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Southsea Castle, Portsmouth

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#4 of 12 in Historic Sites in Portsmouth
Southsea Castle served England’s rulers, beginning with Henry VIII, variously as a fortress, prison, vantage point, or simply a place to sleep while inspecting Portsmouth’s defenses. Watching from this castle, Henry VIII saw his prized vessel the Mary Rose sink. Take a look around yourself, as admission is free, and make sure to see the tunnel for moat defense. Get a feel for the long history of this fort only decommissioned from active military service in 1960. See Southsea Castle and all Portsmouth has to offer by arranging your trip with our Portsmouth vacation planner.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Very insightful with regards to its history and Henry VIII also Mary rose. Lots for youngsters to do. Couldn't go in tunnel or see whole castle due to private function.  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Small castle/fortification. Good for young visitors, but they won't be able to see the view across the harbour without help. Family and dog friendly. The tea room is busy,caters for different dietary ...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Can't really complain as this was free but there was a private function on so couldn't go to the cafe. Everything seemed a bit tired and worn and the displays weren't very interesting. Fun to climb ar...  more »
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  • This is a great place to visit, with a few features that children would like. The views from the top of the castle are good too. Also, check out how thick the walls are!
  • The castle is a great piece of English history and a Portsmouth postcard spot. There are a few exhibits in the castle detailing the history of the place. There is a brewery in the castle too, selling beers and ales to take away with you. You get some great views of Portsmouth and the Solent from here too.
  • Small, but it is free and they have made a real effort to make this interesting. Henry VIII visited here, as did the Queen, so I thought it worth a visit whilst in the area.
  • An amazing piece of history and completely free. Great views over the Solent from the battlements.
  • A nice walk around and the champagne bar in the summer is a great place to to on a nice sunny evening

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