All you need to know about Cosham

A northern suburb of Portsmouth, Cosham lies within the city boundary but off Portsea Island. It has a population of nearly 14,000 people, following considerable growth from the 1920s onwards.

Before then, Cosham – which is a name of Saxon origin – was just a small village largely surrounded by fields.

The suburb is very close to Port Solent, Portchester Castle and Portsmouth itself, making it an ideal location for commuters and families seeking affordable housing.

Cosham high street is made up of cafés, coffee chains, pubs, takeaways, local businesses and a good mixture of high street favourites and independent stores. 

The average price of property in Cosham is around the £245,000 mark, with terraced properties by far and away the most popular.

Detached and semi-detached homes, flats, stylish apartments, bungalows and maisonettes are also on offer. Prices in Cosham have risen by around 13% in the last year and by almost 20% since 2010.

Things to do

Set in an old 19th century fort – Fort Purbrook – Peter Ashley Activity Centre offers wall climbing for all abilities, from beginners to advanced. Great fun for all ages.

PlayZone Portsmouth, meanwhile, caters to adults and kids alike and is described as the biggest, brightest indoor adventure play area on the south coast.

It’s great for kids’ birthday parties and rainy days where you’re at a loose end, plus they also hold adult only nights where you can let your inner child go wild and take a trip down softplay memory lane.

Portchester Castle is also nearby – great for long, lazy summer days and school trips – while Port Solent is a high-end leisure destination offering restaurants, bars, boutique shopping, a multi-screen cinema and stunning views of the 800 berth marina it overlooks.

It labels itself the south coast’s foremost dining and leisure experience – and we can’t really argue with that!

What’s more, Portsmouth is a short hop away – with numerous cultural, leisure and sporting activities on offer – while King George Playing Field is the place to head if you’re a dog-walker, runner, cyclist or keen fan of Sunday league football.

Food & drink

You needn’t go far for the best that Cosham has to offer. The high street is home to a number of cafés, restaurants and pubs. One of the best is Marjorie’s Tearooms & Bistro (beautifully presented afternoon teas, breakfasts, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, light lunches, that sort of thing) and the equally brilliant Highbury Café & Restaurant, where you can expect hearty portions and attentive service.

The Palace Café Restaurant does an equally excellent Full English breakfast, while those looking to soak up the joys of a traditional British pub should look no further than The George Inn or The Red Lion Hotel (the latter of which provides excellent freshly made pizzas).

As for takeaways, Golden City and Golden Boat are both great for lovers of Chinese cuisine, while Tasty Plaice, Pat & Ian’s Fish Bar and Cosham Balti House are other good options.


Transport links here are excellent, with the A27, M27, A3 and M275 (towards Portsmouth) all easy to reach.

Rail links are also strong, with easy access to Portsmouth Harbour and Southampton Central, as well as direct trains running to Cardiff Central (just over 3h) and London Waterloo or London Victoria (around 1h 40m).

Buses, too, run frequently to Portsmouth and other nearby areas, while Southampton Airport is a 20 minute drive way (without traffic).

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