Portchester Castle

Things to see and do

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    You don’t need to book your ticket in advance, but you will always get the best price and guaranteed entry by booking online ahead of your visit.

    If you are a Member and wish to book, your ticket is still free

    Your booking is for the site/event only and does not guarantee a car parking space, which may carry an additional charge.

    Book Tickets

    Booking FAQs

  • How are you keeping us safe?

    Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe. We’re continuing with enhanced cleaning and you’ll find hand sanitiser stations on site. Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you to do the same. You can also help us keep you and other visitors safe by not visiting if you have symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

Visit the Castle Keep

Explore the keep of one of the most impressive and best preserved of the 'Saxon Shore' forts. 

Uncover the story of Portchester's Prisoners

From 1665 Portchester served as a prisoner-of-war camp – a role that reached its height during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars of 1793–1815, when it housed up to 8,000 prisoners, of many nationalities and backgrounds, at any one time. Today, enjoy our exhibition telling the story of these prisoners, and explore their life at the castle.

See the Prisoners Theatre

Find out about the theatre set up and run by French prisoners of war at Portchester Castle between 1810 and 1814.

Rooftop Views

Head to the top of Portchester's keep for breathtaking views across the Solent.

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