There are many places to play tennis in Portsmouth, including courts near Southsea seafront and a new tennis centre in Stamshaw.

A new online booking system for the council’s free outdoor tennis courts at Milton, Drayton and Cosham means that you must register and book instead of turning up to play.

But this does mean no queuing for a game, just book online and turn up at the right time for your session.

The new system means you’ll have a guaranteed slot and can book in up to a week in advance.

Create your free account online, and enjoy the benefits of booking your court.

Free tennis courts

Milton Park Priory Crescent

Milton, Portsmouth, PO4 8PR

Five outdoor tennis courts, newly refurbished, no floodlights, free courts open all year round

Book a game at Milton Park

Cosham Park

Portsmouth Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 2SH

Two tennis courts, free courts open all year round, no floodlights

Book a game at Cosham Park

Drayton Park

Lower Drayton Lane, PO6 2HE

Two tennis courts, free courts open all year round, no floodlights

Book a game at Drayton Park

Portsmouth tennis centre

Located next to the Mountbatten Centre, the £1.33m centre was officially opened by former Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Lynne Stagg, and former British number one, Greg Rusedski.

The centre provides brand-new facilities for anyone interested in playing tennis for the first time, those wanting to improve their game or simply playing for fun and fitness. Facilities at the venue include:

  • four indoor courts, six outdoor courts, and eight indoor mini tennis courts
  • free car parking
  • use of changing facilities at the adjacent gymnastics centre.

The centre is operated by BH Live in partnership with Portsmouth City Council. BH Live offers a comprehensive programme of activities for all ages and abilities. Junior sessions include racquet and ball skills which help develop children’s enjoyment of tennis through fun activities based on balance, co-ordination, agility, movement. Teen tennis focuses on developing skills amongst young people aged between 11 and 16 years.

Adult sessions include fun cardio sessions set to music, Tennis Xpress coaching sessions for beginners and intermediates covering key techniques and tactics, or you can simply pay and play.

For more information on courses and pay and play sessions, or to sign up:

Southsea Tennis Club

Southsea Tennis Pavilion, Clarence Esplanade, PO5 3PB

Next to the seafront, near the D-Day Museum on Clarence Esplanade.

Facilities and activities

Facilities include six hard courts – three of the hard courts have floodlights and are open for pay and play tennis all year round. Members have access to four astroturf courts, two of which are floodlit.

The club has a strong membership of regular players. There are a number of opportunities for social play and the coaching programme caters for players of different ages and abilities. There is a dynamic programme of social events.

For more information, contact Southsea Tennis Club:


Visit their website for contact info and prices at Southsea Tennis Club.


The Pavilion, Eastern Parade, Southsea, PO4 9RF


  • 8 natural grass courts
  • 6 artificial grass courts (floodlight)
  • 2 hard courts

Opening times 

  • 9am-9pm Monday – Friday
  • 9am-7pm Saturday – Sunday


£8 per hour bookable via CourtX website (memberships also available)