Free entryParking nearby (fee applies)Seafront locationClose to Castle FieldClose to Southsea Bandstand

Overlooking the Solent and a short walk from The D-Day Story, Southsea Castle is one of Henry VIII’s most impressive defensive structures. Although most of the existing building dates back to the 19th Century, there are several surviving Tudor sections and features. Built to protect Portsmouth against possible French invasion and close to where The Mary Rose sank, Southsea Castle provides a great way to bring local and British history to life. Whatever the focus for your visit and however long you stay, we look forward to welcoming you and your pupils soon.

There’s so much to learn about:
Castles, ships and cannon design
Defence and war
Old Portsmouth: The chain boom
Panoramic views from the battlements
Southsea Castle over the centuries
The Battle of the Solent (Cowdray Engraving)
The Castle Keep (once a military prison)
The explosion of 1759
The loss of the Mary Rose
The moat and lighthouse
The rum ration
The suburb of Southsea
Tudor costume
Tudor gunport reconstruction
With great links to KS1 and KS2:
British and local history
Castles and forts
Clothes and fabrics
Creative writing
Design and technology
Drama and role play
Henry VIII
Inventions and innovation
Portsmouth Harbour
Portsmouth past and present
Ships and the sea
The Mary Rose
War and peace

With group visit times around 1 hour, why not combine your outing to Southsea Castle with:

  • A trip to the internationally recognised museum, The D-Day Story (fee applies).
  • A walk along Southsea Seafront with its historic defences, famous harbour and tourist attractions.
  • A picnic on Castle Field or a visit to one of our other great museums nearby (free).

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