Southsea Castle

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General Information

Southsea Castle (Chaderton Castle or Portsea Castle) is an artillery fort situated in Portsmouth, England. The castle was built in 1544 on the orders of Henry VIII as part of the King’s program to protect against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire. The castle consists of a square central keep, two gun platforms and two angled bastions. Over the centuries it was improved and last used for its original purpose during the Second World War. In 1960 the castle was sold to Portsmouth Council who restored the castle and opened it to the public as a tourist attraction.

Getting there

The castle has a car park close by if you are planning to visit by car. Public transport to the Southsea area in which the castle is located is limited to a bus service, the 16 bus stops near the castle.

Opening Times and Admission

The castle is open six days of the week, Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm. Admission to the castle is free.

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  • Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3PA, England
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  • 023 9284 1625

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