Visitor Information

Opening Times

Southsea Castle is now in its winter season and will be open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm. The Castle is closed on Mondays (except for Bank Holidays). Though Southsea Castle can be accessed year-round, the museum will close for winter on 31 October and re-open in March 2019.

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.

Admission: FREE admission for all visitors. 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.

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

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. During the castle's open season, the brewery will be open from midday to 4pm on Saturdays. There will also be additional opening in the run up to special events such as Christmas. Like the Southsea Brewing Company Facebook page for up-to-date information.

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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