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Portchester Castle

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Address: Portchester Castle Castle Street, Portchester PO16 9QW, England
Phone Number: +44 23 9237 8291
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

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Best castle I have seen so far

This castle is so hidden, I regularly search for ruins/castle destinations (on useless google) and I never found this. I come across accidentally on a website. This Castle is one... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lucy F
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle is so hidden, I regularly search for ruins/castle destinations (on useless google) and I never found this. I come across accidentally on a website. This Castle is one of the best preserved (especially the walls around). There is a church inside the wall and there was a small handcraft market inside. You don't need to pay to go... More 

Thank Lucy F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful St Mary's Anglican Church is in the grounds of Portchester Castle. A lovely pilgrimage where two of my English ancestors are buried, both being former vicars of St Mary's.

Thank NewZealand-7
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fabulous place with so much of interest. First you have the Roman fort, incidentally the oldest and most complete Roman fort still standing north of the Alps, with intact walls, and therein a medieval keep and fortress. Secondly, add a lovely open green, and a beautiful old church complete with tea rooms, the sea just outside and you have... More 

Thank Catherine H
Emsworth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This castle ruin is run by English Heritage, and although let slide in to ruins by the Victorians dates from Roman & Saxon times. I had a terrible journey here thanks to cancellations by Southern Region and finally got there by 700 bus to Portsmouth Hard and then the quick X4 to Portchester Precinct then a mile walk along a... More 

Thank DAVIDMS20050
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110 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whilst this is cared for by English Heritage and in my opinion well worth the entrance fee, it is quite expensive compared to other EH properties, since this is primarily a ruin. That said, the tower is fascinating and it is well worth the climb to the roof for the view over Portsmouth and surrounding areas. It was a shame... More 

Thank SteveMRochester
Fareham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely place, we had a dinner party here in the grounds in 1992 fantastic venue, views are spectacular, and The local pub The Cormorant which has had very poor reviews in the past, is now under a much better management and worth a visit. We were there for a wake.

Thank David H
England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The castle is cared for by English Heritage. It was originally built by the Romans as a shore fort and is the only almost intact Roman stronghold in northern Europe. It is set in an area of approx. 10 acres. I recommend the free audio guide which explains the history of the fort, the construction of King Richard II's palace... More 

Thank Pamjo444
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We were fortunate enough to visit on a beautiful autumnal day in half term. The outer area (but inside the walls), which is free to all, was maintained superbly and bathed in sunlight. I would imagine it's a lovely place to picnic on a summers day. The castle itself is chargeable. There are a lot of ruins but the best... More 

Thank James H
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Both my partner and I agreed that the way information had been conveyed was much better than that of other National Heritage sites we had visited. To make the most of this attraction means climbing steep narrow stairs to the roof although access to lower levels is by wooden stairs. Areas were also well maintained and the nearby church offered... More 

Thank Kent-Hoggy
Ashford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We arrived at the castle to find a very small carpark, on entering we were encouraged to join English Heritage which we declined. as pensioners we asked for two concession tickets and were about to be charged the price for Gift Aid until I pointed out that I did not wish to pay for Gift Aid. The price was £5.20... More 

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