Portchester Castle, Portchester

The Romans originally built Portchester Castle as a fort during the fourth century CE. After the fall of the empire, the site went into decline for a few centuries, but was later expanded and used as a royal residence in the 11th century and as a prison in the 17th century. Use the audio guide and check out the exhibition to learn about its centuries of history. Enjoy the view of the coast from the tower, or bring along a picnic. Put Portchester Castle into our Portchester online day trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Portchester.
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  • August 9, 2017
    If you're into Military history or just like old buildings, then a visit to Portchester is well worth it. Run by English Heritage, it free to get into the outer Baily; however you have to pay to get i...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The castle of the outside looks old, big and very nice, but when i see the map, of the castle inside, i decided dont go there. if you are a story fanatic, you must go there. We often come with my boyf...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    We visited on our way back from isle of Wight home. Takes about an hour good audio guide lots of steps for the less able. Wonderful views from the top.  more »
  • Well presented English Heritage castle with fascinating history. Audio guides fun but a bit long winded and not loud enough. Staff excellent in small shop. The view from the roof is worth the climb if clear. A good day out with space to park, play and picnic.
  • Portchester Castle is a great day out for the family. You have to pay to go into the keep itself but the rest is free. There is plenty of space for kids to run around in and lots to explore. The little tea room in the church is OK but I would recommend a picnic.
  • Beautiful piece of history. Sadly some of the castle was undergoing restoration work when I visited (though still plenty of it accessible) so I look forward to going back when that has finished. My kids loved it and it would be a great place for a picnic
  • Always worth a visit to walk the grounds even if you don't venture into the keep. The keep itself is fascinating, with superb views from the top, though the access will be challenging for many (steep narrow stairs). A favorite spot.
  • Expensive for what you get, but steeped in history and a good audio guide. Steep climb up a spiral tower staircase, don't attempt it if you're claustrophobic or not very mobile. The entry to the grounds is free, wide open spaces, good for family picnics and stuff

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