Southwick Priory

Southwick Priory

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Southwick, Fareham, Hampshire

Before You Go

Southwick Priory in Hampshire was originally founded for Augustinian canons by Henry I in 1133 within the walls of nearby Portchester Castle, but the canons had moved to the present site within 20 years. After its suppression in 1538 Southwick was converted into a mansion, and today one wall of the priory and earthworks survive.

Before You Go

How to Find It: Accessible on foot, taking the unmade path from Priory Road.  There is an English Heritage information board at the start of this path which can be found by crossing Priory Road from the village car park and bearing slightly to the right until you reach a pedestrian gate.

Parking: There is a car park in the village.

Other Information: The only public transport is the Southwick Taxishare service. Call 01962 846786.

Plan a Great Day Out

Head towards the coast and visit Portchester Castle. Explore the site with an audio tour, climb the tower to take in the commanding views of the Solent and treat yourself to a souvenir in the gift shop.

Continue your exploration of ruined religious houses by visiting nearby Titchfield Abbey, later converted into a grand Tudor mansion. The remains of Netley Abbey and Bishop's Waltham Palace are also in the area.

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About us

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and places - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. The English Heritage Trust is a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 0744722, registered in England.

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