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Southsea Castle

Built in 1544 at the behest of Henry VIII, Southsea Castle has enjoyed a long and healthy life, although it has long since retired from military service. It now maintains its 19th-century appearance thanks to Portsmouth Council.

Henry's ship, the Mary Rose, tragically sank right in front of the castle just before the completion of the building.

The castle has only been under siege once - by Parliamentarian forces during the English Civil War. Since its defensive days, the building has been used as a military prison, among other things. Its lighthouse was built in the 1820s and is still in use today.

Southsea Castle, Portsmouth. © Portsmouth Museums & Records Service

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When: Apr - Sep 2013 (annual)

Where: Portsmouth

Cost: £3.50; seniors £3; children and concessions £2.50; family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £9.50

Opening Hours: Daily 10am-5.30pm

Address: Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth, PO5 3PA

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