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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  • Great place to park up to have a stroll with great views to Portsmouth harbour and if your thirsty pop into the church tea room or for a Pint in the Cormorant pub over the road...free parking area.  more »
  • The site has been used by the Romans, the Normans, the Plantagenets, the Tudors and after this it acted as a prison to POW's through the centuries. The audio guide is a must if you are to get the most...  more »
  • Not always easy or guaranteed that a weather forecast can be believed. But it's a reasonable precaution. There is a car park, but one has to walk some way, uphill, to the castle's entrance. The entran...  more »
  • Excellent heritage site with an amazing history and excellent facilities. Audio tour is easy to use and very engaging. The access is excellent considering the age of the attraction. The views are rather impressive too. My 7 year old says it's 'cool' there. It's worth also considering the option of English Heritage Membership when paying and you will get a car window sticker entitling you to free on site parking of EH sites.
  • Good location with amazing views from the top of the keep. Fascinating audio tour and the staff were lovely. Cafe was closed early for a function, with no notice on the website or signs up on the day. Sad to see them turn away a mother with small children. Great place for a picnic but not really enough for a full day out.
  • 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 with little inside. Friendly staff in the ticket office. Worth a visit if you're in the area.
  • A really excellent place. Super full of history from nearly 2000 years ago. Unbelievable amount has happened within these walls. Staff were excellent. Mostly dog friendly as well.
  • Fabulous little tea rooms at the side of the old Church which itself is well worth a visit. The Castle grounds are a great spot for the kids to play. The Castle is undergoing some restoration work at the moment but is still open for visitors and the views across Portsmouth Harbour to the new Aircraft Carrier are well worth the entrance fee.
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