Old Portsmouth Beach (Victoria Pier)

Hampshire

Old Portsmouth Beach (Victoria Pier)
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A small shingle beach sheltered by the historic fortifications of Portsmouth. It is located in the mouth of Portsmouth harbour. This beach can sometimes be affected by heavy wash from passing ships.

Activities

Swimming and fishing are popular. There is no zoning for water sports. Cafes and bars for a bite to eat or drink are nearby.

Wildlife and Walks

Surrounded by a multitude of landmarks and a cathedral there’s much to explore in this historic city.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Weather

This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.


Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Old Portsmouth Beach (Victoria Pier)

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway

Parking

 

There is parking available for around 300 cars - a charge applies.

Dog restrictions

 

Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer

Lifeguards

None.