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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Portchester Castle: Portsmouth's Hidden Gem

UK Travel Blogger Visit to Portchester CastleI say 'hidden' gem, but Portchester Castle is pretty difficult to conceal!  Located at the northern end of Portsmouth Harbour, the medieval castle is built within a former Roman fort.  I've only ever visited Portsmouth a handful of times and so I'll be the first to admit I had absolutely no idea Portsmouth was harbouring (excuse the pun) such a special place!  Honestly?  Castle ruins can be just as special as those packed full with furniture; at the very least, it paves the way for you to use your imagination.  With barely anyone around and an afternoon of non-stop sunshine, it was time to explore...
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Besides the obvious exterior, up many (many MANY) narrow steps, you'll find Richard II's former Palace, as well as The Great Tower.  In the early 19th Century, the latter had extra floors inserted to accommodate thousands of prisoners, which also saw one of the basement rooms converted into a theatre by French prisoners of war.  Bizarre, I know.  But fascinating!
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To cut a long story short, Portchester Castle is well worth venturing to when you next find yourself in the area - if I've managed to pique your curiosity!  It makes for the perfect day trip and particularly for those interested in castles and/or the great outdoors.  It's less about what there is to do, and more about what there is to see.  Have you been to any castles recently - ruins, or otherwise?!  Let me know in the comments below - immerse me in castle-talk!!

Portchester Castle
Church Road
Portchester
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With love,

Gabrielle x

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56 comments

  1. How beautiful is this Castle! Trust you had a great time.

    Funmi xx
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  2. Gorgeous location! The subtle shade of the pink suede jacket is a beautiful contrast with the monochromatic background!

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  3. Looks like such a fun place to explore. I wish there were castles like this (or castles at all haha) around where I am!

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  4. What a gorgeous place. Seems like you've had a wonderful time!

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  5. What a beautiful and interesting place to explore! I love your pink jacket btw!

    Tina
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  6. wow, looks great! I'd never Heard of it, thanks for sharing!
    S

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  7. Medieval? Castle? You're killing me. Not that I've had the opportunity to ever visit a castle, I can easily understand how castle ruins are just as exciting to visit. They're just as inspiring to see photos of. A bit of imagination goes a long way. It's all very fascinating!

    I hope the rest of your week treats you well Gabrielle!

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  8. Gabrielle, you always visit the most amazing places, your blog makes me want to get up from my computer and get on a plane right away. I only wish I can visit a castle like this soon, there's not a lot of castles where I live. BTW, you jacket is completely adorable.
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  9. Looks definitely like a hidden gem! Thanks for sharing this beautiful castle - I see you defnitely have chosen the perfect time to explore this ruin! And I love your outfit, too, it suits very well to the location.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  10. Such a beautiful place! I've been in the city just once, on our way to the Isle of Wight. Need to re-visit now! Your blog is so inspirational! It's a total gem for those who are exploring UK. As I said before for me it's better that Times or Guardian guides!
    Kira
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  11. I love coming to your blog and learning about a historical landmark! Fashionable and educational at the same time! Ha!

    -Lena
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  12. Once again I love your photos and your posts make me travelling and discovering the prettiest places! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  13. The castle looks lovely and like a great day for exploration. Haha you always makes me want to visit more places. Hope you're having a lovely week! Xx

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  14. Such a beautiful castle, love all of your photos!!

    xo,

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  15. I really love this post :)

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  16. That place look so medieval, it reminds me of the Outlander series :)

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

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  17. Gabrielle, I am guessing already by now you know all the great castles in Uk. May I just say, that pink jacket it's so pretty! I am currently preparing an outfit with pink and that jacket would work fantastic. I love that color and fits you very well, brightens up your beautiful face.

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  18. This castle is so so beautiful!! And I loveee that pink jacket! xx

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  19. Portchester Castle look amazing, you are right Gabriella, this castle would be difficult to conceal. Visiting castle ruins is so much fun. You never know what you are going to find. I can’t imagine living in a castle, they seem so big and cold and a bit lonely. Loving that Jacket :)

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  20. The pics look amazing! And you look stunning. :)

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  21. I love exploring castles and ruins!! I always have so much fun trying to imagine what it was like back then!

    Your ourfit looks very chic and perfect to explore!

    Andrea.

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  22. Wow, what a beautiful looking castle! I'm planning on going to Portsmouth in a few months so will bear it in mind, thank you!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
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  23. I love visiting castles like this one and imagine what life must have been like in the past!

    ANOUK

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  24. So gorgeous! I can only imagine what it must have looked like when it was first built!! Definitely putting it on my list of places I want to see.

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  25. I do love walking around ruins and let my imagination runs wild thinking whom and what happened at the very same ground centuries ago.

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  26. I love your castle adventures Gabrielle, they always inspire me to see more of the U.K. Why is it that the weather always looks stunning too, it never seems to be that nice when I plan on doing something! Another one to add to my list, thanks for sharing.
    Jaz xoxo
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  27. what an amazing place! I Have to visit this!

    ♥ Joana
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  28. Lovely post. I love exploring ruins and finding out about the history. Your posts are always great to read. Loved it. xoxo Cris
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  29. Will definitely visit Portchester Castle next time I am in the area - looks absolutely gorgeous! Have a lovely weekend, Gabrielle!

    Miriam xx
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  30. Amazing pictures !
    I love the dark tons of it contrasting with your fabulous pink perfecto !
    xx,
    Margot
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  31. This castle is eerie, yet breathtaking! I also love those moto jackets you've linked to. You look gorgeous! My wedding venue is actually a castle - I can't wait to share the photos with you this November!!

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  32. I like to visit castles ;) Great pictures and thanks for sharing ;)

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  33. wow such a cool castle - I like so much this hanging paper birds :-) Youe have such a lovely cute coat xx

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  34. Omg Gabrielle you look so gorgeous in the pink jacket!
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  35. ahahaha! Well I literally live in the middle of roman ruins since my place is in the archological part of Rome! ^^
    But I can understand how fun is to explore ruins, especially if it's a castle!
    Amazing photos, dear, you look very very pretty!
    And I love your jacket!
    XO
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  36. I hadn't heard of that castle Gabrielle! So interesting!
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  37. Oooh I quite like wandering around castles and castle ruins - I find them to be really creepy but nice to look at too! x

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  38. this place is amazing! great shots!

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  39. the place looks fantastic and even better through the eyes of your lens. You take such gorgeous photos <3

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  40. What a great place and I love your pink jacket. Gemma x
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  41. This place looks amazing!! You probably felt like a princess when you visited! Xx Susanne - http://bagatyou.com

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  42. This is really a gorgeous hidden gem. I love your outfit here it is so pretty and perfect for fall! I am so glad it is finally here this season will be amazing. I really adore your jacket <3 :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/09/the-10-fall-fashion-commandments.html

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  43. I love medieval castles. Can you imagine if those walls could only talk? The incredible stories they would tell. Such a beautiful backdrop for your pictures. You look great in the pink jacket.

    xx
    Nikki
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  44. I think I actually prefer castle ruins to actual castles, maybe because I get to use my imagination and there's something so beautiful about them! I LOVE your jacket, looks so cosy!
    Amy xx
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  45. que fotos mas bonitas, que castillo mas chulo

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  46. I love that you're taking us through these wonderful locations through your blog. Keep it up, Gabrielle!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  47. This castle look so amazing! I love how artistic your photos are, such a great post!

    Have a lovely day!
    xx Kris | https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

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  48. Have a wonderful and very happy start into the new week!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  49. Theatre by French prisoners of war – now that's a must see show! I wonder what they did?!

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  50. I really love your jacket! Perfect shade of blush pink :)

    Angelie // Chopstop - SM Bacoor

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