The seafront is one of the most popular areas of Portsmouth, enjoyed by visitors and residents alike. The beach stretches along the whole southern end of Portsea Island from Old Portsmouth to the conservation area of Eastney.

Next to the beach and seafront promenade, Southsea Common is a vast open space, ideal for kite flying, informal ball games, picnics & barbecues. There are designated barbecue zones on the common, which are shown in the leaflet below, along with useful safety tips.

Find out more about the beach huts, sports, play facilities and tourist attractions run by Portsmouth City Council below, or read the council plans to further develop the seafront.

For more information, email or phone 023 9282 8112. 

Sport and play areas on the seafront

There are two play areas along the seafront for children of all ages, as well as Southsea Skatepark catering for skate boarders, in-line skaters and BMX bikers. You will also find a cricket pitch, tennis courts, bowling greens, crazy golf, pitch and putt and beach volleyball. There are three beach volleyball courts, opposite the D-day Museum.

All open access facilities are available to local residents free of charge.

For more information email or phone 023 9282 8112. 

Tourist attractions on the seafront

There are many places to visit along Southsea seafront including Southsea Castle - one of the historic fortifications built during Henry VIII's reign and the D-Day Story.

Their surrounds have undergone significant improvements in 2018, with the footway connecting the two being re-surfaced, leading to the impressive, new 30-jet LED lit water feature. This is a decorative water feature that runs programmed sequences daily, lit after dusk with the Castle as the backdrop. If it's children's water play you're looking for, head to one of our splash pools. there's Southsea splash pool on Clarence Esplanade, Canoe Lake splash pad and also Hilsea splash pool where there is free parking.

There are volunteer lifeguards at three of Southsea's beaches for the summer season.

To find out more about all seafront attractions, including events on Castle Field and the summer programmes of music at The Bandstand and children's entertainment at Canoe Lake, follow the link to Visit Portsmouth.

Seafront beach huts

Beach huts give families a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Southsea beachfront and are available to hire for residents on a staycation in Portsmouth.

We manage over 100 beach huts from Canoe Lake to St. Georges Road and Eastney. Annual hire is very popular and unfortunately the waiting list for St Georges and Eastney has now been closed.  However, the list remains open for Lumps Fort but there is still a long wait.  If you wish to add your name to the beach hut waiting list please contact us in writing.

Beach Hut rental is £1032 per year for Portsmouth residents.

For a taste of what it would be like to have your very own beach hut, there are two beach huts which can be rented in mid, high or low seasons. The costs including VAT to hire a weekly hut are:

  • Mid-season (5 April 2019 - 20 June 2019): £98 (or £58.80 for Portsmouth Leisure Card holders)
  • High-season (21 June 2019  to 5 September 2019): £168 (or £100.80 for Portsmouth Leisure Card holders)
  • Low season (8 November 2019 to 2 April 2020): £37 (or £22.20 for Portsmouth Leisure Card holders)

For further information, please email

Seafront first aid

For first aid go to the Lifeguard Centre by the Rock Gardens on the promenade, between The Pyramids and South Parade Pier.