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Southsea Castle - Hampshire

Southsea Castle was built by Henry VIII between 1544 and 1545 to protect Portsmouth against possible French invasion. Its revolutionary design provided for the most efficient use of guns in attack or defence now that artillery dominated warfare. In the early 19th century, the castle was substantially altered to accommodate extra guns and a larger garrison of 200 men. The most significant addition of this period was an underground tunnel around the moat, which you can still enter. The castle was only withdrawn from active service in 1960. In our amazing Time Tunnel the Ghost of the Castle's first master gunner guides you through the most dramatic scenes from the castle's eventful history.  The Castle's keep is open Tues-sun 10am-5pm and is admission free for all vistors. There is also The Courtyard cafe and restaurant within the Castle grounds which is open most days from 9-30am-5pm. The Castle is only half a mile along the promenade from The Guest House.


Southsea is a seaside resort and geographic area, located in Portsmouth at the southern end of Portsea Island, Hampshire, England. Southsea is located to the south of Portsmouth city centre and to the east of Old Portsmouth.
There is an abundance of thing to see and do in Southsea. The promenade is over a mile long and take in The Sea life Centre, Southsea Castle, D-Day Museum and Rock Gardens. At the eastern end of the promenade you will find South Parade Pier and the Boating Lake, which has Cafes, Childerns playing areas, Peddle boats, Tennis courts and Lumps Fort which is now a walled Rose garden plus a large green open space to relax in.

Eastney Beam Engine House

Eastney Beam Engine House is a Grade II -listed Victorian engine house in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. Dating from 1887, it contains two 150 hp James Watt &Co. beam engines. The pumps were built as part of a plan to improve Portsmouth's sewage system.

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Modern collection of natural history exhibits including dinosaurs, fossils &a working beehive.

Southsea Model Village

Southsea Model Village is a 1/12th scale village built in 1956. We are located on Southsea seafront next to the canoe lake and rose gardens. Just 30 seconds walk from the beach. There is also ample parking only 100 yards walk away.

The model village is a delightful place to spend time for both young and old. Set in beautifully maintained gardens with 100s of different varieties of flowers it truly is a great place to spend a afternoon or day. 

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