Southsea West Beach

Southsea lies to the east of Portsmouth Harbour, and offers visitors a choice of beaches and many other leisure activities.  This stretch of sloping shingle between Southsea Castle and Lighthouse, and South Parade Pier, is a popular beach.  It is backed by a promenade which makes a good place to take a stroll or even a run if you have the energy.  The beach has good views over The Solent and is an excellent spot to sit and watch the ships and ferries coming in and out of Portsmouth Harbour. 

Behind the western end of the beach, The Rock Gardens offer plenty of spots to sit and relax amongst the tropical foliage and well-tended shrubs.  Beyond that, The Pyramids is the town’s largest leisure centre and features a good indoor children’s play area, the perfect place for little ones to let off steam on rainy days.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Crazy golf/putting
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Promenade

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SZ 6487 9804


Parking available though a fee is charged.

Water quality

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