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Southsea is a seaside resort and geographic area, located in Portsmouth at the southern end of Portsea Island, Hampshire, England. Southsea is located to the south of Portsmouth city centre and to the east of Old Portsmouth. The 'Southsea' name of the area originates from Southsea Castle; a fort, located on the seafront.

The areas surrounding Albert Road, Palmerston Road and Osborne Road comprise numerous bars, restaurants and independent shops. Palmerston Road is the main High Street of Southsea and contains two national department stores, as well as the local library. Albert Road is a distinct street containing shopping and cultural venues, which includes the Kings Theatre


  • Southsea beach is mostly flint gravel, but with sand exposed at low tide. There are two piers: South Parade Pier and Clarence Pier; both house amusement arcades. South Parade Pier also contains a ballroom and a bar area. Clarence Pier is adjacent to a permanent amusement park.
  • There are a number of miniature golf courses, a skateboard park and public grass and clay tennis courts. During winter 2008 three beach volleyball courts were added to these attractions.
  • The Blue Reef Aquarium is also situated on the seafront.
  • Just off the seafront is Southsea Model Village which is a 1/12 scale model village with forty miniature buildings, houses, forts, castles and a miniature railway. 


  • The D-Day museum (which holds the Overlord embroidery) is located on the seafront in Southsea, very close to Southsea castle.
  • Cumberland House, which is a natural history museum, a butterfly house and aquarium are located close to Canoe Lake just off Southsea seafront.
  • Toward the eastern end of the seafront is the Royal Marines Museum. Based in the lavishly decorated former Officers' Mess of Eastney Barracks (built in the 1860s for the Royal Marine Artillery), the Museum includes The Making of the Royal Marines Commando exhibition, opened in 2008, and a refurbished Medal Room with over 8,000 medals earned by Royal Marines—including all ten Victoria Crosses won by them.

Local Events:

Southsea Food Festival

Victorious Festival


Portsmouth Kite Festival


Spinnaker Tower

Blue Reef Aquarium

Southsea Skate Park

The Pyramids Centre

Southsea Castle

Clarence Pier

Hollywood Bowl

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

House Prices

Last year most property sales in Southsea involved terraced properties which sold for on average £258,501. Flats sold for an average price of £184,484, while semi-detached properties fetched £417,929.

Southsea, with an overall average price of £244,219, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Old Portsmouth (£256,357), but was more expensive than North End (£189,626) and cheaper than Gunwharf Quays (£333,844).

During the last year, sold prices in Southsea were 9% up on the previous year and 17% up on 2015 when the average house price was £209,282.

Rent Prices:

Property Rents in Southsea by Number of Bedrooms

Average rent

One bedroom

£634 pcm

Two bedrooms

£899 pcm

Three bedrooms

£1,094 pcm

Four bedrooms

£1,413 pcm

Five bedrooms

£1,788 pcm


Schools in Postcode PO4


Devonshire Infant School

Fernhurst Junior School

Priory School

Bramble Infant School and Nursery

Craneswater Junior School

Wimborne Infant School

Wimborne Junior School

Milton Park Primary School

Mary Rose School

Meon Infant School

Meon Junior School

Moorings Way Infant School

Cumberland Infant School

Schools in Postcode PO5


Cottage Grove Primary School

Mayville High School

St Swithun's Catholic Primary School

Southsea Infant School

Portsmouth High School

St John's College

Ark Charter Academy

Ark Ayrton Primary Academy


Better Gym Portsmouth

The Gym Portsmouth

Fratton Gym

Lougars Gym

St Pauls Gym

Gym 01

SWEAT Southsea


Palmerston Road Southsea is home to two department stores - John Lewis and Debenhams - and some high street favourites, along with independent stores and regular Hampshire Farmer's Markets. In nearby Marmion Road and Osborne Road you'll find chocolatiers, award-winning jewellers, interior design and shoe boutiques, along with a full range of cafes, bars and restaurants. 
 Albert Road is a bustling street of independent traders, quirky shops, fabulous restaurants, trendy bars and cafes, retro clothes, antiques and crafts. Renowned throughout the area for its cosmopolitan atmosphere and interesting outlets, Albert Road is buzzing day and night.


Restaurant 27

Cheese & Cheers

Algarve’s Grill

6oz Burgers

El Toro 

The Akash

Becketts Southsea

The Spice Merchants

Sant Yago

The Garage Lounge