Collections and stories

Southsea Castle has had a rich and varied history. This 16th century fortification began life as King Henry VIII’s personal project and was where he stood to watch the sinking of The Mary Rose. It would then go on to suffer fire, explosions and even being surrounded by parliamentarian forces to drag out a drunken royalist commander.

Today the castle is a museum and popular visitor attraction, which makes it more able than ever before to tell its history. Follow the links below to read stories about the castle, discover its heritage and look through the collection.