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“A castle with a view”
Review of Portchester Castle

Portchester Castle
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

We are English Heritage members and so can take up to six children under 19 free of charge into their properties so we packed five grandchildren up and took them off to this castle near Portsmouth. We'd never heard of it, but browsing through the EH guide thought it looked worth a visit. We were absolutely delighted with it - all of us. The kids, ranging in age from 6 to 18, all got something out of it. The keep is as good as the one at Rochester Castle but not as good as the one at Dover Castle, but then the entrance fee is double at Dover for non EH members. Large grounds surround the castle and today on a sunny April day there were many people enjoying picnics and admiring the moat,the beautiful church and the sea. Inside the castle we all walked to the top of the keep, some of us using the audio guides, and appreciated the wonderful views across the sea. The kids all imagined the French coming in to attack and loved the spiral stone staircase up to the top. For the less adventurous there are wooden staircases inside the keep giving access to the huge rooms. The display at the ground level of the keep is worth half an hour of anyone's time. The castle is worth at least one visit, and we shall certainly be returning. Toilets in the free car park, ice cream vans, and refreshments available in the castle grounds.

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Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

This is a beautiful place historical castle with panoramic views down portsmouth harbour. The lovely church on the castle grounds. But the keep could be pricey for some people but the walks around the castle are lovely and the street itself is very nice but I wouldn't eat in the local pub.

Thank ali l
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

The castle walls enclose a large green with a church and the keep, it's a really good opportunty to understand how fortifications worked as a community and to protect this strategically important location. The audio tour is excellent and well thought out, we felt we learned a lot and came away with a far better understanding of both the history and the lives of the castle's inhabitants. The green is large and perfect for a picnic. Top tip: wear sensible shoes, the views from the roof of the keep are spectacular, but reaching it involves a tricky spiral staircase,

Thank Davey511
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is one of English Heritage's best sites. A 3rd century fort in excellent condition, enclosing a Norman keep and church. The view from the top of the keep is excellent. Be sure to walk around the walls to admire the impressive masonry. The view across to Portsmouth is super too. Be sure to stroll along the main street, there are some very attractive houses.

Thank Squire2014
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Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

Value for money is decent enough. The castle is very interesting and the surrounding sights are pleasing. 3 hours for a visit is enough. Staff are friendly. Would be better if you could walk a section of wall. But really enjoyed my trip.

Thank TheBeat1
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