Portchester Castle, Portchester, Fareham, Hampshire
With its commanding location on the clifftop overlooking the Solent, it’s no surprise that Portchester Castle has played a key part in the defence of Portsmouth harbour for centuries. What’s amazing is how well it’s stood the test of time and how incredibly well preserved it is – especially when you consider that it was built by the Romans in the 3rd century AD. Go and have a look round and you’ll see exactly what we mean. It’s a good thing for families to do anyhow, in fact anyone who likes history will find it fascinating. There are exhibitions, displays and audio tours that tell you more about the history of Portchester Castle and what life was like there over a varied past where it served as a Saxon Settlement, a Norman Castle and a prisoner of war camp.
Make the most of your visit and linger on the grass in the inner bailey for a picnic, or sit up at benches in the outer bailey; otherwise stroll along to the church close by and you’ll find a little tea room run by a group of volunteers, which is all very quaint and terribly English. There’s a walk you can do that circles the castle and gives you staggering views of the coastline, and there’s plenty of space for ball games and kite flying.
Opening times vary throughout the year so check website.
T: 0370 333 1181 All information correct at the time of writing