Portchester Castle, Portchester

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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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  • Really interesting place to visit. Particularly liked the French Prisoners theatre and was taken by surprise when I saw how close the castle was to the water. The coffee shop was located in the church...  more »
  • Me and my partner visited Portchester Castle a couple of weeks ago. We were pleasantly surprised as we walked into the castle. The grounds were huge, such a nice place to take a picnic. We spent some ...  more »
  • As members of English Heritage we are keen to visit their properties in our locale. Portchester Castle doesn't disappoint. Being a ruin, most of the visit is outdoors and it was raining on and off whi...  more »
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  • This is an excellent visit. The grounds are a fantastic place to have a picnic, play with your dog, play as a family, or just spend some time in the sun. Visiting the grounds and the church are free. You have to pay a small bit to go into the tower, but it's worth it. At the top, you have an excellent view of the bay. Lots of boats. Beautiful. I could have spent much longer here. There is also a gift shop with fun little things to buy, of you are so inclined. This is an excellent piece of history to see!
  • Small castle in the corner of a walled Roman camp. Great views from the top of the keep if the weather is good. Buildings largely a ruin with little inside, except for a small display of objects and finds from the site and some modern art related to the history. Friendly staff in the ticket office. Worth a visit if you're in the area.
  • A great mellow day out. The grounds are ideal for a picnic if you aren't looking to spend money or aren't an English Heritage member, with the harbour area just outside the gate for a walk afterwards. The castle with its awesome keep, with local finds in display cases and oodles of historic billboards through, is definitely worth a paid visit (or free to English Heritage members). Great little gift shop, nice clean loos and easy access parking make it very family friendly. The original stone stairs to the roof of the keep are steep, but the amazing view of the harbour is definitely worth the hike! All of the above topped off by knowledgeable, friendly and super helpful staff make Portchester Castle a must visit if in the area.
  • Lovely place and shop is fantastic. Try out their homemade jam. Lemon curd is out of the world!
  • Very very good day out. Plenty to see and really enjoyed it. Missed the tea shop in the church as didn't know it was in there until after we left. Will go there again soon
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