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!

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:00 - 10:20
Saturday 08:00 - 14:00
Sunday Closed
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Nearest station with more facilities

Fareham or Cosham

Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

Please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0345 6000 650

Customer help pointsAvailable
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces10
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Step-free accessPart 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 accessUnavailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable

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.

Departures and arrivals from Portchester

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Portchester station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Southampton CentralSouth Western Railway07:00On time
to Portsmouth & SouthseaSouth Western Railway07:15On time
to WinchesterSouth Western Railway07:40On time
to Portsmouth HarbourSouth Western Railway07:49On time
to Southampton CentralSouth Western Railway08:00On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Portsmouth HarbourSouth Western Railway07:00On time
from WoolstonSouth Western Railway07:15On time
from Portsmouth HarbourSouth Western Railway07:40On time
from FarehamSouth Western Railway07:49On time
from Portsmouth & SouthseaSouth Western Railway08:00On time

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