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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