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Interesting museum and decent cafe

The cafe serves excellent coffee, even if a little expensive compared to most in the area. It's an... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2018
Horndean, United Kingdom
Great Little Castle

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

Reviewed 5 September 2018
Rochdale, United Kingdom
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“henry viii”(51 reviews)
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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 31 January 2012

Was married here some time ago and so have good feelings about the place. Interesting place with good views from the remparts and very good food in the cafe

10  Thank DavidSandybaggs
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 22 October 2013

Not much to see here on a wet day. You can get round the castle exhibition in half an hour. On a nice day you can do some good walking around by the sea. Small shop. Brilliant cafe - The Yellow Kite. Close by is...More

2  Thank Fabian735
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All reviews henry viii free entry courtyard cafe free attraction wedding venue worth a visit small museum nice walk sea front nice cafe interesting place to visit isle of wight gift shop steeped in history lots of history piece of history sunny day
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

The cafe serves excellent coffee, even if a little expensive compared to most in the area. It's an interesting little place inside the castle if you don't mind having no windows. Outside tables on a nice day should be OK too. The castle is a...More

Thank dockeca
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Southsea Castle was built in 1544 and was part of the Henry VIII fortifications. Free to visit and explore, its a good place to come with goid views of the sea. Giftshop onsite.

Thank rayrest
Reviewed 6 October 2018

More of a small fort than traditional castle but still impressive, especially as it is where King Henry VIII watched the sinking of the HMS Mary Rose. Must see and close to the Normady Musuem, Rock garden and the Southsea beach

Thank P8977NBjohnl
Reviewed 1 October 2018

I came to Portsmouth for the weekend as I know the city has a lot to see and it certainly did, we chose to visit southsea castle and it was OK but there really wasn't a lot to see there, along the sea front is...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 18 September 2018

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 13 September 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Amber T
Reviewed 9 September 2018

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

Thank thelastboyscout2018
Reviewed 5 September 2018 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 28 August 2018 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 29 August 2018

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 28 August 2018

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
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7 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