Southsea Castle

“A fascinating fortress containing more than 450 years of history.” - VisitEngland Assessor


Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Built in the mid-16th century as part of the country's naval defence network, it was from the ramparts of Southsea Castle that Henry VIII watched the Mary Rose capsize and sink during a battle with French forces in 1545. Today it remains an impressive edifice, its history ready to be explored by those interested in Britain's history.

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Southsea Castle
Clarence Esplanade, PORTSMOUTH, Hampshire, PO5 3PA


About the area

Discover Hampshire

Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.

If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.

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