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Southsea Castle

Clarence Esplanade | Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3PA, England
+44 23 9284 1453
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Not a really castle, free to visit when you are walking through the sea front to take some pictures.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Monica C
An amazing day out

Perfect picnic spot specially during the weekends in summer. The little kids having a fun time... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Built in 1544, the Castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by Henry VIII around England's coasts to protect the country from invaders. Barely was the work completed when Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose, tragically sank in front of the Castle. During the English Civil War, nearly a century later, the Castle was captured for the only time in its history, by Parliamentarian forces. Over the centuries, Southsea Castle's defences were strengthened so that it could continue to protect Portsmouth. In the 19th Century a tunnel was built to defend the Castle moat. Visitors can still enter the tunnel and see how the Castle would have been defended against invaders. The Castle has had many other uses besides defence. For a while it was a military prison. A lighthouse was built in the 1820s, and is still in use by shipping today. In 1960 the Castle left military service. It was acquired by Portsmouth City Council, which restored the Castle to its 19th century appearance.
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Clarence Esplanade | Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3PA, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Not a really castle, free to visit when you are walking through the sea front to take some pictures.

Thank Monica C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect picnic spot specially during the weekends in summer. The little kids having a fun time getting wet around in the fountain sprinklers in the sun . The pub style restaurants inside the castle adds to the vibe as well. The view is splendid from...More

Thank Minoshka V
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice site that has been restored by the council. It's right next to the D-Day and free, so it's an easy add-on to your day. The central building as really nice to walk thru.

Thank George W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Like many of the old fortifications around Portsmouth well worth a visit. You can pay to visit the inside but even just a walk around the outside is worth doing. A nice stroll along the Promenade from Clarence Pier to the Canoe lake passing the...More

Thank Martin L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Made a special trip into Portsmouth to see southsea castle , all that was open was a small cafe everything was locked up Nothing to look at ,this used to be a really interesting place even the steps and wall walks were closed Luckily there...More

Thank longhairmen
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was built by Henry VIII (imagine he walked down the same stairs you walked!!), and there is a nice view from the top (narow stairs!), but it's quite a small castle with only a few items on display. Luckily it's a free attraction, so...More

Thank EricaCross
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I can only describe this event as WONDERFUL. From Justyna corresponding with me and organising the food, to Anastasia and Hannah for their meticulous attention to detail- it all went well. We had jugs of Pimms in the Courtyard on arrival, and then moved through...More

Thank STUART D
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

Worth having a look around Southsea Castle. Not loads to look at but it is free & it's a bit different. The small coffee shop there has tasty coffee but service was so incredibly slow!! Just how long does it take to make a coffee?!!

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Reviewed 8 April 2018

Lovely coffee shop inside the courtyard and few small rooms with Southsea soveniers and artwork in, castle is lovely to look around also, if you have kids go on a day where they are doing a kids special event, might make it more interesting for...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

We sought shelter in this lovely castle when the heavens opened. Kids can do activities and dress up so good for little ones, my teenagers were less impressed but welcomed the dry environment, and its right on the prom so you can have a lovely...More

1  Thank karen r
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rykerelaine
7 February 2015|
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Response from Andrew W | Property representative |
Hello, Southsea Castle is not open to the public at the moment, but is normally open Tuesday - Sunday, and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10.00am - 5.00pm, April - October. The Castle is closed on Mondays (except for Bank Holidays... More
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