Southsea Common

Royal Navy Memorial © Peter Trimming
Southsea Castle © Peter Facey
Southsea Common © Chris Gunns

This walk around Southsea Common is a gentle stroll and will take approximately one hour. It offers sea views and interesting historic memorials and passes the birthplace of a famous British comedian.

Starting at the Hovercraft terminal on the seafront the trail visits the Trafalgar, HMS Chesapeake, HMS Shannon, the Royal Navy and Crimean war memorials, the Blue Reef aquarium and the D-Day museum.

Then you will head north away from the sea along Avenue de Caen and then across the common along a path known as the Ladies Mile.

On the northern edge of Southsea Common and above the Mayfair Chinese restaurant you will find the apartment that Peter Sellers, star of the Goons, the Pink Panther films and many other productions, was born Richard Henry Sellers on 8th September 1925.

To read and print the trail leaflet produced by the author, Welcome To Portsmouth, please click here. To print the trail summary and map produced by Walk and Cycle please click here.

Trail Location

You can park at Clarence Pier car park, Esplanade car park or on the street in the area. Southsea can be reached via the A3(M), M27/A27 and M275 motorways.

The Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth and Southsea train station is located next to the Guildhall Square. The station has services to Southampton, Guildford, Chichester, London, Bath, Bristol and Cardiff, as well as easy connecting services to Bournemouth, Brighton and beyond.

The Hard Bus Interchange is a short walk away. National Express run direct to this interchange.

The Hovercraft terminal from where the trail starts has regular services to the Isle of Wight.

Hampshire Cottages

Beautiful Hampshire holiday cottages and self-catering accommodation perfectly located for walking and cycling the trails of this unique county