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Southsea Castle, Portsmouth

(4.2/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Walls of stone, views of sea, take the family and see for fee, take in the scenery, inhale the breeze, in winter wear your woolies ! If you don't you'll freeze. 
  • A free venue , with great views of the Solent , fantastic cafe inside the castle in quirky surroundings . A great place to wander around for an hour , though a little light on detail and information . 
  • There is a decent gift shop and the views sure are something and they hold events regularly. The cafe looks decent and much history and its all for free. 
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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!