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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. See Southsea Castle and all Portsmouth has to offer by arranging your trip with our Portsmouth vacation planner.
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  • You don't have to go in to enjoy this. Just walk around it and see the spot where henry The eighth saw his ship the Mary rose sink with about 800 crew lost. Great views of the Solent.  more »
  • We took an evening stroll to the castle and it was still open at 8.30 p.m. so we wandered inside. The original keep was still there although we just saw it from the outside. There is a nice walk all a...  more »
  • A very interesting piece of English history, pleasantly situated and very well-kept. The visit will only take half an hour and then you could take a stroll along the seafront path towards portsmouth. ...  more »
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  • Picturesque and historic. The tunnels are worth going down. The in-house brewer makes a great double IPA. No entrance fee so leave a donation.
  • Free entry, commanding views of the Solent and an interesting exhibition on the history of the site. If you're in Southsea and interested in the heritage of the city, then definitely pay the castle a visit.
  • Great free museum with enough to keep children entertained too - cafe/restaurant is good too
  • Great castle - free entry with Victorious Festival ticket - champagne bar in summer! Yum!
  • Always an interesting visit. Also, the cafe is excellent, and there are often special events on for kids - on our last visit, the munchkins got to make pirate hats, hooks and parrots!