Portchester Castle

Portchester Castle is now open. You will need to book your timed tickets in advance and tickets are available to book now. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. There will be other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

Welcome to Portchester Castle

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click here.

Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Courtyard and Castle Grounds - All outdoor areas within the castle walls will be open.
  • Keep and indoor areas - The castle keep and other indoor areas will be open, using a one way system monitored by members of castle staff. The Castle Keep roof will remain closed.
  • Exhibition - The castle's exhibition will be open for you to enjoy.
  • Shop - The castle shop will be open, with a one way system in place. Payments can now be made using a contactless system.
  • Toilets - No toilets are available on site. 
  • Face coverings - From 24 July you need to remember to bring and wear a face covering if you want to buy anything from the gift shop. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please do come prepared so you don’t miss out. Face coverings are not mandatory elsewhere on your visit, but we do encourage our visitors to wear them in other enclosed spaces.
  • Audio Guide - You can enjoy an audio-tour at Portchester Castle using your own device. Simply download the Guide ID Podcatcher App from the Google Play Store or App Store. Once downloaded search for Portchester Castle and use the password EHPortchester.
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