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Southsea Castle, Portsmouth

4.2
#4 of 16 in Historic Sites in Portsmouth
Southsea Castle served England’s rulers, beginning with Henry VIII, variously as a fortress, prison, vantage point, or simply a place to sleep while inspecting Portsmouth’s defenses. Watching from this castle, Henry VIII saw his prized vessel the Mary Rose sink. Take a look around yourself, as admission is free, and make sure to see the tunnel for moat defense. Get a feel for the long history of this fort only decommissioned from active military service in 1960. Use our Portsmouth tour planning tool to arrange your visit to Southsea Castle and other attractions in Portsmouth.
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  • Over 600 years old and still pulling visitors. Very interesting historical attraction and lots of information boards. Great fun for kids with an educational play area for them. Cafe with a reasonable ...  more »
  • I called in just for the cafe as i have previously visited the castle.Yummy scones and brought to my external table as I had my dog with me and so we sat in a special set aside area.  more »
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  • Brilliant! Loved it. Interesting bit of history. Yes it's small and took me around 10 - 15 minutes to look around, but there are interesting displays, and it felt authentic. Well worth popping in - as i did - when passing. If you're interested in history, and especially Henry Vlll, then this is for you if you're in the area. Also has a courtyard cafe, and brilliant views. Tie your visit in with a trip to see The Mary Rose, as this is where the King and all stood in shock and watched her sink.
  • Wonderful. It was our first time visiting The Courtyard.. The staff were very welcoming and although we just wanted a coffee nothing was to much trouble. The menu, even the child's menu, left you spoilt for choice. Definitely a place to visit again and again. 15Feb. My wife and I were at the Castle today as its her birthday. We were very pleased with the quality of the food. As always the staff were welcoming and professional. Definitely a place to go back to. Thank you.
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