Staff recommendations

Our staff members and volunteers pick their highlights.

The arrows

" Why I love it...

These arrow marks are easy to miss, but can be found all around the castle. The arrow is a symbol used to indicate government manufacture and ownership.

Most of the arrow symbols in the castle are found on the newer red bricks which were added when Southsea Castle was reconstructed by Major-General Fisher in 1813-14.

Ruth

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Lighthouse optic

" Why I love it...

I particularly like the magnifying lighthouse refractive bulbs and lenses on display inside the Keep. I have a fascination not only with lighthouses but also Victorian and Edwardian technology, so I really do like seeing these.

Gabriele

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The ramparts

" Why I love it...

The ramparts of Southsea Castle on a quiet morning are one of my favourite places. Here you’re surrounded by history, not to mention the fabulous views of the ever changing seascape of the Solent to the Isle of Wight. You can find the buoy the marks the wreck of the Mary Rose and imagine Henry VIII watching her sinking.

Jane Singh, Museums and Visitor Services Manager

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