Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle, Portsmouth: Address, Phone Number, Southsea Castle Reviews: 4/5

Southsea Castle
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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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JAC-B-321
533 contributions
Good views (sometimes!) and free
May 2021 • Friends
We enjoyed the views from the top however we were unfortunate in our timing as a wedding was due to take place shortly so they were in the process of cordoning off the sea-facing section which meant you couldn’t gaze out to sea. We did walk onto the seafront outside of the castle so did get some great views. It was nice to find a free attraction.
Written June 11, 2021
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James19941
Bargoed, UK120 contributions
Henry VIII Device Fort
Jun 2021
Fantastic visit for military history enthusiasts. Built in the 1540s from the money Henry acquired from the Dissolution, Southsea Castle is one of many fortifications surrounding Portsmouth. Entry is free and there is a small museum. You can walk the battlements that have some cannons in place. The fort isn't as it was in the 1540s as it has been used for coastal defence for centuries. It was improved in the Napoleonic and Victorian eras.

There is a small craft brewery inside that can provide delicious, cold beer!
Written June 6, 2021
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Halcatra
Edinburgh, UK483 contributions
Why is it close?
Oct 2020
I cannot understand why it is close now. You can enter the courtyard but you cannot climb the walls as you used to be able to do. All the buildings are close as well. Coronavirus? But where are the risks I need to ask - there are hardly any tourists in Portsmouth now, now risk of crowds and queues. It is in the open air so there is ventilations. I guess it was just easier for a free to enter attraction to stay close and do nothing. It is a shame because the place seems so beautiful and it has such a fascinating history.
Written October 19, 2020
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Steve Jacob
Coventry, UK29 contributions
Worth the walk.
Sep 2020 • Solo
A nice walk along the seafront from Portsmouth to Southsea brings you to the castle. It a great location for pictures
Written September 11, 2020
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Andrew L
Leigh, UK3,193 contributions
Great big slice of history
Aug 2020 • Solo
Didn’t realise how many forts there were around Portsmouth. This is a cracker. Henry VIII design and still standing after some serious TLC over the years no doubt. Cracking views out to sea. Check out the cannon at the entrance. And the lighthouse built into the walls !
Written September 3, 2020
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Heather S
Glasgow, UK4 contributions
Lovely staff
Aug 2020 • Couples
We got caught in heavy rain and decided to run in for shelter, we did not know you needed a booking but they found us a table and were very kind a friendly. The food and service are brilliant :) Thanks guys
Written August 19, 2020
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KingOfTheNorth99
Windsor, UK443 contributions
Free entry, but little to do
Aug 2020
Maybe it was because of lockdown but you could not go anywhere once inside the castle and little to see or do, not even climb the stairs to the walls. There is a cafe inside and they have a couple small info boards. At least it’s free.
Written August 4, 2020
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Lumjum
Chichester, UK137 contributions
Disappointing
Feb 2020
This is a disappointing place, it’s interesting but there’s not a lot to see. I’m not sure about going back here as I didn’t learn very much and I wasn’t very impressed.
Written July 14, 2020
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bb294
plymouth25 contributions
In the footsteps of royalty.
Feb 2020
Visiting the castle after we had seen the Mary rose was excellent, especially as the castle was where Henry VIII was standing when the ship sank back in the 16th century. It really makes the history come alive.
Written March 5, 2020
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Tiina Johanna
Tampere, Finland159 contributions
A nice castle on the sea side!
Feb 2020 • Friends
This is a nice old castle right on the sea side with great ocean views. Take a lovely walk around the castle and the surrounding parks and continue your way to the oceanside boulevard. Definetely worth the visit! :)
Written February 29, 2020
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