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“Pretty good”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle
Ranked #13 of 118 things to do in Portsmouth
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Owner description: 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.
London, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Pretty good”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

It's ok, we went just to see what it was all about, there wasn't loads to look at but it was worth bothering to take a trip there.

Visited June 2012
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Nice on a Sunny Day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

Only opened for part of the year, but worth a visit with one of the guides telling you about the Castles long History, The place where Henry Viii watch the Mary Rose sink, and used in recent times, so gives you an idea of the length of the history Enjoy

Visited September 2012
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“fantastic scenery and views”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

A very majestic building and surroundings but I feel it's wasted, there is nothing to participate in except a quick walk round unless an event is taking place on the castle field.

Visited October 2012
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Portsmouth
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248 reviews
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“Lovely cafe in historic surroundings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

I have come here about 3 times for a coffee and cake/sandwich with my wife. The food seems very good quality and fairly reasonably priced. There are also themed evenings though I have not attended any so far.

Visited November 2012
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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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“Free, fascinating and fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area and looking for a brief yet interesting activity. It is free to enter, unsurprisingly, as the castle is very small and you could see it within 30 mins. There is a cafe and a souvenir shop, plus in the summer time they sometimes hold events in the grounds which may be worth while.

Lovely view out over the sea from the top and if you want something culturally informative, this place is an easy pick for all age groups. Plus you can enjoy a leisurely stroll on the beach before/after, and visit a nearby cafe such as the Tenth Hole after walking through the model village.

Visited October 2012
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