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Great Little Castle

One of Henry VIII many little hideaways..lots of history here and fascinating tales about him when... read more

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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Interesting Castle

Lovely attraction. Quite a small castle but well worth a visit. Display of costumes and will suit... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jan L
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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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
+44 23 9284 1453
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Reviewed 5 days ago

great views from this castle and exhibition within the keep. has a quaint tea room and gift shop full of quirky gifts as well as the usual souvenirs. well worth a visit if you are in the area

Thank Chrissie J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Free access, in good condition. There's a decent cafe, modest toilets and a fairly decent gift shop.

Thank Amber T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Doesn't take long to get round. The staff there are trying to be helpful by giving an explanation of things

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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..

Thank aquage
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in here on way to a day out in Portsmouth, half of it closed because of weekend festival, no explanation just closed !More

Thank northerndeejay
VisitPortsmouth, Manager at Southsea Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, 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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Jan L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This artillery fort built by Henry VIII in the mid 16th century is a great place to visit and as it's free it's a no-brainer to come. It's not just a historic place to wander around - there's also a brewery on-site where you can...More

Thank Jason J
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Yet another lovely visit. The fact that this is free is very surprising as I have paid to view some pretty poor historical places. My children love it here and despite visiting yearly they never get bored and always enjoy it as does my husband...More

Thank Moore-11-2014
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Many years have passed since our last visit even though it's local, a pleasant surprise with a meaty lunch that would have photo's if It had lasted longer. Free to enter another piece of barely remembered history only hindered by parking, there's lots but none...More

Thank BazzaBear34
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Well presented and cared for piece of history. Amazing that free to enter and roam around. Dressing up clothes provided. Very nice tea rooms with great cakes and staff. On site Brewery and able to sample ales without pressure to buy.

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8 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