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Southsea Castle, Portsmouth

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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. Use our Portsmouth tour planning tool to arrange your visit to Southsea Castle and other attractions in Portsmouth.
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  • Built in 1544, the Castle was constructed by Henry VIII as part of a series of fortifications around our coast. This is all that remains of a much larger fortress but no less for it. The cannon on dis...  more »
  • I was in April, and it was a very nice place to visit. It is a very historical castle, there are traces of the old month, although the area is not small, but it is worth browsing. There are some specials for sale in the small shop, I also bought a lot of wooden lights and boats, and the staff friendly, worthy of help lined!!
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  • fast and interesting visit to sea then follow the ballad reported to the ground, (to protect from the wind) is close to the D DAY closed in December 2017
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  • We visited the frankly fantastic restaurant here and were not disappointed. The entire booking process for our group of 12 was easy and well organised. On arrival we were greeted and seated with no fuss and meals turned up exactly as ordered. The food is excellent, simple, tasty and with a touch of class. A nice touch was the chef coming to see us to check all was well. Price was the biggest (and smallest) surprise of the evening. Very reasonable for the standard of food. We would definitely recommend it.
  • 'Forts and guns' go with the territory. This one is well looked after. Not very big but well worth it. Entrance is free; donations welcome. Shop and a cafe. Great venue for happy occasions.
  • A place to discover for free, enjoy a really fresh fish and chips lunch at the little courtyard cafe. Visit the local brewery and buy some local brew to take home. Free to visit dressing up room and sit on a throne for photos. Go up the stairs and see the ramparts and lighthouse. Dog friendly.
  • It is a great archaeological and historical site, but in my opinion shouldn't be used as a champagne bar and catered party place. I really enjoyed the historic atmosphere and maybe a reading sanctuary is much more appropriate
  • Great place for a quick visit. Loads of history and interesting facts about the castle from medieval to Victorian times. Its free entrance and has limited exhibits but staff are helpful and has a great little cafe.

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