South East England - Portsmouth

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8. Southsea Castle and Museum

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Southsea Castle and Museum

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. 

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. 

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. The Castle left military service as recently as 1960.
Today visitors can tour the castle and museum. Be guided by the Ghost of the Master Gunner around the tunnels and chambers, taking you through centuries of history from King Hnery VIII flying into a rage due to delays in the building schedule, the sinking of the Mary Rose, the English Civil War and a gunpowder explosion in 1759.  

Southsea Castle Address:
Southsea Castle
Clarence Esplanade
England, UK 

Southsea Castle Opening Times:
April to September 10.00 am to 5.30 pm
The museum is closed between October and March except by prior group booking
Last entry 30 minutes before closing 

Southsea Castle Admission:
Adult  £3.50
Senior Citizen  £3.00
Child, Student and UB40 holders  £2.50
Family (Two Adults and Two Children)  £9.50
Adult 2.80
Senior Citizen £2.40
Child £2.00
Educational Groups and Military Personnel £1.70 

T  +44 (0)23 9282 7261

F  +44 (0)23 9287 5276

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