Anyone who has seen Portchester Castle near Fareham in Hampshire cannot fail to be impressed.
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn once holidayed at Portchester but the castle’s origins go back to Roman times.
Portchester is one of the best preserved of the Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ forts and was built in the 3rd century. Covering ten acres, it is the only Roman stronghold in northern Europe whose walls still stand mainly to their original height and with many of its original towers.
Portchester was in the front line in the Hundred Years War, was transformed into a palace by Richard II and was later used as a prison.
The Portchester Castle museum tells the story of this eventful history and from the towers there are spectacular views over the Solent.
The great guns of the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson look out over Portchester and the Solent from their commanding position on Portsdown Hill and nearby you’ll also find the military attractions of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Southsea Castle.
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