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“Castle (Fort) on the Water.”
Review of Calshot Castle

Calshot Castle
Ranked #4 of 4 things to do in Calshot
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Owner description: This historic castle was built in 1539 by Henry VIII to protect the important ports of Portsmouth and Southampton.
Reviewed 8 June 2018

1st visit to Calshot Castle for a while which is situated right at the start of Southampton Water. There has been more historical displays added inside since my last visit. Really interesting history and building. The Castle closed for lunch on arrival once open had to wait for member of staff to appear who was out the back making a cup of tea. Perhaps it is HCC management but the site lacks the English Heritage touch I am seeing at other sites. -perhaps it was me. - Come on English Heritage staff the fort rather than just unlock it and take the money.

The area around the castle is worth the stroll - sea views including shipping movements- Calshot tower - old sea plane slip way - life boat station and views of Fawley Power Station.

Thank SouthamptonUKAndy22
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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

Built by Henry 8th it has served as coastal defence army post and RAF post.
It was a Base for a long range very comfortable seaplane. The plane fly but never went it into service.
It's more than a gun in placement

Thank Tony C
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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

As members of english heritage we as a family like to frequent historical sites weve done a fair few and i have never come across a woman so miserable, fair enough she may of been alone but there was 6 vistors in the castle and 4 of them were me and my family. When asked questions she was rude abrupt and rather unhelpful sad as we enjoy coming here regularly

Thank ProjectAlice56
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Richard B, Manager at Calshot Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Dear ProjectAlice56
I am sorry that you had such a negative experience with a member of our staff. I would be grateful if you could confirm the date of your visit and any further details to calshot.ac@hants.gov.uk FAO the Calshot Castle Manager so that I can investigate this further.
Kind regards

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

I drove from my hotel to Calshot Castle only to discover that it was closed despite the English Heritage Handbook stating that it was open daily in the summer.

As far as I'm concerned, if the Handbook states that a property is open, it should be open without any excuses. If there's staff sickness, then somebody should be temporarily posted there for the duration of the problem.

English Heritage did NOT seem at all unhappy that I'd made a wasted journey. They did NOT, for example, offer free admission on a future occasion to compensate for my wasted journey and distress.

There wasn't even a sign on the gate to the Activity Centre telling visitors that it was closed.

I am VERY angry.

Thank Colonel_JB_Ormsby
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Richard B, General Manager at Calshot Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Dear Colonel_JB_Ormsby

Unfortunately, we (Hampshire County Council as local managers of the site) were forced to make the decision to close Calshot Castle last Thursday and Friday due to staff sickness. On this occasion, we were unable to arrange staffing cover. Through emergency notices on both the English Heritage and Calshot Activities Centre websites as well as Calshot Activities Centre's Facebook and Twitter posts, we publicised the closure however I appreciate that these message would not have been received by every potential visitor.

Please e-mail the Activities Centre at calshot.ac@hants.gov.uk and mark you email FAO the Calshot Castle Manager and we would be more than happy to arrange a free visit in future.

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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

The castle is well worth a visit. Lots of information about the castle through the centuries, and beautiful views from the roof. A gem of history preserved very well. Staff were friendly and helpful.

Thank lyngoshysnoz
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Richard B, Manager at Calshot Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Many thanks for your comments, glad you enjoyed the visit!

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