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Calshot Castle

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Calshot Road | Fawley, Calshot SO45 1BR, England
+44 23 8089 2077
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Interesting Castle, Quick Visit

The information on this castle is really great and interesting - yes it is small and you won't be... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2016
vintageabbie
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Fantastic site

Whilst the castle itself is on the small side the low entrance fee and fantastic views made for an... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2016
Dave R
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Southwick, United Kingdom
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This historic castle was built in 1539 by Henry VIII to protect the important ports of Portsmouth and Southampton.
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  • Average18%
  • Poor1%
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Calshot Road | Fawley, Calshot SO45 1BR, England
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"pay and display parking"
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"watching the boats"
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"basement"
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"roof"
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"castle"
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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

The information on this castle is really great and interesting - yes it is small and you won't be much longer than half an hour, but the price suitably reflects that! Excellent show of how one fort has been used and adapted over the hundreds...More

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Richard B, Manager at Calshot Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2016

Thank you for your comments vintageabbie - really glad you enjoyed your visit to Calshot Castle. We do think the views are fantastic - especially if the weather is in your favour!

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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Whilst the castle itself is on the small side the low entrance fee and fantastic views made for an excellent visit. There was also plenty of info regarding the history of the site. Worth a visit for the aviation enthusiast as they will appreciate the...More

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Richard B, Manager at Calshot Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2016

Thank you for your comments Dave R, there is also more information on the aviation history of Calshot Spit in the main Sunderland Hangar of the Activities Centre.

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Reviewed 17 September 2016

We went to Calshot to see the castle and found out that Calshot had a very varied history through out its life time, a very interesting place to visit. We will go back and visit with are family as there is a lot for them...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2016

Calshot Castle was initially a Tudor structure and the basement has a really rather dismal Tudor display. Elsewhere there are displays relating to the history of the place as an RAF garrison and a lot of information of the development of Sea Planes from 1910...More

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Richard B, Manager at Calshot Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2016

Thank you for your review myff2015. There are indeed more displays on the sea plane and more recent history of the property than the Tudor history and we will consider this balance when developing interpretation in the future. I'm glad you enjoyed the views!

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Reviewed 10 August 2016

Worth a visit if you like castles and forts. The castle is right by the Solent and the beach. Views were wonderful. So something for everybody once you've seen the castle. It's a small castle so you will not be there for long.

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Richard B, Manager at Calshot Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2016

Thank you for your review J C, glad you enjoyed the wonderful views from the rooftop - always so much to see in Southampton Water and the Solent.

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Reviewed 5 August 2016

Very interesting historical place to visit on the edge of a shingle beach. Plenty of pay and display parking only a few metre away and a nice little cafe in the adjacent activity centre. Reasonable entry price too which was nice. There are quite a...More

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Richard B, Manager at Calshot Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2016

Thank you lintonynoon for your comments. Glad you found the café as well - great views across the Solent! As you mention, wheelchair access is indeed restricted to the courtyard and the display rooms off it due to lots of stairs in the keep.

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Reviewed 3 August 2016

The Castle is part of English Heritage so it is free to enter non-member £3-50, but the car parking is a little expensive. There is plenty of history particularly how it was a main location for the defence of the port of Southampton in Tudor...More

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Richard B, General Manager at Calshot Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2016

Thank you for your comments Malcolm D. Glad the grandchildren enjoyed the rat hunt - there is also an eye-spy challenge to keep the little ones (and older ones) busy!

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Reviewed 17 July 2016

I had an hour to spare so paid a visit to this English Heritage site which is a small castle guarding part of Southampton Water. There is a bit of a view from the top and some interesting history both of the castle in its...More

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Richard B, Manager at Calshot Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2016

Thank you Vinylman101 for your feedback, I'm glad you enjoyed the seaplane history as well as the view from the roof. In terms of the downsides, we would encourage all English Heritage corporate members to check their paperwork (which shows a list of sites included...More

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Reviewed 13 July 2016

Calshot Castle is a nice little English Heritage attraction. The information on the flying boats was particularly fascinating. It is as a small attraction, so it doesn't take long to go around, but the entry fee is reasonable. The only slight negative was the parking....More

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Richard B, Manager at Calshot Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2016

Thank you Alby90UK for your feedback - glad you enjoyed the flying boat displays. The car park for the Castle is the general car park for Calshot Activities Centre and, therefore, the local parking charges that are in place apply to all site users. Once...More

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Reviewed 30 June 2016

We visited Calshot Castle today and really enjoyed our visit. This is a small Tudor castle built for defence overlooking the Southampton water. It has had varied uses over the years and these are represented well throughout the castle. I started by nearly jumping out...More

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Richard B, Manager at Calshot Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2016

Thank you very much for your comments NewForestLife. I'm pleased you enjoyed your visit and found our staff welcoming (and our resident dummy!)

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