Southsea Castle

Portsmouth
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

Southsea Castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by Henry VIII around England's coasts to protect the country from invaders. Built in 1544, the work was barely complete when the Mary Rose, Henry VIII's famous Tudor warship, tragically sank in the Solent in front of the castle. The castle was only ever captured once, nearly a century later,  when it fell to Parliamentarian forces during the Civil War.

Places to visit nearby

Portsmouth is an historic port on the south coast of England, that has been home to the British Royal Navy for more than 800 years.

Cherbourg, in Normandy, is a port town with a seafaring history that is second to none.

Nearby attractions

Portsmouth's Blue Reef Aquarium overlooks the Solent and immerses visitors in the beauty of the natural world that exists in our seas.

The City Museum explores Portsmouth's rich and diverse history through a wide variety of excellent collections.

One of Portsmouth's most instantly recognisable sights, the Spinnaker Tower is a stunning 170m high structure, with a sail-like design, that stands by the quayside.