‪Portchester Castle‬

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PhilMerridan
‪St. Albans‬, UK500 مساهمة
زوجان • مايو 2022
‪Visited midweek so it wasn’t that busy & we managed to park right opposite ( £1/hour ). A great place to walk round & well worth going up the tower but try & use the wooden steps inside although you will have to use some of the concrete steps. Well worth going to the top to see the view across to Portsmouth.
There is also a tea room right next to the on site church. Great to walk around the wall & by the waters edge.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 20 مايو 2022
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David K
مساهمتيْن
مايو 2022
‪Really nice day and had a lovely time but left a little disappointed. English Heritage emphasise it being an impressive 'Saxon shore fort' but there is little about this. I hoped to find out about it's building, how it was manned, how often it was called to action etc but it's role as a prisoner of war camp is highlighted much more. Saying that it is a lovely location for views across the harbour and a picnic but a lot of this can be found without paying for entry.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 19 مايو 2022
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AvidTraveler12
وينشستر, UK1,615 مساهمة
مايو 2022
‪It's not really hidden as it is a 9 acre site but it is a gem.
Easy to drive to, a smallish car park, as we arrived on a weekday in May at 10am there was plenty of room.
The walls of the castle are Roman and the castle keep is Norman. There is no access to walk on the walls. Lots of green lawns, a few couples were having a picnic and kids were playing. The grounds including the church are free to enter, the keep is run by English Heritage and there is a charge. Staff who run the keep were very helpful. Views from the top of the keep are spectacular.
There is a coffee shop next to the church with inside & outside seating. Outside seating is beside the church graveyard. A walk round the outside of the castle is interesting with views of Portsmouth dockyards and other areas of interest.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 10 مايو 2022
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MokkaCV
‪East Sussex‬, UK5 مساهمات
زوجان • أبريل 2022
‪Very friendly staff. Spent a few hours here walking the grounds and castle.
The climb up to the top of the tower using the spiral stairs is narrow and steep but well worth it for the views at the top.
There is a little refreshment van outside the castle in the grounds.
The car park isn’t very big and is free to English heritage members .‬
كُتب بتاريخ 4 مايو 2022
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Ronnie
‪Hampshire‬, UK7 مساهمات
العائلة • أبريل 2022
‪We visited Portchester Castle with our four children - There was a car park just outside, this was quite small and luckily there were spaces available at the time..I didn’t notice any other car parking? But then I suppose I wasn’t on the look out as such. But could be an issue if that one was full. On entry into the castle grounds there is a huge green area, with lovely food trucks set up selling hot drinks and snacks. This area was taken up by families having picnics, children playing sports, dog walkers - and it is overlooked by the entire castle. This part is free to get in to so a lovely spot even if you didn’t visit the castle itself. Coming into the castle you walk across the moat and you’re surrounded by the castle walls which is visually so impressive. Entry is via the gift shop (which had some really great gifts and treats on sale at a reasonable price) Free audio guides are available too. Outside, there is a courtyard and the ruins of the castle, lots of information stands giving the history of each area. The tower is well preserved and was our most favourite part - We love to find castles that still have the typical spiral stair case preserved and in use for the public, just as Portchester does. The very top of the stairs leads to the castle roof with incredible views across Portsmouth & the Solent. Inside there is a number of different levels to explore and things to see including genuine artefacts etc. Brilliant visit for both children and adults and one we will definitely come back to!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 3 مايو 2022
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Hayley M
15 مساهمة
أبريل 2022
‪Spent a couple of hours here on Easter Sunday, lovely castle excellent customer service and the climb to the tower is definitely worth it for the views.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 20 أبريل 2022
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Chris H
مساهمتيْن
أبريل 2022
‪We had a great day at Portchester Castle on Easter Saturday. The castle itself was really interesting, a very impressive building with lots of fascinating artefacts inside; they ranged from Stone-age, through Roman, Saxon, Norman, Medieval, the Napoleonic Wars and the First World War too. During the Napoleonic Wars Prisoners of War were allowed to build a theatre there and put on plays to give themselves an interest in life. The audio tour made our visit even more interesting.
The grounds themselves were lovely and the Staff so helpful and friendly. To finish the day we had a really lovely Afternoon Tea at St Mary’s Church, which is within the Castle grounds. We ended the day with a walk round the outside of the Castle to enjoy the great sea views.
It was a brilliant day. Thank you all so much.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 18 أبريل 2022
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Lucy T
جزيرة وايت, UK159 مساهمة
العائلة • مارس 2022
‪We really enjoyed our visit. It’s not a huge place but I am a big fan of English Heritage sites and it’s well worth going to. The views from the top of the keep are amazing! A huge shout out to Sarah who was on admissions for the day who’s customer service was exemplary.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 29 مارس 2022
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OdieUK
دورست, UK199 مساهمة
الأصدقاء • مارس 2022
‪Owned by English heritage located at the top of portsmouth harbour

Access is down a narrow residential street so please respect neighbours! Their are two ‘pay’ car parks though tax exempt/blue badge may park for free. Note these car parks are patrolled by traffic wardens - so don’t risk a freebie - we saw three cars being ticketed!

Their are public toilets by the main car park. To be honest the gents was disgusting with one lock up blocked !

Most of the castle is free to enter with a great grassy green for play and sunbathe. Their is a tea room but we used the artisan vans that sell drinks, ice cream, toasties, cakes etc, be warned the queues get long and their are very few tables and chairs. This area is popular with dog walkers and everyone including owners were well behaved

The rest of the castle (the keep etc) is a pay area at current English heritage rates. It’s worth climbing the gawd knows how many steps to the top for the awesome view over the surrounding area and harbour

It’s well worth a visit !!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 27 مارس 2022
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colin s
بروتسموث, UK5 مساهمات
فبراير 2022
‪Firstly, Portchester Castle is an impressive place to visit.
With it's 2,000 year-old surrounding Roman outer walls and its 90 ft high castle Keep which dates back around 1.000 years, the 9-acre site is well-kept and maintained.
In the far corner of the grounds is St Mary's church -originating in the 1130's and where regular worship continues to this day.
Entry to the grounds is free, and so a great place for picnicking on the expansive grass and for family ball-games etc.
English Heritage maintain the castle, and so there is a -not at all unreasonable- charge to enter the actual Norman and medieval castle remains.
The most important part to visit is the impressive Keep. The internal mezzanine floors are accessed by the stone spiral staircase which runs from the basement right up to the very top -where there are great views across Portsmouth Harbour and the surroundings areas for anyone who does not suffer from vertigo!
There are alternative wooden staircases for ascending to the internal floors -but these are both steep and very wide -so not recommended for anyone who is in any way physically incapacitated. Similarly, the stone spiral staircases would also not be suitable for any visitors with any physical limitations. But all this is totally understandable, as it would be difficult to make this most important historic and Grade 1 listed and Scheduled Ancient Monument more access-friendly without in any way compromising its historical importance.
There are placards with information and illustrations positioned throughout the site and remains regarding the history of the castle throughout its various eras. This included being used as a royal castle, and then subsequently when sold into private hands -as also importantly when utilised in the 17th century to house some 500 prisoners during the various wars with the continent.
So why only give it a four-star rating?
Unfortunately, there is one drawback -and it is a significant one- which I have found when taking any small parties of visitors to the castle- and which very much spoils the visit instead of enhancing it.
And this is the audio-guide which can be obtained from the ticket-office/'souvenir-shop' as part of the entrance package.
Around five years ago, the original audio-guide was exemplary.
It detailed the full history of the castle -but by enacting it using a supposed English and a similar French-accented character, which then brought the history of the castle 'alive' in a most entertaining and amusing way. There were numbered posts at strategic points in both the exterior medieval ruins as also inside the Keep aligned with the narrative.
However, on one of my subsequent visits with a small party of visitors a couple of years later, it was most disappointing to find that this excellent audio guide had been unnecessarily replaced by a newer version, which was sadly inferior. Not only did the humorous acted narrative no longer provide such detail regarding the sorry state the prisoners were kept in for instance, but the audio-guide narrative often no longer synchronised with placement of the numbered posts throughout the site. It would be narrating historical information of areas you were not actually positioned in.
On leaving the castle, I took time to explain my disappointment with the unnecessarily 'improved' guide, but the reaction of the staff was unfortunately dismissive.
On returning this past week with a similar small party of enthusiastic student-aged visitors -mainly from the USA- I was even further displeased to find that the audio guide had been replaced once again. However, this latest reincarnation dispenses with the posts around the site being numbered in any way at all regarding the chronological order of the castle's history. When I raised my disappointment once again with the staff, I was informed -unfortunately rather imperiously- that the new audio-guide now 'enables visitors to "create their own personal journey experience"' around the castle -so encountering the various areas in a completely random and orderless manner.
I will not comment here further -but merely suggest that if you do not have time on your planned visit to first stand and read through the English Heritage booklet guide on sale in the shop in order to plan your route through the site in a reasoned order, that you instead first read through the excellent and concise history available to print off free of charge on Wikipedia.
You will then be free to thoroughly enjoy and experience a well-informed visit to an otherwise exceptionally impressive and important site.
There is free car-parking, and also public-conveniences just outside the main entrance to the site.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 27 فبراير 2022
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