Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle Southsea Castle was built in 1544 by King Henry VIII. Explore the castle, caponier and ramparts with it's unique design and enjoy panoramic views from the top of the Keep of the Isle of Wight and ships on the Solent.

This is the official page for Southsea Castle. Built in 1544, Southsea Castle was part of a series of fortifications built by King Henry VIII along the Portsmouth coast to protect the country from invaders. This fascinating site is where the king watched his favourite warship, the Mary Rose, tragically capsize and sink in 1545. Southsea Castle is open as a historical attraction free of charge between March and October each year. Visitors can explore the keep, enjoy panoramic views from the top of the Keep to the Isle of Wight and Solent before enjoying a bite to eat in the Courtyard Café (open all year). Purchase a gift or two from the Waterfront Gift shop or some beer to take home from the on-site micro brewery. The Castle's event programme includes family activities and trails, plus for adults, the popular Friday night Champagne Bar from May to September. Please note: Some areas of Southsea Castle may be closed or inaccessible for operational purposes, or in the event of a wedding or other event taking place there. To check if there is an event or wedding taking place in the castle, please phone ahead to enquire which parts of the museum are open. If you require any information for your visit, please contact us.

Fantastic display from #rafredarrows yesterday. #DDay75
06/06/2019

Fantastic display from #rafredarrows yesterday. #DDay75

Staff were able to meet veterans from the greatest generation foundation over the weekend. We're looking forward to meet...
05/06/2019

Staff were able to meet veterans from the greatest generation foundation over the weekend. We're looking forward to meeting many more people from around the world over this weeks commemorations #DDay75 #portsmouth

A big thank you to the Waterfront Garden Centre for creating this beautiful welcome arrangement. We can't wait to see th...
31/05/2019

A big thank you to the Waterfront Garden Centre for creating this beautiful welcome arrangement. We can't wait to see the hanging baskets!

The wedding table planter for Southsea Castle has been filled with beautiful fresh flowers

(Psst, did you know we achieved the expensive planter look with a donated tub and some gold paint?!)

Beautiful floral arrangements and a beautiful couple to end our bank holiday. Congratulations! #weddingseason #brideandg...
28/05/2019

Beautiful floral arrangements and a beautiful couple to end our bank holiday. Congratulations! #weddingseason #brideandgroom

A fantastic wedding and reception today. Just look at this amazing cake made by the Sugar Mum Fairy #wedding #cake #mr&m...
27/05/2019

A fantastic wedding and reception today. Just look at this amazing cake made by the Sugar Mum Fairy #wedding #cake #mr&mrs

It's a busy weekend for us. We had a beautiful wedding ceremony yesterday with the bride arriving in style! Looking forw...
26/05/2019

It's a busy weekend for us. We had a beautiful wedding ceremony yesterday with the bride arriving in style! Looking forward to more today.

The Lord Mayors Rural and Seaside Show is on this bank holiday weekend. If you're coming down why not pop into the Castl...
04/05/2019

The Lord Mayors Rural and Seaside Show is on this bank holiday weekend. If you're coming down why not pop into the Castle and enjoy the views!

Some interesting weather today!
03/04/2019

Some interesting weather today!

Spring may have only just sprung, but at Southsea Castle our summer season is about to start! ☀️We'll be re-opening ...
22/03/2019

Spring may have only just sprung, but at Southsea Castle our summer season is about to start! ☀️
We'll be re-opening this Tuesday (26th March) and are very much looking forward to welcoming all our visitors throughout 2019.
Please note, we are still finishing some essential maintenance on the castle, so please bear with our appearance if there's work still going on when you visit. This also means some areas may be inaccessible for a short period. Message us before travelling if you want to double check.

We love that everyone seems to be enjoying our new water feature!That said, it has proved so popular in the recent warm ...
20/07/2018

We love that everyone seems to be enjoying our new water feature!
That said, it has proved so popular in the recent warm weather that we need to carry out some essential maintenance to ensure the filters and jets are working properly. This means the feature will not be operating until the issues are resolved.
We expect everything to be back up and running by next weekend (28th July).

Only a few days left!
04/05/2018

Only a few days left!

To launch our our eco doggy treats at Southsea Castle and The Courtyard, we're running a competition to win a bundle of goodies for your dog, courtesy of Green & Wilds.
All you need to do is tag a snap of your dog having fun around Southsea Castle.

Competition ends midnight on Monday 7th May 2018.
Three lucky winners will be contacted on FB.

Southsea Castle's cover photo
30/04/2018

Southsea Castle's cover photo

Southsea Castle
30/04/2018

Southsea Castle

Competition Time!If you fancy winning some Green & Wilds treats, see the post below.
30/04/2018

Competition Time!
If you fancy winning some Green & Wilds treats, see the post below.

To launch our our eco doggy treats at Southsea Castle and The Courtyard, we're running a competition to win a bundle of goodies for your dog, courtesy of Green & Wilds.
All you need to do is tag a snap of your dog having fun around Southsea Castle.

Competition ends midnight on Monday 7th May 2018.
Three lucky winners will be contacted on FB.

Please note, Southsea Castle will be hosting two weddings this week; one on Thursday (26th) and another on Saturday (28t...
25/04/2018

Please note, Southsea Castle will be hosting two weddings this week; one on Thursday (26th) and another on Saturday (28th). During these dates, certain areas of the castle will be off-limits to visitors. However, The Courtyard Cafe and The Southsea Brewing Company will be open as normal.
If you need help planning your visit, please call the team on 02392 841625.

Southsea Castle is currently closed but you can still visit The Courtyard during winter hours.We will re-open our doors ...
06/03/2018

Southsea Castle is currently closed but you can still visit The Courtyard during winter hours.
We will re-open our doors for the Easter weekend, check back for dates and times. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Team Locals Media
28/12/2017
Team Locals Media

Team Locals Media

Plans for the new water feature are included within Portsmouth City Council’s seafront masterplan. When finished, it will complement other improvements being made to the area as part of the D-Day Museum’s ongoing transformation project.

Southsea Castle is open all week (weather dependent) from 10-4pm so pop in and explore the keep and enjoy a walk on the ...
28/12/2017

Southsea Castle is open all week (weather dependent) from 10-4pm so pop in and explore the keep and enjoy a walk on the seafront.
The Courtyard is also open for a warning hot drink and slice of cake!

The very imaginative and crafty Milly, age 9, all the way from Brisbane Australia created her "mini pumpkin" while visit...
27/10/2017

The very imaginative and crafty Milly, age 9, all the way from Brisbane Australia created her "mini pumpkin" while visiting the Castle for our spooky half term fun activities.
Great job Milly!

Southsea Castle's cover photo
27/10/2017

Southsea Castle's cover photo

Courtesy of Tom Goss Photography
27/10/2017

Courtesy of Tom Goss Photography

Portsmouth Darkfest
27/10/2017

Portsmouth Darkfest

Last night Portsmouth Darkfest began with Cure or Be Cured at Southsea Castle. The castle became an eerie haven from the plague outside the walls, with an atmospheric experience produced by The Front Room.

Words, music and immersive theatre from local creatives created a unique event to begin our month-long celebration of the darker corners of Portsmouth's imagination. Thanks to everyone who experienced this sell-out show.

Make the most of the rest of half term and take part in Halloween crafts, trails and spooky tunnels! We're only open unt...
27/10/2017

Make the most of the rest of half term and take part in Halloween crafts, trails and spooky tunnels! We're only open until Sunday 29 October, 10-4.30pm

22/10/2017
Great South Run

What an exciting day we have had at the castle!
Well done to everyone involved in todays Great South Run.

Go go go! Share your messages of support in the comments 👇🏻👇🏻

Well done everyone who raced today!Please note that many parts of the castle are closed today to give the fantastic volu...
22/10/2017

Well done everyone who raced today!
Please note that many parts of the castle are closed today to give the fantastic volunteers and runners a place to rest and recover.
Apologies for any inconveinience this may cause.

The The Courtyard cafe is still open as usual as is The Southsea Brewing Company so why not grab a drink and enjoy the seafront before you head home?

D-Day war veteran 98-year-old John Jenkins MBE did us the honour of being one of the official starters today 🎖

Please be aware, Southsea Brewery will now be closed on Sundays for the next few weeks for their reduced winter hours so...
08/10/2017

Please be aware, Southsea Brewery will now be closed on Sundays for the next few weeks for their reduced winter hours so make sure to pop in on a Saturday if you fancy a beer.

Hi everyone, we've been a bit quiet on here lately, but we've got some good news to share...
Six Wives Chocolate Milk Stout is back and will be ready on 25th November!
Also Searchlight Smoked Porter is brewing at the moment, along with something new - a Double Dry Hopped Mango Imperial IPA! 😋

The nights are drawing in and we are reducing our weekend opening times to just Saturdays for a few weeks, but in the lead up to Xmas we will be opening for a few extra dates for all your gifting needs. 🎄🎁🎊
Opening times from 7th October:
Saturdays 12-4pm
Sundays Closed.
25th November onwards:
Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm
20th - 24th December 3-6pm

That's all for now
Cheers! 🍺😃👍

Fab photo, thanks for sharing with us!
08/10/2017

Fab photo, thanks for sharing with us!

So I'm back from the UK, lives will be starting again this week.
In the mean time here is a photo from my trip ;)
https://www.facebook.com/SouthseaCastle/

01/10/2017
The Courtyard

The Courtyard

We're recruiting!
We're looking for a hard working, dedicated person to join our team FOH for busy weekend shifts.
If you are interested in the position please send us a message.

Please note, we start our winter opening hours.The last entry to Southsea Castle is 4.30pm with a 5pm close.We will be o...
01/10/2017

Please note, we start our winter opening hours.
The last entry to Southsea Castle is 4.30pm with a 5pm close.
We will be open until Sunday 29 October and then we close for our winter hibernation!

But The Courtyard is still open all year round. Please check their page for details of opening hours.

Pop Up Pug Pub
01/10/2017

Pop Up Pug Pub

In the Portsmouth News Today! Southsea Castle The Courtyard Snuffle Dog Beer UK

Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team
01/10/2017

Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team

Owing so much to our D-Day and Normandy veterans, it was an absolute honour to perform today's parachute display at their annual reunion in Portsmouth, in association with the Spirit of Normandy Trust. #RedDevilsDisplay #RedDevilsFreefallTeam British Army 16 Air Assault Brigade The Parachute Regiment Southsea Southsea Castle Normandy, France

Come and take a look at Simon Whitcomb's quirky artwork here at Southsea castle today...We have a small bejou makers mar...
24/09/2017

Come and take a look at Simon Whitcomb's quirky artwork here at Southsea castle today...
We have a small bejou makers market today but please pop by as there's also a pug party at The Courtyard!

Arrr me harteys!! It be international talk like a pirate day! Come to Southsea Castle and take part in our pirate trail....
19/09/2017

Arrr me harteys!! It be international talk like a pirate day! Come to Southsea Castle and take part in our pirate trail.. there might be gold!

Have you completed the summer reading challenge?Make sure your children get their well-deserved certificate and medal. W...
17/09/2017

Have you completed the summer reading challenge?
Make sure your children get their well-deserved certificate and medal. We're looking forward to seeing you all at the massive winners' event at Southsea Castle, today!

Aarr! Tuesday 19 September is international pirate day! Why not fill yer boots at Southsea Castle, our shop has all yer ...
15/09/2017

Aarr! Tuesday 19 September is international pirate day! Why not fill yer boots at Southsea Castle, our shop has all yer pirate needs!

Don't forget to finish the Summer Reading Challenge!Once you've finished reading your 6 books, you can collect your cert...
08/09/2017

Don't forget to finish the Summer Reading Challenge!
Once you've finished reading your 6 books, you can collect your certificate and medal at the winner's event here at Southsea Castle on Sunday 17 September.

More details coming soon.

3000 children from Portsmouth have signed up to Animal Agents, this year's Summer Reading Challenge. Fantastic news! If the kids have not quite finished reading six books, there is still plenty of time for them to get to their local library before the winners' event at Southsea Castle on Sunday 17th September. We want to see as many children as possible win their certificate and medal!

Champagne Bar Southsea Castle
08/09/2017

Champagne Bar Southsea Castle

It's our end of season closing party tonight folks!

We won't be back until Summer 2018!

Join us and celebrate in style by sipping fizz in the stunning setting of Southsea Castle!

DJs Gentle Bren and Elliott Gregg will be supplying all things hip hop, funk, R'n'B, party and a photo booth to capture your Champagne Bar moments- it's going to be awesome!

Tickets £10 - Available here:
https://www.ticketline.co.uk/southsea-castle-champagne-bar…
(fees apply)

#friday #closingparty #elliottgregg #gentlebren #champagnebar #southseacastle

Please note, there will be restricted access to large parts of the Castle tomorrow (7th September) between 11am and 2pm ...
06/09/2017

Please note, there will be restricted access to large parts of the Castle tomorrow (7th September) between 11am and 2pm as there will be a wedding on site. However, The Courtyard restaurant will still be open.

It's the final day of Victorious Festival and we're looking forward to welcoming you all back to the castle for more liv...
27/08/2017

It's the final day of Victorious Festival and we're looking forward to welcoming you all back to the castle for more live DJ sets and great views.
Don't forget to pack your sun cream!

Welcome Victorious! Come and join us at Sotusea Castle Champagne Bar and enjoy live DJ sets from 11-10.30pm. We also hav...
26/08/2017

Welcome Victorious! Come and join us at Sotusea Castle Champagne Bar and enjoy live DJ sets from 11-10.30pm. We also have the museum and shop open until 5pm Saturday and Sunday!

23/08/2017

Please note that the museum will be closed to the general public on Saturday & Sunday.

We will be open to Victorious ticket holders only during the Victorious Festival on Saturday & Sunday. The The Courtyard will also be open to Victorious ticket holders only.

Come and pop by the castle today for our Mary Rose Takeover!It's a completely free event, finishing today at 5pm.
16/08/2017

Come and pop by the castle today for our Mary Rose Takeover!
It's a completely free event, finishing today at 5pm.

Address

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

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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