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Built in 1544, Southsea 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 stood inside only to watch his flagship, the Mary Rose, tragically sank. 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. Artillery, gun platforms and panoramic views from the top of the keep overlook the Isle of Wight and Solent.
The Castle is open March to October free of charge, with a fabulous cafe offer and new micro-brewery. The Castle's Cafe also offers a Champagne bar every Friday evening (in season).
Please note that on the occassion of a wedding at Southsea Castle, certain parts may be inaccessable to members of the public. To check if there is an event or wedding taking place in the castle, please use the contact details provided.
- In town/city centre
- Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Audio visual display available
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors - Available in nearby D-Day museum car park
Parking & Transport
- Coach parking - Adjacent at the D-Day Museum
- On site parking - Adjacent at the D-Day Museum
- On site parking close by
- Railway station within 5 miles
- On-Site cafe/restaurant
- Picnic Site - on communal parkland
- Conference facilities
- Event Venue
- Groups welcome
- Educational Groups
- Family Fun
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted - Most suitable for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. 'Tudor Experience' sessions available.
- Out of Hours Visits
ACCESS TO PUBLIC AREAS (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.
Map & Directions
Public Transport Directions
Nearest stations are Portsmouth & Southsea or Portsmouth Harbour.
|Summer Opening Hours (25 Mar 2016 - 30 Oct 2016)|
* Please note - the Castle will not be open to the general public from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 July inclusive. Open 10am - 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday + Bank Holiday Mondays from 24 March 2016 to 31 October 2016. Open New Year's Day.11am - 3pm, weather permitting. Last entry - 30 minutes before closing time.