Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle, Portsmouth: Address, Phone Number, Southsea Castle Reviews: 4/5

Southsea Castle
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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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STEPHEN K
Ashby de la Zouch, UK1,175 contributions
Henry's defences.
Jul. 2021 • Couples
Well worth a visit to this site just to put it's place in history in context. You get to feel it's connection to the forts and battery emplacements around the coast. The little museum is worth a visit to fill in the background. Dogs are allowed in but not inside or on the ramparts, but this allows for a little break in the courtyard cafe.
Written 29 July 2021
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simon164
Portsmouth, UK13 contributions
Follow in the footsteps of Henry V111
Jul. 2021
The best advice I can give anyone with regards Southsea Castle is this. Try to time your visit during Spring / Summer and do a little reading up beforehand. This castle has played a fascinating part in our history and a little understanding will greatly enhance your visit !! Built by Henry V111 in 1544 it has served numerous purposes over time.

It is from this very castle that King Henry V111 watched his favourite ship The Mary Rose capsize on 19th July 1545 whilst attempting to repel an invading French navy. Take some binoculars and you can see the exact spot the ship was lost.

Come down from the battlements and enjoy a good meal in their brilliant restaurant washed down with a locally brewed IPA or anything that takes your fancy !!
Written 14 July 2021
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Shaun L
Clanfield, UK1,315 contributions
A piece of history on our doorstep
May 2021 • Couples
Took some time for another visit of Henry VIII’s castle at Southsea. Last visited over a year ago for a quick look but took more time on this occasion to have a good look. It’s a free attraction at the end of castle field with a lovely walkway of flowerbeds leading to the castle. A number of info boards to explore as you walk around both outside and inside. Also a cafe inside too. Its easy to spend an hour losing yourself in the history and to have a tea or coffee.
Written 3 July 2021
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Julie W
London, UK358 contributions
Another gem in Southsea
Jun. 2021
You can visit the castle and see the views from above for free. You can also use the lovely cafe in the courtyard which we did. Located along Southsea near the D-Day Museum also worth a visit and reaonably priced..
Written 29 June 2021
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Bunty8
North Ayrshire, UK503 contributions
Southsea Castle
Jun. 2021
Castle overlooks the Solent with Isle of Wight on horizon. It is free to enter, small shop museum and tea room. Fine views from the battlements, it is worth a visit. Apparently it was from here Henry V111 watched the Mary Rose sink.
Written 20 June 2021
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JAC-B-321
534 contributions
Good views (sometimes!) and free
May 2021 • Friends
We enjoyed the views from the top however we were unfortunate in our timing as a wedding was due to take place shortly so they were in the process of cordoning off the sea-facing section which meant you couldn’t gaze out to sea. We did walk onto the seafront outside of the castle so did get some great views. It was nice to find a free attraction.
Written 11 June 2021
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James19941
Bargoed, UK120 contributions
Henry VIII Device Fort
Jun. 2021
Fantastic visit for military history enthusiasts. Built in the 1540s from the money Henry acquired from the Dissolution, Southsea Castle is one of many fortifications surrounding Portsmouth. Entry is free and there is a small museum. You can walk the battlements that have some cannons in place. The fort isn't as it was in the 1540s as it has been used for coastal defence for centuries. It was improved in the Napoleonic and Victorian eras.

There is a small craft brewery inside that can provide delicious, cold beer!
Written 6 June 2021
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Halcatra
Edinburgh, UK483 contributions
Why is it close?
Oct. 2020
I cannot understand why it is close now. You can enter the courtyard but you cannot climb the walls as you used to be able to do. All the buildings are close as well. Coronavirus? But where are the risks I need to ask - there are hardly any tourists in Portsmouth now, now risk of crowds and queues. It is in the open air so there is ventilations. I guess it was just easier for a free to enter attraction to stay close and do nothing. It is a shame because the place seems so beautiful and it has such a fascinating history.
Written 19 October 2020
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Steve Jacob
Coventry, UK29 contributions
Worth the walk.
Sep. 2020 • Solo
A nice walk along the seafront from Portsmouth to Southsea brings you to the castle. It a great location for pictures
Written 11 September 2020
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Andrew L
Leigh, UK3,246 contributions
Great big slice of history
Aug. 2020 • Solo
Didn’t realise how many forts there were around Portsmouth. This is a cracker. Henry VIII design and still standing after some serious TLC over the years no doubt. Cracking views out to sea. Check out the cannon at the entrance. And the lighthouse built into the walls !
Written 3 September 2020
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