Southsea Castle
Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3PA Route Planner
The Green Guide

Useful information

Opening hours

Apr-Oct: Tue-Sun and Mon Bank Hols 10am-5.30pm, last admission 30min before closing - closed Mon except Bank Hols


At the southernmost tip of Southsea stands this castle, built by Henry VIII in 1544-1545 as part of the chain of forts protecting the ports along the south and east coast. The central keep, surrounded by a dry moat, is mainly Tudor. Inside, an exhibition traces the expansion of Portsmouth's fortifications, the reign of Henry VIII and the civil war.


  • Route from this place
  • Directions to this place
  • Route via this place
  • Nearby hotels
  • Nearby restaurants

Nearby tourist attractions

  • 153 m - Clarence Esplanade, Southsea PO5 3NT
  • 607 m - Clarence Parade, Portsmouth PO5 2ES
  • 1.6 km - Museum, Portsmouth PO1 2LJ

Nearby hotels

Nearby restaurants

  • From £45 to £55
    MICHELIN Guide 2019
    559 m - 27a South Par, Southsea, Portsmouth and Southsea PO5 2JF
  • From £10 to £25
    1.58 km - Unit R24 & 94 Canalside Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3FA
  • From £13 to £22
    2.16 km - Unit R11 Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3TA