Facilities at Portchester Castle

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    Free parking located just outside the castle, less than 200 metres from entrance. Contains about 100 spaces. (Managed by Fareham Borough Council.) Contains 3 coach bays.

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    Food and Drink

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    Small selection of snacks, hot and cold drinks are sold on site. There is also a tea room at the Church nearby which is run by church volunteers.

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    Picnic Area

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    The entire Outer Bailey is ideal for picnicking. There are picnic benches and a grass area for picnicking in the Inner Bailey. No barbecues, tents or gazebos allowed.

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    Shop

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    Gift shop sells snacks, toys and games, stationery, souvenirs and guidebooks.

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    Toilets

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    There are no toilet facilities on site. The nearest toilets are located in the large car park outside the castle walls.

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    Dogs

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    Dogs on leads are welcome in the Outer Bailey, but not allowed into the Inner Bailey or Keep.

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    Exhibition

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    An exhibition on the ground floor of the Keep interprets the history of the castle and Portchester village, and displays finds excavated on site from Roman, Saxon, Medieval and Napoleonic periods. There is a ramp which leads to the exhibition.

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    Gardens

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    No formal gardens, but over 9 acres of grass area in outer Bailey which is well maintained and ideal for picnicking. There is a also a moat. There is an outer walk which circles the castle with stunning views of the harbour and coastline.

    There is plenty of room for family actives and walks. Ball games and kites are allowed.

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    Audio Tours

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    Yes, included in the price. Allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. The audio tour explains life in the castle over the centuries, from the point of view of some of the people who worked or were incarcerated there.

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    Family Friendly

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    Pushchairs Allowed

    Pushchairs welcome, but can only access ground floor levels. Pushchairs may be left in Inner Bailey.

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    Education

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    Interpretation for Children

    'Big Book of Castles' aimed at younger visitors, located in exhibition in the Keep.

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    Please be aware

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    Top of the Keep is not ideal for sufferers of vertigo.

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    International

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    Foreign Language Audio Tours

    French

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    Commercial Photography and Filming

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    English Heritage welcomes amateur photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures of your visit with us on social media.

    If you are looking to use one of our sites for commercial, corporate or professional photography or as a filming location, please contact our filming team as soon as possible to check availability and acquire the relevant permissions and paperwork.

    Due to the delicate nature of our sites, English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

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