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National Rail | station code PTC

Hampshire Offers & Links

Nelson's Monument on Portsdown Hill was completed a few years after his death in 1805. There are good views of Portsmouth Harbour and the coast from the viewpoint near Fort Nelson.

Portchester Castle EH 1 mile

A large and well-preserved Roman fort with walls remaining at near their original height. The fortress became a Norman castle in the 12th century when the tower-keep was built in one corner. An exhibition in the keep tells the history of the castle and village with finds from the site.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700. Nov-Mar, see website.

Fort Nelson by taxi (or 1¼ miles uphill)

A restored Victorian fort on top of Portsdown Hill housing artillery from the national collection. Galleries tell the story of the fort and there are fortifications, tunnels and ammunition bunkers to explore. Guided tours available and daily gun firing, see website for times. Café. Admission free.
Open please see website.
Taxi telephone numbers are shown on the station poster.
The walk to Fort Nelson is uphill and there is no path beside the busy roads from near the top of the hill - a taxi will be safer, especially if visiting with children.

Portchester map