Clarence Esplanade

Opening hours

Southsea Castle is now in its winter season, meaning the museum is closed to visitors until next year. However, The Courtyard remains open year round.

The site has achieved the national We’re Good to Go industry standard. This industry standard and supporting mark means businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place.

Southsea Castle courtyard can be accessed via a bridge over the moat. This is on one level but cobbled almost throughout, so visitors are advised to take care.

Access to the keep and ramparts is only available via stairs, so are not suitable for those with mobility impairments. However, The Courtyard, shop and microbrewery are all at ground level.

Disabled parking is available at the nearby D-Day Story car park, which is a short and flat walk from the castle.

Guide Dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs wearing appropriate tabards are permitted in the keep. Non-assistance dogs are not allowed in the keep but are permitted in the courtyard – where water bowls are provided.

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 – October
Winter season: November – 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 last day of opening for 2021 will be 31 October.

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.