Southsea, a town located in Hampshire on the coast, is proud of its history.
Henry VIII first saw the area’s potential in 1544 when he decided to build Southsea Castle. During the Victoria era, Southsea was one of the most popular places for the masses to visit, and this seaside town soon became a bustling, thriving place that included things to do, excellent restaurants, and beautiful scenery.
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Today Southsea is still just as popular with tourists, and its history is firmly on display. Visit the famous pier, the Common, the castle, or even the birthplace of Peter Sellers – Southsea is nothing if not diverse!
The Royal Marines Museum is hugely interesting, as is the nearby Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, but if it isn’t history that excites you and you’d prefer something a little different don’t worry; there is miniature golf, plenty of tennis courts, volleyball courts, and of course a plethora of water sports for you to try too.
Southsea is also great for shopping, having a large shopping area that includes John Lewis and Debenhams. Wind your way through the smaller streets and you’ll discover many independent shops selling all sort of unique and chic items - if you are looking for a bargain, then Southsea is the place to find it!
Hovercrafts from Southsea
|Southsea Ryde||35 daily||¼ hour||See prices °|
This information is for reference purposes only. Journey times are approximate. Frequency is based on typical schedules. Schedules are subject to availability and weather conditions. Information correct at the time of writing.
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Southsea Hoverport, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth. PO5 3AD, United Kingdom
The A288 runs along the Clarence Esplanade and loops around to the A2030 either side of Southsea. As it sits a short distance from Portsmouth it enjoys excellent road links to the A3 and M275 northwards. This in turn links to the M27 that runs west to Southampton. Here the M3 is the link north to the M25, with links to the M4 via the A34 to Newbury.
The A27 runs east out of the city across to Worthing, Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. The A3 runs north to Guildford and onwards to feed the M25.
The Hoverport is a very small building and so has no on-site car parking facilities.
Parking is available at the council operated 'Seafront The Esplanade' pay and display car park situated opposite the terminal. A second, smaller, council operated car park - 'Southsea Common' - can be found off Clarence Parade.
At the time of writing in May 2016 the charges for both car parks were £12 per 24 hour period.
Getting there by coach
National Express conveniently run a service with a stop located at Clarence Pier on Clarence Esplanade, a very short walk to the Hoverport.
Route 303 runs from Blackpool to Weymouth and connects Bolton, Liverpool, Chester, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham, Oxford, Southampton, Portsmouth, and Bournemouth to Weymouth. Selected Birmingham to Weymouth legs stop at Southsea.
Route 030 runs from Fareham to London via Southsea, Portsmouth, and Guildford. Book your tickets here.
Getting there by train
The nearest train stations is Portsmouth & Southsea station. This is a considerable distance from the Esplanade so you will need to catch a local bus service or take a taxi to the Hoverport.
Services typically run to Littlehampton, Portsmouth Harbour, London, Brighton (East Sussex), Southampton, and Cardiff. Journey times to Cardiff average 3¼ hours, Birmingham average 3½ hours, while London typically takes less than a couple of hours. Journeys from Edinburgh typically average seven hours with a couple of train changes. Plan your journey here.