Portsmouth is a vibrant cosmopolitan port city has been a busy maritime centre since the medieval period, and is now a popular embarking point for luxury cruise ships. As you might expect, it has an excellent variety of hotels catering to all tastes and budgets, and is also noted for its diverse restaurant scene and vibrant nightlife.
Birthplace of One of Britain's Most Influential Writers
On February 7th 1812, Charles Dickens was born at 1 Mile End Terrace in the Landport area of Portsmouth, and spent the remainder of his early years here. The address, now 393 Old Commercial Road, is the location of the Charles Dickens Birthplace museum, where you can see many intriguing artefacts related to his life, including personal possessions.
Her Majesty's Naval Base
One of the world's first dry docks, Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) is an important headquarters for the Royal Navy. This has been a port for well over 800 years, and is home to many of the country's largest royal ships. Close by you can find stylish, affordable hotels such as the Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth Gunwharf Quays, which provides coffee-makers and WiFi access in all of its rooms.
Renowned for its Emirates Spinnaker Tower
170 metres tall, the Emirates Spinnaker Tower is one of Britain's greatest 21st century landmarks, opening in 2005. It has been hired for various high-profile radio and TV broadcasts, and has a spacious observation deck where you can enjoy a terrific if somewhat vertigo-inducing view of Portsmouth harbour!</p.
The Mary Rose Museum
This museum features the well-preserved Mary Rose ship that was designed in the 15th Century and served for more than three decades. Unfortunately, the Tudor structure sunk in the Solent in 1545 during an attack against the French fleet, although the wreck was rediscovered and miraculously reconstructed after the Second World War. The Mary Rose Museum celebrated its 30th anniversary in 1984 and offers a fascinating insight into this area's naval history.
Whichever Portsmouth hotel you choose, you'll receive comfortable rooms, good quality bedding, and friendly receptions where you can find out more about what to see and do in the city.
You can also check out our competitive hotels in Brighton as an alternative seaside destination for your stay.