Portsmouth Cathedral



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Founded on the site of a 12th-century chapel built to honour the newly martyred Thomas a Beckett, this vast cathedral owes much of its modern appearance to remodelling in the 16th and 17th centuries. This includes the wooden cupola on the central tower, which was added in 1703, with a light to aid shipping. When its status as Portsmouth’s Anglican cathedral was announced in 1927, further remodelling was planned and partially undertaken by Sir Charles Nicholson, but the interruption of World War II and a subsequent lack of funds meant it was not finally completed until 1991. Inside, high Byzantine-style arches supported on white stone pillars give a sense of light and airiness.

Portsmouth Cathedral
Cathedral Office,Saint Thomas's Street,PORTSMOUTH,PO1 2HA


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Induction loop, ramps, lift, wheelchair available
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open daily, all year; Mon–Fri 8.30–6.45, Sat 9.30–5.30, Sun 7.45–6.45

About the area

Discover Hampshire

Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.

If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.

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