Portchester Castle - English Heritage

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One of a series of forts from the Solent to the Wash built in the late third century by the Romans to defend against Saxon pirates – a castle was built on the site in 1120. From then on, Portchester became a convenient place of embarkation for successive kings of England departing on journeys or military expeditions abroad.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

21 February - 29 March 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Admission charges

Adult £5.20
Child (5-15 years) £3.10
Concession are you eligible? £4.70
Family (2 adults, 3 children) £13.50


  • English Heritage

Additional info

Access to castle and inner bailey: Via drawbridge and level smooth grass. Ground floor of keep, and exhibition within, reached via ramp. Stone steps to upper floor of keep are worn and wooden stairs above are very steep. Two benches and picnic table provided in inner bailey.
Grounds: Compacted gravel paths lead to the outer bailey and Roman walls.
Parking 200m from entrance; 2 spaces reserved for disabled drivers, who may also use the roadway inside the castle.

Visually Impaired Visitors
Audio tour with hearing loop and script available. NB Steps in keep and moat may be hazardous.

Toilets: In car park, suitable for wheelchair users. RADAR key available (please ask).
Shop: Accessed via heavy door.
Refreshments: Snacks in shop.

Collection details

Archaeology, Weapons and War

Portchester Castle - English Heritage
Church Road
PO16 9QW




02392 378291

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