Southsea Castle gets spruced up

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SOUTHSEA Castle has been cleaned in a bid to spruce up its outer walls.

The city council says it is the first time that this type of work has been done on the castle, which was built in 1544 by Henry VIII.

The cleaning work has been carried out over the past three weeks.

It comes as a new cafe is set to open inside the attraction, with Southsea Castle becoming free for visitors from this spring.

Cllr Lee Hunt, who is responsible for leisure issues at the city council, said: ‘Southsea Castle is a fantastic asset to the city and one that we really treasure, the jewel in our crown on the seafront. I’m really pleased that we are able to make it shine ahead of it being free to visitors from this spring.

‘The city council has been working to restore walls, windows and fixtures – inside and out.’

More improvements to the castle will take place later this year, including work on the railings around it and the installation of architectural lighting.