Portchester Castle

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Portchester Castle
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Ann C
Nashville, TN2,737 contributions
We were pleasantly surprised with our stop at Portchester castle as it is well preserved. Its location is lovely/view from the top is impressive!
You can walk around the castle for free, and if your on a budget, it will not disappoint. We did find that entering is well worth paying the admission fee of 9/10£ (10 with donation/9 without).

Paid parking right outside the castle. A public restroom is located at the parking area, no soap or toilet paper at the time of our visit.
Written August 1, 2022
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Ronnie
Hampshire, UK7 contributions
Family
We visited Portchester Castle with our four children - There was a car park just outside, this was quite small and luckily there were spaces available at the time..I didn’t notice any other car parking? But then I suppose I wasn’t on the look out as such. But could be an issue if that one was full. On entry into the castle grounds there is a huge green area, with lovely food trucks set up selling hot drinks and snacks. This area was taken up by families having picnics, children playing sports, dog walkers - and it is overlooked by the entire castle. This part is free to get in to so a lovely spot even if you didn’t visit the castle itself. Coming into the castle you walk across the moat and you’re surrounded by the castle walls which is visually so impressive. Entry is via the gift shop (which had some really great gifts and treats on sale at a reasonable price) Free audio guides are available too. Outside, there is a courtyard and the ruins of the castle, lots of information stands giving the history of each area. The tower is well preserved and was our most favourite part - We love to find castles that still have the typical spiral stair case preserved and in use for the public, just as Portchester does. The very top of the stairs leads to the castle roof with incredible views across Portsmouth & the Solent. Inside there is a number of different levels to explore and things to see including genuine artefacts etc. Brilliant visit for both children and adults and one we will definitely come back to!
Written May 3, 2022
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Judith C
Guildford, UK41 contributions
Free access to the castle grounds - you only pay to go into the keep. Free parking when we visited (pay machines had been removed). Good range of snacks in the cafe in St Mary's church (inside the castle grounds) including vegan options, cream teas, soup, toasted sandwiches, range of cakes, etc, all at very good prices. We had home made vegetable soup and a roll, a toasted brie and bacon panini, a coffee and an apple juice and it was only £8.26! The service was very friendly. There was a marquee to sit outside under cover or space to sit inside. The little church was also worth a look and the walk around the outside of the castle wall provided wonderful views across the water. Nice clean toilet block by the car park. Plenty of grass areas for picnicking. Well worth a visit.
Written June 25, 2021
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Helen J
West Sussex, UK472 contributions
The castle is a English Heritage property. If you aren’t fussed about going into the castle itself, you can walk around the outside for free. You will often encounter groups having picnics here.

There are two car parks. The smaller used to be free (or so I thought) but when we visited last week it was chargeable. The second car park is on the other side of the road. It costs the same to park there (we checked) and is altogether more spacious. You’ll find that car park on the left as you approach the castle.

The castle has a number of ‘rooms’. The main element is a tower. You can climb up. There’s a small museum/number of exhibits. We were greeted by an enthusiastic guide who was lovely, but a little tricky to shake off.

Views across the harbour are always worth a few minutes of your time (and Portchester provides an olde worlde view from the tower). Toilets are in the main car park (not the best!) and the regular ice cream van provides an excellent soft scoop.

If you are visiting Portsmouth too, look out for the view of this castle when travelling down the M275.
Written August 12, 2022
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Caragh M
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It was a fairly miserable trip to be honest. We booked tickets and paid to see inside the castle building itself, but on arriving, there were probably ten times as many people trying to park as there were spaces, and there were no spaces at all on any nearby roads. Had we known parking would be so difficult, we would have allowed ourselves more time between arriving and when we booked to go in. Many people were parking on single yellow lines or making their own spaces and were receiving parking tickets. We parked partially in a coach space (as there are no coach trips happening at the moment for obvious reasons) and we also received a parking ticket. I saw a disabled couple trying to argue their ticket with the attendant and getting no where, so we didn't bother.

I feel quite aggrieved as we put money into the attraction by paying to see inside the building whereas I'm sure many people were there simply to have a picnic, which is absolutely fine, but I can't help but feel there should be an alloted number of parking spaces kept available for paying customers.. I wouldn't have minded as much if I had felt satisfied with what I saw, but to be honest the information wasn't that enriching and we had read everything and seen everything there was to see in no time at all. So in the end we paid a lot of money for not much at all, and that's why it was a fairly disappointing day.

The extra star on the review is for the very polite staff attending the attraction itself. They were great. Shame about everything else.
Written August 2, 2020
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David K
Worthing, UK1,497 contributions
From the Train Station it`s about a 20 mins walk to the castle , Through the High Street and just follow Castle Street ..
English Heritage own the castle so it was £8 per adult (March 2020 prices )to get in.
Was met by two lovely ladies who told me all what to do and gave me a audio guide which will guide you throu the tour . You start off in the courtyard next to Constables house and then just follow the guide . There was another volunteer Gentleman who was there if you needed to ask any questions or advice , A lovely person as were the two receptionists.
As you go round you will feel , What went on there , From a Roman settlement to When the Royals started taking over with King John one of the very first ,And Henry V launched his invasion of France from here , And with it being besieged from the French and others , You will gather it was a very important Castle . Also how it became a Prison for Mixed raced from the Caribbean in 1796 and a lot of French solders in the 14th century , The French prisoners actually made a theatre there as well, putting on shows . As you go into the tower you can climb to the top and see all around the Solent and Portsmouth , and there is a exhibition about the Mixed Raced Prisoners on one floor on how they lived inside the prison and what conditions were like. Beaware ! The steps are very narrow , There is a rope to hold on to as you climb.
As you come down also to the right of the theatre stage is a museum with artifacts that have been found throu the ages .
Yes , A lot of the castle is in ruin but it is still a great place to visit just for the history.
The toilets are outside in the car park as well as a van , If you want a hot or cold drink and sometimes St Mary`s Church next door is open where you can have tea,coffee , snacks ..
Written March 9, 2020
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OdieUK
Dorset, UK203 contributions
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Owned by English heritage located at the top of portsmouth harbour

Access is down a narrow residential street so please respect neighbours! Their are two ‘pay’ car parks though tax exempt/blue badge may park for free. Note these car parks are patrolled by traffic wardens - so don’t risk a freebie - we saw three cars being ticketed!

Their are public toilets by the main car park. To be honest the gents was disgusting with one lock up blocked !

Most of the castle is free to enter with a great grassy green for play and sunbathe. Their is a tea room but we used the artisan vans that sell drinks, ice cream, toasties, cakes etc, be warned the queues get long and their are very few tables and chairs. This area is popular with dog walkers and everyone including owners were well behaved

The rest of the castle (the keep etc) is a pay area at current English heritage rates. It’s worth climbing the gawd knows how many steps to the top for the awesome view over the surrounding area and harbour

It’s well worth a visit !!
Written March 27, 2022
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AvidTraveler12
Winchester, UK1,622 contributions
It's not really hidden as it is a 9 acre site but it is a gem.
Easy to drive to, a smallish car park, as we arrived on a weekday in May at 10am there was plenty of room.
The walls of the castle are Roman and the castle keep is Norman. There is no access to walk on the walls. Lots of green lawns, a few couples were having a picnic and kids were playing. The grounds including the church are free to enter, the keep is run by English Heritage and there is a charge. Staff who run the keep were very helpful. Views from the top of the keep are spectacular.
There is a coffee shop next to the church with inside & outside seating. Outside seating is beside the church graveyard. A walk round the outside of the castle is interesting with views of Portsmouth dockyards and other areas of interest.
Written May 10, 2022
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GlobetrottingViking
Thatcham, UK2,447 contributions
This Castle is full of history, especially the history of England - France conflicts over the centuries. The ruins are extensive and there is much to see. The audio guide is free and give some interesting background the what is still visible among the ruins. A climb to the top of The Keep takes some effort, but is rewarded with great views of Portsmouth Harbour and beyond.
Written June 10, 2022
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Chris H
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We had a great day at Portchester Castle on Easter Saturday. The castle itself was really interesting, a very impressive building with lots of fascinating artefacts inside; they ranged from Stone-age, through Roman, Saxon, Norman, Medieval, the Napoleonic Wars and the First World War too. During the Napoleonic Wars Prisoners of War were allowed to build a theatre there and put on plays to give themselves an interest in life. The audio tour made our visit even more interesting.
The grounds themselves were lovely and the Staff so helpful and friendly. To finish the day we had a really lovely Afternoon Tea at St Mary’s Church, which is within the Castle grounds. We ended the day with a walk round the outside of the Castle to enjoy the great sea views.
It was a brilliant day. Thank you all so much.
Written April 18, 2022
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