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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...more
Clarence Esplanade | Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3PA, England
All reviews henry viii free entry courtyard cafe free attraction wedding venue worth a visit small museum nice walk sea front nice cafe interesting place to visit isle of wight gift shop steeped in history lots of history piece of history sunny day
The cafe serves excellent coffee, even if a little expensive compared to most in the area. It's an interesting little place inside the castle if you don't mind having no windows. Outside tables on a nice day should be OK too.
The castle is a...More
More of a small fort than traditional castle but still impressive, especially as it is where King Henry VIII watched the sinking of the HMS Mary Rose. Must see and close to the Normady Musuem, Rock garden and the Southsea beach
I came to Portsmouth for the weekend as I know the city has a lot to see and it certainly did, we chose to visit southsea castle and it was OK but there really wasn't a lot to see there, along the sea front is...More
One of Henry VIII many little hideaways..lots of history here and fascinating tales about him when you go around the castle and read all the info.. definately interesting..my little one loved it as well..
Stopped in here on way to a day out in Portsmouth, half of it closed because of weekend festival, no explanation just closed !More
VisitPortsmouth, Manager at Southsea Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018
Thanks for the feedback. Sorry you couldn't visit Southsea Castle over the weekend, but as it falls within the Victorious Festival site it's only open to ticket holders across that weekend. We try to keep this to a minimum and inform people of...More
Lovely attraction. Quite a small castle but well worth a visit. Display of costumes and will suit all ages from the very young to the very old.. Good location right along the sea front., steeped in history.
Response from Andrew W | Property representative |
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
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). Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time. Admission is free.
There is more information about the Castle on our website. I just noticed that we had not included our website on the Tripadvisor page, and I have now included the URL, but it may take a few days until the page is updated. But in the meantime, you should be able to find the website by doing an internet search for "Southsea Castle" (Tripadvisor will not let me post the website URL here).
Southsea Castle staff