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Southsea Castle

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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 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.

Southsea Castle has limited accessibility to the site. There are stairs within the keep and walls. Induction loops for hearing impaired visitors are installed around the castle. There is an accessible toilet. Parking spaces for disabled visitors are available in the car park next to the D-Day Museum.

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Season Running Dates Opening Times
31st March - 13th September 10:00-17:00 Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun

Average time spent at attraction: 120 minutes

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Southsea Castle Map

Southsea Castle
Clarence Esplanade

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10 minutes walk up Clarence Esplanade