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Portchester is located in Hampshire
 Portchester shown within Hampshire
OS grid reference SU6105
District Fareham
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town FAREHAM
Postcode district PO16 - PO17
Dialling code 023/01329
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Fareham
List of places

Coordinates: 50°50′31″N 1°07′12″W / 50.842°N 1.12°W / 50.842; -1.12

View of Portchester from Portsdown Hill; castle keep on left, Portsmouth harbour and city in background

Portchester is a locality and suburb 4 miles (6 km) northwest of Portsmouth, England. It is part of the borough of Fareham in Hampshire. Once a small village, Portchester is now a busy part of the expanding conurbation between Portsmouth and Southampton, on the A27 main thoroughfare. Its population according to the 2001 Census was approximately 17,000 residents.

The fort of Portus Adurni is considered the best preserved Roman fort north of the Alps.[1] The name Portchester is of partly Roman origin, from Latin portus (a harbour) and Old English ceaster (Roman fort). The medieval Portchester Castle was built within the fort.

As well as the castle, its Grade I Listed parish church[2][3] St Mary's[4] and the abundance of historic houses in Castle Street, this suburb is well placed for waterfront leisure activities, only a short distance from the UK's third largest marina at Port Solent, and from the historic city of Portsmouth and the market town of Fareham.


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Sport and leisure[edit]

Portchester has a Non-League football club A.F.C. Portchester, which plays at Wicor Recreation Ground.

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Portchester railway station is managed and operated by South West Trains with frequent Southern Railway services. Services run along the coast to Southampton, Fareham, Portsmouth, Havant, Chichester and Brighton. London services to London Waterloo (via Fareham) and London Victoria (via Barnham) also stop at the station.

Bus services[edit]

First Hampshire & Dorset services to Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham, Titchfield, Locks Heath and Warsash


The A27 road cuts through the centre of Portchester running east/west between Fareham and Cosham on the northern outskirts of Portsmouth. Access to the M27 motorway is via Junction 11 at Fareham or Junction 12 at Port Solent

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