Are you looking for a beautiful beach near Portsmouth to visit with friends or family? This guide has listed all the most amazing beaches in Portsmouth and the best Southsea beaches. We will also help you find nearby accommodation, and of course the best restaurants and pubs in the area of these Portsmouth Beaches!
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Hill Head Beach Portsmouth
Hill Head Beach is a beautiful little shingle beach with amazing views over the Solent right up to the Isle of Wight. On Hill Head Beach you will find wooden groynes that divide the beach and give it its signature look. The groynes offer protection against the waves as they would normally carry away the shingle and much of the land behind the beach.
Hill Head Beach Portsmouth is a Portsmouth beach that is incredibly popular with watersports enthousiasts. The beach and this part of the solent offer amazing sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing conditions. In case you are more into fishing, Hill Head Beach is a great place for you to head as you are bound to catch something!
On the Western End of Hill Head Beach Portsmouth there is a small harbour. The harbour lies in the mouth of the Meon River which enters the solent. Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve is only a short walk away. Here you can see numerous birds and waterfowl.
Restaurants near Hill Head Beach Portsmouth:
The Osborne View
The Osborne View is a short walk away. This great pub with good British food and a nice selection of beers has a sweeping beachfront garden, perfect for drinking a pint on sunny days!
Breezes Cafe near Hill Head Beach Portsmouth offers great cafe food at reasonable prices. Dogs are more than welcome and they serve a delicious looking Afternoon Tea.
Titchfield Haven Tea Rooms
Titchfield Haven Tea Rooms are the tea rooms connected to the Titchfield Haven nature reserve. They offer tea, scones and cakes and is open from 9:30 am to 5 PM every day.
Where to stay near Hill Head Beach Portsmouth
Milvil is a small luxury Bed and Breakfast in Gosport close to Hill Head Beach in Portsmouth. All rooms come with a modern bathroom and the Bed and Breakfast has a large garden with garden furniture
Trevarner Guest House
This guest house close to Hill head Beach offers comfortable rooms of which some have sea views. Rooms also have a seating area.
Seaways Holiday Home Hill head Beach
Seaways is a small yet comfortable holiday home near Hill Head Beach with gorgeous full frontal seaviews. The house is incredinly bright and features a garden as well as BBQ facilities.
Browndown Beach near Portsmouth
Browndown Beach is a small beach in Browndown near Portsmouth. This lovely little shingle beach offers great views over the Solent and onto the Isle of Wight. Dogs are allowed on the beach which is a great plus for those looking for a dog-friendly beach in Portsmouth.
Browndown Beach is near quite a few car parks on Portsmouth Road such as the Elmore Car Park, but also the No. 2 Battery West Car Park and the Alverbank West Car Park. Overall, Browndown Beach is a very quiet beach with quite a large area of sandy dunes where you can let your dogs and kids play.
Restaurants near Browndown Beach Portsmouth
The Inn by the Sea
The Inn By the Sea is a beautiful pub only a few minutes away from Browndown Beach Portsmouth. Here you can head for a fresh pint, freshly baked pizza’s of great carveries! Bayside cabin is dog-friendly and has outside seating with sea views!
The Bayside Cabin is a traditional cafe next to the Diving Museum. Here you can head for a nice cup of tea with some scones or a great Full English with sea views.
The Seahorse Bar and Grill
The Seahorse Bar and Grill lies close to Browndown Beach Portsmouth and comes with a large yet beautifully decked out beer garden. This restaurant is known for its home cooked food and often put on live music in the evening.
Accommodation near Browndown Beach Portsmouth
The Alverbank Hotel
The Alverbank Hotel is a gorgeous period hotel close to Browndown Beach in Portsmouth. The hotel offers luxurious rooms and beautiful sea views from the garden. This stately home is worth a stay in, when looking for a beach in Portsmouth!
The Waters Edge
The Waters Edge is a guest house in Lee-On-The-Solent on – you guessed it, the water’s edge. This clean and comfortable guesthouse offers guests sea views from their room, balcony or private little outside garden.
Avon Manor Guest House
Another great guest hose near Browndown Beach in Portsmouth is the Avon Manor. This beautiful white guesthouse received one rosette for its large and comfortable rooms and its amazing service and. It is close to some of the best beaches in Portsmouth.
Hotwalls Beach Portsmouth
Hotwalls Beach is a small stretch of Portsmouth Beach near Broad Street and Camber Quay. This stretch of beach can be accessed through the steps onto the redbrick buildings where the Hotwalls art studio is located. From here you not only have a gorgeous view over the water but also of Portsmouth’s Spinaker Tower.
Hotwalls Beach is a shingle beach that is overall not too busy in summer. The beach is pretty small, and as the beach technically lies on a river there are hardly any waves. In summer the colour of the river is often a tropical turquoise making it a great little beach to visit with kids. Be aware, however, as there is a lot of metal debris in the water. Water shoes for both adults and kids are a good idea!
Restaurants and pubs near Hotwalls Beach Portsmouth
The Canteen is a gorgeous café right next to Hotwalls beach offering either amazing seats outside in the square or inside in the vaulted rooms. Although you will not have a view of Hotwalls Beach in Portsmouth, the Canteen does offer some of the most amazing sea views in Portsmouth! Go here for great deserts, amazing breakfasts and a good cup of coffee.
The Wellington is a beautiful old pub near Hotwalls Beach Portsmouth offering amazing beers, fares and even rooms! The wellington has a well-stocked bar and is known for its great food.
The Sally Port Inn
The Sally Port Inn is a true local pub housed in a beautiful period building. The owners of the pub have a true passion for local beers as well as the history of their pub. They took great care to keep the original features of the old pub on display after extensive renovations. The Sally Port Inn is dog-friendly.
Best hotels near Hotwalls Beach Portsmouth
The Wellington Restaurant and Bar
As mentioned before, The Wellington also offers rooms for people wanting to stay near Hotwalls Beach Portsmouth. The rooms look comfortable and recently underwent renovations. All rooms are bright and airy and come with comfortable bedding.
Harbour View, Old Portsmouth
Harbour View, Old Portsmouth is a gorgeous little apartment near Hotwalls Beach Portsmouth. The apartment comes with two large bedrooms and a cosy living room. From the living room you have access onto a small balcony with outside furniture. You can enjoy seaviews from the balcony.
Luxury 2 bed Georgian Townhouse, Old Portsmouth
Want to stay in an old Georgian townhouse during your stay near Hotwalls Beach Portsmouth? Then this one is for you! The owners have decorated the townhouse in a modern Georgian style. This makes the gorgeous holiday let near the Portsmouth beach look like it belongs in a magazine!
Clarence Southsea Beach
Clarence Beach near Southsea is a small stretch of sea near Clarence Esplanade. It lies between the Southsea Hoverpoint and the Southsea Rowing Club. This small stretch of Southsea shingle beach is known to quite busy in summers as it borders onto the Southsea common.
Although busy, this little beach is great for parents with kids as Clarence Pier Amusement Parks is close by. Just a few minutes away by foot lies the Treasure Island Adventure golf course. Just a bit down the road from the beach you can head to the Blue Reef Aquarium. This can come in quite handy when it starts to rain suddenly. The Southsea Common Play Area is located on the other side of the common. There is a large car park in case you are driving down and in need for some car parking.
The Southsea Splash Pool can be found on the edge of the Southsea Common. This is a great place to take small kids if you do not trust them to play in the sea by Clarence Beach Southsea.
Best restaurants and pubs near Clarence Beach Southsea
Watkins & Faux
Although there are quite a few restaurants and cafes in the area, Watkins and Faux stands out by the sheer number of amazing reviews. This little café is a favourite with locals and serves an amazing English Breakfast.
Browns Burgers is a small burger shack near the Clarence Pier. It offers beautifully constructed for both take out and eat in.
Clarence pier Brewers Fayre
If you are looking for a family-friendly pub and restaurant near Clarence Beach in Southsea, then this is the one for you. This Brewers Fayre offers reasonably priced food and drinks and has outside seating with sea views.
Best hotels and places to stay near Clarence Beach Southsea
Queen’s Hotel is a gorgeous hotel in an Edwardian building just 5 minutes from Clarence Beach on the other side of the common. The hotel offers amazing connections to both the beach and the centre of the city and guests have access to free wifi and ensuite bathrooms. Some of the rooms have a view over the Solent.
Blue Star House
Blue Star House is a 4-star guest house near Clarence Pier Beach in Southsea. This guest house offers bright and airy rooms and every room will come with a flat-screen TV, free toiletries and a hairdryer.
Seabird Apartments in Central Southsea
If you would rather rent an apartment near Clarence Pier Beach in Southsea you can always head over to Seabird Apartments in central Southsea. These apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen and large bedrooms.
Southsea Beach Portsmouth
Southsea Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Portsmouth. This beach consists of flinty shingle but there is a stretch of sand when the tide is low. It is a great place to head with kids or friends as the waters are fairly calm. The beach does dip down into the sea quiet rapidly which means it is important to keep an eye on little ones as there is no guard service on Duty.
Southsea beach gets its name from the Southsea Castle, once part of the UK defences. There is a lot to do on and around Southsea beach. Not only are there lots of great parks, shops and restaurants in the popular Southsea, there is also a canoe lake behind the beach. Canoe lake is home to quite a large flock of swans. In summer you can rent a little boat to paddle on Canoe lake.
Southsea Beach is bordered by a beautiful promenade which has plenty of benches and a great view onto the Isle of Wight over the Solent.
As for Southsea Beach itself: it is very easy to get to as it borders the most popular parts of Southsea. There are also a slew of parking garages nearby such as the Seafront Canoe Lake Car Park and the Pyramids Car Park.
Best restaurants near Southsea Beach
The Courtyard is an Italian restaurant located in the courtyard of the fort bordering Southsea Beach. It is known for its great pastas and burgers and offers diners a unique dining experience near Southsea Beach.
Although not necessarily a restaurant, fries love is a food truck near Southsea beach arguably serving the best fries in Southsea. Almost all of their fries are loaded with wings and sausages and other amazing toppings. The fries at this Southsea Beach restaurant are all served in a pointy bag (puntzak) – the Belgian way!
Southsea Beach Café
Southsea Bach Café is an upscale café on the water’s edge. Here you can order eggs benedict, avocado toast or a full English with beautiful views over the sea and the beach.
Best hotels and accommodation near Southsea Beach
Apartment stones throw from the beach
This apartment in Southsea offers its visitors beautiful views onto Southsea beach. It can sleep up to 6 adults and 2 kids and comes with a fully equipped kitchen and dishwasher.
Spacious 3 bed apartment with sea views
This amazing 3 bedroom apartment offers wide sea views from its balcony. The bedrooms are all very spacious, bright and airy. The kitchen comes with all appliances and a washing machine.
Southsea Beach and Beauty Lodges
In case you would like to stay in a lodge on a caravan park, this holiday home is for you! This lodge is dog-friendly and allows for easy access to the beach nearby. BBQ facilities are included and the holiday home can sleep up to 6 adults.
Eastney Beach Portsmouth
Eastney Beach is often considered to be a part of Southsea Beach. They are part of the same strip of beach with the biggest difference that Eastney also has a part that is considered to be a Naturist Beach.
Just as Southsea Beach, this Portsmouth Beach consists of fine shingle with a bit of sand when the tide is low. Near Eastney Beach in Portsmouth you can park at the Fort Cumberland Open Space Car Par. There is also a leisure park nearby. Near the leisure park you will also find the public toilets. Those traveling by electric vehicle can charge their car at the Unitricity charging station near Eastney Beach.
If you are a fan of gin, head to the Portsmouth Distillery, and the beach near the Eastney Pier is great for those looking for a more quiet strip of beach.
Best restaurants near Eastney Beach Portsmouth
Bombay Bay is a top-rated Indian restaurant near the Southsea marina, just on the other side of the fort. Here you can order your favourite curries and naan while marvelling at the gorgeous view over the marina and sea.
Nelson Bar and Restaurant
The Nelson bar and restaurant is a typical British bar that serves great pints and a delicious cooked breakfast. The Nelson is a favourite with locals. When traveling to Eastney Beach in Portsmouth you might want to keep your eye out for live music, bingo or pub quizzes.
Marine Fish Bar
The Marine Fish Bar is a top rated fish and chips shop near Eastney Beach in Portsmouth. It is located right next to the Spar convenience store and is known for its large portions and amazing fries.
Best accommodation and hotels near Eastney Beach Portsmouth
The Milton Mews Apartment near Eastney Beach in Portsmouth is a gorgeous modern apartment with a large sunny balcony and a modern kitchen and living room. It can sleep up to 6 adults and 6 kids.
Victory House Southsea
Victory House in Southsea is a beautiful little cottage located near the beaches of Southsea and Eastney. There are 2 bedrooms as well as a flat-screen and a fully equipped kitchen. This holiday home can sleep up to 4 people.
Portsmouth Palm Vacations
This beautiful little house near Eastney Beach in Portsmouth offers room for up to 8 adults. It comes with a tiled outside space with outdoor furniture as well as a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious sunroom.
Ferry Road Beach
Near Ferry Road – the road that takes you to the ferry connecting Eastney with Hayling Island, you will find a small strip of shingle beach where locals park their little boats and sloops. Although not one of the nicest beaches in Portsmouth, it is often very calm, and as there are hardly any waves, it is pretty safe here to swim with small kids. Head out to the tip at ferry road for beautiful views of Southsea, Portsmouth, and of course the marina.
Best restaurants near Ferry Road Beach
Parkys Mobile Catering
Close the the RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboat station you will find Parkys Mobile Catering. This little fppd truck offers great hamburgers and delicious bacon baps with a view on the harbour and Hayling Island.
As mentioned above, Bombay Bay is a top rated Indian restaurant near the Marina. From here you will have amazing views over the marina and the sea.
If you would take the Hayling Ferry you can head to the little beach café. Here you can order bacon baps and cold drinks with views over the water and to the Eastney marina.
Best hotels and accommodation near Ferry Road Beach: see Southsea Beach
Hayling Beach Portsmouth
Hayling Beach in Portsmouth is a large shingle beach on Hayling Island. This stretch of beach is known for its beautiful views, amazing dunes, and of course the fact that it is not too crowded in summers. Hayling Beach can be accessed from Portsmouth via the Eastney Hayling ferry.
At the beach near the ferry you will find a large car park and a couple of restaurants and pubs. Once you follow the beach down however, you will find nothing but tranquillity and a large green golf course. Closer to the village of Hayling there are a couple of beach cafes. The funlands Amusement Park on Hayling Beach in Portsmouth is always a hit with the little ones.
Hayling Beach in Portsmouth is known for its kite surfing and water sports. There are public toilets available along the strip of shingle beach.
If you are more of a fan of sandy beaches you can head to sandy point. This little stretch on Hayling Island is a white sandy beach where locals park their sloops and dinghies. You will find a stretch of sand here during most of the day.
Best restaurants near Hayling Beach Portsmouth
Inn on the Beach
Inn on the Beach is a beautiful little beach front restaurant offering amazing sea views, beach views and food. Head here for a cocktail, a large glass of wine, and taste some of their fresh seafood dishes!
Seaview Fish and Chips
Seaview Fish and Chips is just that: a chippy with sea views! Head here for some baked cod, scampi, or chips with mushy peas!
The Olive Leaf
The Olive Leaf is a pub near Hayling Beach in Portsmouth offering great pints, amazing pub food, and delicious Italian fare.
Best hotels and accommodation near Hayling Beach Portsmouth
Newtown House Hotel
The Newtown House Hotel is one of the only hotels near Hayling Beach in Portsmouth. It offers light and airy rooms in beautiful 18th-century farmhouse. The hotel has a large garden with outdoor furniture and a bar where you can order nice cocktails or a pint of beer.
This one-bedroom beachfront apartment near Hayling Beach is ‘’shore to please’’ as it looks out over Hayling beach in Portsmouth. With BBQ facilities and outside seating, this beachfront apartment near Hayling Beach Portsmouth is a fan-favourite!
Sea Scene’s Hayling Island
Sea Scene’s Hayling Island is a beautiful house near Hayling Beach offering 2 large bedrooms and sea views from the living room. The house offers an outside space with outdoor furniture from where you have views onto the beach and the sea.
Budds Wall Beach Portsmouth
Budds Wall Beach Portsmouth is a very small muddy beach near the Southmoor Nature Reserve. Although it is not necessary the best beach for tanning, it is perfect for picnics, welly walks or long walks with the dog. Budds Wall Beach Portsmouth is often deserted making it quite peaceful. From Buds Wall Beach in Portsmouth you will have amazing views onto Bakers island and the Farlington Marshes.
There is nothing very close to Budds Wall Beach as it literally borders a nature reserve. If you are biking or love long walks, you can always walk to the restaurants and pubs mentioned below.
Best restaurants and pubs near Budds Wall Beach in Portsmouth
The Ship Inn Langstone
The Ship Inn in Langstone is a beautiful and modern pub set in a former mill. This Portsmouth pub has its own moorings if you would like to arrive by boat and offers freshly caught local fish.
Royal Oak Havant
The Royal Oak Pub in Havant is a seafront pub with a large sun soaked beer garden. They serve great pints and local pub fare. Head here for amazing beach views.
Best places to stay near Budds Wall Beach in Portsmouth
This cosy little cottage near Budds Wall beach in Potsmouth offers bright and airy rooms in a blue sea theme. The cottage comes with a traditional wood burner and has a cosy little garden with outdoor furniture.
2A The Mews
2A The News is a beautifully renovated house with fishbone parquet. 2A The News offers a modern interior with a modern fully equipped kitchen and French windows opening up to a cosy garden area.
Langstone Quays Resort
A short drive from Budds Wall beach you can find Langstone Quays Resort. This resort on Hayling Island boasts gorgeous sea views, a beautiful restaurant, an indoor swimming pool and a fully equipped gym.
Portchester Castle Beach
Last but not least you can also head to the Portchester Castle Beach in Portsmouth. This little strip of shingle beach of Portchester Castle is perfect for dog walks or picnics. The beach is only really available when the tide is low, making it a great beach for walks.
As it is located right next to the Portchester Castle, it is a beach with an interesting history. Portchester Castle beach is a great beach to visit when visiting Portchester castle. This Portsmouth Beach will offer you views onto Portsmouth in the distance and the beautiful Portsmouth Harbour
Best places to eat near Portchester Castle beach
The Cormorant is a nice pub and restaurant close to Portchester Castle Beach. It serves traditional pub food at reasonable prices. At the back his pub near Portchester Castle Beach Portsmouth offers picnic benches in the beer garden.
84 By the Shore
84 by the shore is a coffee shop near Portchester Castle Beach in Portsmouth. They offer nice cakes, fresh coffee and beautiful views over the Portsmouth harbour!
The Beach Hut Café
The Beach Hut Café is a beautiful café with amazing views over Paulsgrove lake. This café serves typical café fare such as English Breakfasts and bacon baps in an upscale environment. Enjoy the gorgeous views over the water!
Best accommodations and hotels near Portchester Castle beach
The Roundabout Hotel
The Roundabout Hotel is a quintessentially British hotel and restaurant near Portchester Castle Beach. They serve typical pub fare and offer nice, cosy and clean rooms to the guests.
Portsmouth Marriott Hotel
The Portsmouth Mariott Hotel is also close to the Portchester Castle Beach. The Mariott in Portsmouth offers clean and modern rooms. This hotel even has a large back garden with outdoor furniture where you can enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine.
Springbank is a large 4-bedroom holiday house near Portchester Castle Beach. This holiday home offers large and cosy rooms as well as a beautiful living room with wood fire. In the back garden you will find a deck with outdoor furniture.
Lieze Neven is a globetrotting travel writer and expat currently based in Nepal. With a passion for exploration, she has lived in Dubai, the UK, and Belgium, alongside her international teacher husband. Her parents live in France and she tries to visit Paris at least once a year. Together, they travel the world looking for the best hotels, experiences and food locations have to offer!