Clarence Esplanade

Southsea Castle is free to visit.

Opening hours

Currently closed

TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

Southsea Castle has been awarded the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for 2020. The award is granted only to the best-reviewed attractions on TripAdvisor and puts us in the top 10% – worldwide!

If you would like to leave us a review, you can do so on our TripAdvisor page.

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award 2020

How to get here

By car: Take the M275 into Portsmouth, following signs for City Centre. Then take the A3, signposted for Seafront, before joining the A288 – Kings Terrace and Pier Road. Turn left on the Pier Road Roundabout onto Clarence Esplanade. Southsea Castle will be on your right in 0.6 miles. Parking is available at The D-Day Story car park.

By train: Southsea Castle is 1.8 miles from both Fratton and Portsmouth and Southsea railway stations. Each route can be walked in around 35 minutes.

By bus: The nearest bus stop to Southsea Castle is on Palmerston Road. It’s operated by First Bus on the 3 and 18 routes, and Stagecoach on the 23. These bus stops are a 0.5 mile walk from the castle, along Palmerston Road and Avenue de Caen.

Please note

Summer season: April – September
Winter season: October – March

Throughout the winter season, Southsea Castle’s courtyard is open as above, but the rest of the castle – including the ramparts and the keep – is closed.

The Courtyard Cafe (located inside the castle) is open throughout the year.

Last entry to Southsea Castle is 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 will be open.

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

Admission: Free entry for all visitors.

Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.