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Portchester Castle

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Fabulous for the whole family

A giant Roman fort, with the best preserved walls and features anywhere in northern Europe... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Amazing place to visit

This has been on my bucket list for years and did not disappoint. A really large space that you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Church Lane, Portchester PO16 9QW, England
+44 23 9237 8291
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All reviews english heritage roman walls audio guide within the walls st mary's church portsmouth harbour spiral stairs roman times tea room napoleonic wars worth the climb old church free audio worth a visit tea shop lovely place to visit nice walk
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A giant Roman fort, with the best preserved walls and features anywhere in northern Europe. Integrated into the walls is a Norman keep and mediaeval palace features including vast kitchens and sleeping quarters, as well as a feasting hall built for Richard II. The historical...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Paddy_Brit
Reviewed 1 week ago

This has been on my bucket list for years and did not disappoint. A really large space that you can explore freely and ideal for walks or bringing the family to let off steam or just have a picnic. We were happy to then pay...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a happy couple of hours here. The castle is well preserved and there is an excellent free audio tour available in the shop. So much history in this castle, it is well worth a diversion. Do go up to the roof if it is...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 974andyp
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great old castle. Fabulous views from the top of the Keep, and stunning murals painted by prisoners. the theatre and its history are amazing, as is the Church (and tea rooms!) and the views from outside the walls. Be warned - it is...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Nicki B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing views to be had at the top of The Keep, especially on a clear and sunny day. Great history to be discovered at this Castle. Recommend you listen to the history from audio provided by EH. Lovely church to visit too for a nice...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank jhayes62
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's not just a castle here, which was nice to walk around. There's a church to visit, and plenty of nice walks or fields to walk around or play with the family. We spent nearly 4 hours here but could have spent longer here. Would...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank adrianrM7277DU
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This must have been a massive castle, certainly the site covers a huge area. Lovely walks around the exterior with views across the harbour. Also lovely grounds, ideal for a picnic or just for children to run about. The good weather was a bonus! Parking...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Barbara1407
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's a lovely walk around the castle (you can download a map from the Fareham Borough Council website - walk 5) which takes about 40-60 minutes. There are a good number of benches to the east of the castle and looking south where you can...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank RetiredBritz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately the actual building was closed but the grounds were beautiful to walk round. Free car parking and a good couple of hours filled. The playground looks as though its just finishing being refurbished but will be great when done. nice areas to sit and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jwillia
Reviewed March 18, 2019

History from Roman to Tudor times Plenty of grounds around outside of castle for a picnic and for the children to play Great views over the estuary Parking can be a problem

Date of experience: March 2019
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January 19, 2019|
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Response from Michael T | Reviewed this property |
There's always a mobile catering van in the car park and there is a pub (the cormorant nearby).
George A
April 22, 2018|
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Response from Debs L | Reviewed this property |
Yes on the ground floor and grass, but after that no. There are lots of ruins and steps.
Louisa D
March 30, 2018|
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Response from squad657 | Reviewed this property |
Yes of course. You can visit the dungeons ,climb the steps to the tower. You might also want to go to the tourture chambers and see what it was like for prisoners. Hope this helps. Its a two thousand year old castle and fort... More