free, but did think there would of been more that you could see of what life was like back them

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Towcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Fantastic view over the Solent that is constantly busy with ships, ferries and pleasure craft, all this with a historical background Henry would have recognised

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Cannock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This is an interesting place to visit with tunnels, steep stairs to the top where there is a great view and also a small museum. It is very interesting, but the best bit..... its free.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Whilst the the D Day museum we were told there is a nice cafe, as the castle is free to enter we went in. The cafe is lovely. Well worth it as the D Day museum doesn't have a cafe. The castle is ok, but there isn't anything very exciting about it. We went down into the tunnel, but again... More 

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Address: 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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