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“Castle Fortress with a View of English Channel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle
Ranked #13 of 117 things to do in Portsmouth
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Owner description: 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 front of the Castle. During the English Civil War, nearly a century later, the Castle was captured for the only time in its history, by Parliamentarian forces. Over the centuries, Southsea Castle's defences were strengthened so that it could continue to protect Portsmouth. In the 19th Century a tunnel was built to defend the Castle moat. Visitors can still enter the tunnel and see how the Castle would have been defended against invaders. The Castle has had many other uses besides defence. For a while it was a military prison. A lighthouse was built in the 1820s, and is still in use by shipping today. In 1960 the Castle left military service. It was acquired by Portsmouth City Council, which restored the Castle to its 19th century appearance.
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“Castle Fortress with a View of English Channel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

I loved the tunnels underneath and the walking on top where the cannons were. It was a great view and a walk back in history.

Visited June 2014
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“Free Visit To Great Castle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

Entrance is free , great sea views and historical information. Visited here on D Day celebrations and previousely. Cafe available inside. Lots of other nearby attractions to make a great day out. D Day museum, canoe Lake, Southsea common and shopping precinct. Fun fare , Clarence pub , hovercraft to Isle of Weight. Note The Pyramids is being repaired following flooding so is closed at the moment and The Pier is also shut hoping it will be restored sometime soon.

Visited June 2014
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“A free castle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

Fantastic castle - bearing in mind it's completely free there were lots of side rooms filled with activities for children or videos of the history. We went round the tunnels as well as up to the roof. It kept us entertained for a couple of hours. We then walked over to the d day museum cafe for lunch. Lovely cream tea and sandwiches.

Visited May 2014
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“Good one”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

We had a good one at Henry s castle , it was so funny though cause we went in the afternoon and they had a champagne party . First time I go to a castle while a party is taking place . It was ok though

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“Friends of the Rock Gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

The Rock Gardens in Southsea are listed. The gardens were built in the early 1920's during the depression following WW1. During the Second World War the entire coastline, including the Rock Gardens, was defended with a barrier of large concrete blocks (one can be seen today at the D-Day Memorial Garden near South Parade Pier). Together with coils of barbed wire, these blocks were intended to prevent tanks or personnel landing on the beach. After the war, the Rock Gardens was the first area in Southsea to be renovated because they were completely overgrown. Nowadays the beautiful gardens are maintained by Friends of the Rock Gardens, a volunteer group, who in 2013 won the prestigious national Green Flag Award.

Visited May 2014
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