King James's and Landport Gates, Portsmouth

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2EJ

Before You Go

These two ornamental gateways were once part of Portsmouth's defences. King James's Gate dates to 1687 and has been moved, but Landport Gate, built in 1760, remains in its original position. It was once the main entrance to Portsmouth and was possibly based on a design by Nicholas Hawksmoor.

Read more about the history of the gates.

Before You Go

How to Find Them: King James's Gate forms the entrance to the United Services Recreation Ground on Burnaby Road. Landport Gate serves as the entrance to the ground on St George's Road.

Other Information: There is no access to the interior.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

Plan a Great Day Out

Make the most of your visit to Portsmouth and visit Royal Garrison Church, less than a mile away from the gates. It was badly damaged by a firebomb raid in 1941 but the chancel is still roofed and furnished. 

Also nearby are the remains of Southwick Priory, once a famous place of pilgrimage, and the impressive remains of Portchester Castle. At Portchester you can explore the site with an audio tour, climb the tower to take in the commanding views of the Solent and treat yourself to a souvenir in the gift shop.