Portchester Castle Dates and Times
Once you choose your arrival slot, you’ll receive your booking confirmation by email. Just bring this with you on the day you visit, either on your mobile device or as a print out. The email will contain a barcode that our team will scan when you arrive.
You can arrive at any time from the time shown on your booking confirmation. You're then welcome to stay for as long as you like.
Some of our sites can get very busy, especially on Bank Holidays. Our busiest times are between 11am and 2pm, so if you prefer to visit at a quieter time you may wish to visit outside of these hours.
Last admission is 30 minutes before the site closes.
You don't need to book your visit in advance, but you will always get the best price and guaranteed entry by booking online ahead of your visit. The prices shown here include a discount. The admission price will be higher if you choose to pay on the day you visit.
Originally built in the late 3rd century, Portchester Castle is the most impressive and best preserved of the `Saxon shore' forts. The castle's commanding location has made it a major factor in the Solent's defences for hundreds of years. Make the most of the wide open grounds and castle courtyard, and enjoy a family picnic surrounded by history.