You can easily reach Portchester Castle by train. The nearest main line rail station is Portchester. To get to Portchester Castle by train from London, travel from Waterloo station to Portchester - there are some direct services, but you can also travel to Havant or Winchester and change. From Portchester it's a walk of a mile to the castle. You can shorten the walk by catching the number 3 bus heading towards Portsea, and alighting outside the White Hart.
A visit to Portchester Castle will transport you back in time - it's a great way to spend a day with the family. Wander into the grounds of the castle or simply admire the imposing walls from afar. Plus, once you're finished, you can have a wander around historic Portchester - there's so much to explore!
|Weekdays||06:00 - 10:20|
|Saturday||08:00 - 14:00|
|Staffing level||Part time|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Nearest station with more facilities|
Fareham or Cosham
|Customer Service notes|
Please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0345 6000 650
|Customer help points||Available|
|Cycle storage spaces||10|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Unavailable|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Step-free access||Part of station|
|Step-free access notes|
The down platform towards Portsmouth is accessible via a very steep ramp. Some wheelchair users may require assistance. There is no wheelchair access to the up platform towards Southampton.
|Ramps for train access||Unavailable|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Unavailable|
About Portchester Castle
Portchester lies at the northern end of the great natural harbour of Portsmouth, and its strategic importance was recognised by the Romans. They established a fort here in the third century AD, part of a chain of 'Saxon Shore' defences to combat pirates. It's considered the best-preserved Roman fort north of the Alps, and its defences were integrated into subsequent castle designs. The medieval Portchester Castle was probably built in the 11th century, and it became a favourite hunting lodge of King John. It was besieged and captured by the French in 1216 before returning to English hands.
During the Hundred Years War, Portchester Castle was the starting point for a number of English expeditions to France, including Henry V's 1415 campaign, which led to the victory at Agincourt.
Today Portchester Castle is managed by English Heritage. There are free audio tours and a fascinating exhibition in the keep, both of which bring the history of Portchester and the Castle vividly to life. Make the ascent to the top of the tower if you can, as the views across Portsmouth Harbour are truly spectacular.