Southsea Castle, historically also known as Chaderton Castle, South Castle and Portsea Castle, is an artillery fort originally constructed by Henry VIII on Portsea Island, Hampshire, in 1544. It formed part of the King's Device programme to protect against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire, and defended the Solent and the eastern approach to Portsmouth. The castle had a square central keep, two rectangular gun platforms to the east and west, and two angled bastions to the front and rear, and was an early English example of the trace italienne-style of fortification popular on the Continent. The Cowdray engraving of the Battle of the Solent in 1545 depicted Henry VIII visiting the castle. Despite several serious fires, it remained in service and saw brief action at the start of the English Civil War in 1642 when it was stormed by Parliamentary forces.
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Michael Reid | Nov 11, 2017
Great place but a few things you need to know. The ramparts and museum close from November to April. The courtyard stays open. A really great little micro brewery in the courtyard sells to take away their great naturally brewed ales. The nice little licensed restaurant only sells savoury food til 3 for some bizarre reason. However the cakes are really good. Enjoy!
Alys TheWitch | Jan 22, 2018
It is a great archaeological and historical site, but in my opinion shouldn't be used as a champagne bar and catered party place. I really enjoyed the historic atmosphere and maybe a reading sanctuary could be much more appropriate
Steven Geib | Mar 3, 2018
Tudor sea defence castle. Very interesting. Nice café on sight.
ismail basaran | Mar 2, 2018
Nice location and view. But much not to see. The castle was closed.
roland j. ruttledge | Dec 3, 2017
'Forts and guns' go with the territory. This one is well looked after. Not very big but well worth it. Entrance is free; donations welcome. Shop, and a cafe. Great venue for happy occasions.
Glenn Bonsor | Mar 21, 2018
Southsea Castle is well worth a visit. Absolutely steeped in history. So much to see and great views of the Solent. Whilst there pay a visit to the Courtyard cafe. You will not be disappointed.
Chani-may Courtney | Apr 3, 2018
Great free resource in Southsea for any weather. Do donate as they reinvest it well in the structure and visitor reseohres. For instance this Easter holidays there's a free craft tent and they are working on the upstairs. Also there was a egg hunt. The café is also a great venue. Visited here a lot and learned a lot with very friendly staff.
Lesley Kamara | Mar 25, 2018
Great location inside a 17th century fort. Excellent food and friendly staff
Will Weston | Apr 29, 2018
Loads to see and do. Lots of interesting facts. Great for kids
Stu Power | Apr 30, 2018
Can't review it as it was closed on a Monday, bit disappointed so check before you go, it does look interesting though
Dave Massey | Jun 9, 2018
I had been looking forward to visiting the castle for the first time in many years and couldn't help but be disappointed. A huge marquee like structure now dominates the central courtyard and quite a few areas of the ramparts were barricaded off and not accessible , however you still get some great views from the areas that are . It's sad to see it become what amounts to a glorified wedding venue, though I understand the need to generate income to go towards the upkeep of this grand old structure.
Diogo Sousa | Jun 7, 2018
Spent 1 hour there. Great place to visit with good view of sea. Good games for children and adults as we came to find. History of the place shown clearly and well presented to all ages. Friendly and helpful staff. Worth the visit .
Monsieur Glouton | May 29, 2018
The castle is great, could do with a little shop maybe but D Day has a cafe too. This review is really more to do with the new water feature outside which is perfect for the kids and the new paving on Brian Kidd Way which they can scoot on. Really good
Wendy Sargent | May 21, 2018
Easy location to find and beautiful views. Good place to take kids and get them interacting. Brewery on site is great with helpful staff. Disappointed in the cafe not friendly and hard to find a menu. Also slightly overpriced for area.
Luke Coring | May 7, 2018
Free entry. Well worth preserved Tudor keep with a few exhibits. Good views over Solent. Nice cafe & very good micro brewery on site. Good place to spend an hour or so.
Daniel Fanner | Jun 16, 2018
One of many quaint historical features of Portsmouth and Southsea. However this one is not just a feature that you can go and learn some local history. Totally free to enter and have a look round giving good views of Southsea common and the solent. A standard souvenirs shop and a cafe where you can try out the beer that is brewed within the castle itself and on the weekends you can go in and look around and buy beer to take out. The run up to the entrance is welll presented as you go past the D-day museum and the fountain are very nice, more so at nigh when they are illuminated.
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