About Christ Church Portsdown
Situated on the old A3 London Road, this spacious Church and associated Church Hall complex is sited virtually at the top of Portsdown Hill and a few yards from spectacular views over Portsea Island.
We are indebted to the webmaster of Christ Church Portsdown for permission to use their photo (right) on our website. The copyright of the photo remains with the Church. You can see a larger version of this photo on their website.
As with many of the churches in Hampshire and Sussex, the structure is built of flint, and in fact the Church is surprisingly recent, consecrated in 1874.
The Church has level access for wheelchairs.
The Church grounds contain the Church Hall, where there is parking for a number of cars away from the main road.
Christchurch has a capacity of several hundred and, as you can see from the photo of the interior, it is beautifully decorated with a circular eastern end to the Church which captures the sound from the choir stalls and pushes it back to the audience - ideal for the gentle sound of classical guitar.
Arriving by train
The nearest station is Cosham, which is on the Southampton to Portsmouth line. The nearest station with easy connections to Petersfield and Brighton is Havant.
Arriving by bus
There are buses from Cosham (to the south) and Waterlooville/Horndean (to the north) that stop outside the Church
Arriving by car
Visitors from the West
Join the M27 eastbound. As the road descends Portsdown Hill, take the first left, just before the turn signed M275 Portsmouth. Follow the road signed Cosham, and at the roundabout turn left (signed Waterlooville) and climb Portsdown Hill on London Road. The Church is on the right, just after the crest of the hill, 100m after the road ducks under another at right angles to it.
Visitors from the East - join the A27 westbound
Visitors from the North - take the A3M and stay on it as it becomes the A27 westbound.
Turn off at the sign to Hilsea (800m after the first turn to Portsmouth, and before the M275 to Portsmouth Dockyard and Ferry Port. At the roundabout, turn right and head for Cosham. After two roundabouts, proceed straight up Portsdown Hill on London Road. The Church is on the right, just after the crest of the hill, 100m after the road ducks under another at right angles to it.
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For more information about the Church visit its website