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Portchester Castle, Portchester

#9 of 65 in Historic Sites in Hampshire
Castle Tourist Spot
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. Arrange to visit Portchester Castle and other attractions in Portchester using our Portchester travel itinerary maker.
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  • Lovely place to visit with a mixed history , the roman walls are spectacular and a fascinating climb to the top of the keep ( great views ) lovely friendly staff  more »
  • Took our 2 children aged 7 and 9 for a half-term day out. Family tickets were good value, (around £16, I think) and this included an easy to use audio guide for each visitor. Although much of the cast...  more »
  • I would recommend visiting Portchester castle. The grounds are beautifully maintained. Perfect for a picnic. Climbing to the top of the keep was fun and slightly energetic! The history boards dotted a...  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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