Visitor Information

Portsmouth City Council is currently scaling back to only the business-critical operations in light of the latest guidelines around the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. As such, Southsea Castle will be closed until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience.


Opening Times

Southsea Castle is now in its winter season. The Courtyard is open as usual, but the Keep is now closed until spring.

The Courtyard Cafe (located inside the Castle) is open throughout the year: see below. There is no access to the rest of the Castle outside the Castle's normal opening times.

Last entry to Southsea Castle 30 minutes before closing time.

Some areas of Southsea Castle may be closed or inaccessible for operational purposes, or in the event of a wedding or other event taking place there. To check if there is an event or wedding taking place in the castle, please phone ahead to enquire which parts of the museum are open.

If you require any information for your visit, please contact us.

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, there may be rare occasions when we cannot open the museum as advertised. If you are making a special journey please check before visiting.

Admission: Free admission for all visitors.

Children aged under 13 must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the keep and ramparts.

Dogs are welcome in the courtyard. Trained Assistance dogs welcome within the museum and shop.

Please click here to see the admission charges for all our museums.

Education and Groups: For all enquiries and group visits please telephone 023 9283 4744 / 4737 or click here to email us, stating your name, school contact details, number/age of children, which museum/exhibition/workshop you are interested in and your preferred dates/times  If enquiring at weekends or when the museum's group department is unavailable, please contact Southsea Castle directly.

Southsea Castle Tunnel Walks

The Southsea Castle Tunnels have been re-opened for guided walks, to allow you to explore further into the fortification. These free tours will take place on Wednesdays and Sundays at 11am and 11.15am during the castle's summer season.

Places on each walk are limited to 20 so please book ahead by speaking to a member of staff in the Waterfront Gifts shop. Alternatively, call 02392 841625 to book your place. Please phone ahead for further information, or to check tours are running on the day you intend to visit.

The tunnels are often wet and slippery, so appropriate clothing and footwear is essential.

The Courtyard Cafe & restaurant

Established in April 2015, The Courtyard is an independent, family-run restaurant that focuses on the provision of rustic, homemade and seasonal food. Open throughout the year, it offers the ideal location for a relaxed brunch with the family, a delicious lunch or a romantic candlelit dinner. Pop by for an unforgettable dining experience by the sea in one of Southsea’s most popular historical landmarks

Monday and Tuesday: 9:30am-5pm
Wednesday – Saturday: 9:30am – 11pm
Sunday: 9:30m – 6pm

For enquiries, email: or call 023 9281 7454.

The Southsea Brewing Company

Southsea Castle now has its own microbrewery, which produces great quality, small-batch brews. Like the Southsea Brewing Company Facebook page for up-to-date information on when the brewery will be open to the public.

Car parking: Car and coach pay and display parking is available near the museum, including in the D-Day Museum car park, and on Clarence Esplanade and the Avenue de Caen. To find out about current car parking charges in Portsmouth, please click here. Prices and availability of parking spaces may vary between different locations.

Travelling by public transport: Southsea Castle is roughly the same distance from both Portsmouth Harbour, and Portsmouth & Southsea train stations. There are taxi ranks at both stations and a number of frequent buses that will drop you off close to the castle. To find out more about bus routes and other public transport in Portsmouth, click here.

Dogs: Well behaved dogs are permitted in the café courtyard only.

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