Museum access

You will be sure of a warm welcome and an enjoyable trip when you next visit Southsea Castle. This page is where you’ll find all the information you need ahead of your visit. If you have any feedback, questions, or a suggestion for how we can improve our visitor experience at the museum, please contact Ruth Justice, Senior Museums and Visitor Services Officer, on email: MVS@portsmouthcc.gov.uk, or telephone: 023 9284 1625.

How to get here

Southsea Castle is located off Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth, PO5 3PA. The museum doesn’t have a designated car park but there are paid spaces on Clarence Esplanade as well as the nearby D-Day Story Car Park, around 60 metres from the Castle.

The nearest bus stop is located on Clarence Parade. It is called Southsea Shops and is around 700 metres from the museum. The quickest route to the museum along Avenue de Caen and Brian Kidd Way.

The nearest train station is Portsmouth & Southsea, which is around 2.5km from Southsea Castle. From the station, head right through Guildhall Square and then along Guildhall Walk, Hampshire Terrace, Landport Terrace, Kings Terrace, Jubilee Terrace, Belleview Terrace, Pier Road and Clarence Esplanade. Alternatively you can alight at Fratton and head down Selbourne Terrace, Fratton Road, Victoria Road North, Victoria Road South, Lennox Road South, Clarence Parade, Jack Cockerill Way and Clarence Esplanade – around 2.6km.

There are regular services across the Solent to Portsmouth from the Isle of Wight. The Hovertravel terminal is closest, less than 1km away along Clarence Esplanade. Alternatively, from the Fastcat terminal inside Portsmouth Harbour train station, you can reach the museum along The Hard, St George’s Road, Museum Road, Kings Terrace, Pier Road and Clarence Esplanade (just under 3km).

For further information, see our Visit Us page.

Museum entry

Southsea Castle is free to visit. You do not need to book in advance. The museum is open 10am to 5.30pm during summer season (April to October). The museum is closed in winter, but The Courtyard cafe is open year-round. Last admission to the museum is 30 minutes before closing time.

During its summer season, Southsea Castle is open Tuesday to Sunday but closed on Mondays.

When you arrive

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.

Toilets

An accessible toilet and baby changing facilities are available at the museum.

The nearest Changing Places toilet is in Southsea Library on Palmerston Road, less than 1km away. To reach it from the museum, head down Brian Kidd Way, Avenue de Caen and Palmerston Road.

Please contact the museum for further details. Call 023 9281 5276.