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Old PortsmouthPortsmouth

The fascinating landmarks of the former medieval town still stand firm today, helping to piece together the history of this powerful maritime giant.

Crumbling defensive ramparts reveal many of the city’s most historic structures in the Old Portsmouth district. Facing the water, the surviving medieval buildings and intriguing museums provide a glimpse of the city’s rich seafaring history and traditions. On a visit to Old Portsmouth, relax near the water and spot some of the country’s most iconic ships and submarines.

Go for a leisurely walk with your family along the Millennium Promenade on the waterfront. At night, its elegant and traditional lanterns glow to recall the harbor’s historic blue radiance. Stop to enjoy fish and chips at one of the long-standing pubs that have become part of the fabric of Portsmouth.

Overlooking the sea is the imposing Round Tower that was built in the 15th century to defend against French attacks. Climb to its roof, which is always open, for stunning vistas stretching as far as the Isle of Wight. Walk south beside the old ramparts linking the landmark to the nearby Square Tower, which is now a popular wedding venue. Watch a play, movie or concert in this renovated culture hub.

Continue south to reach the Horatio Nelson Statue that depicts the British war hero, alongside an inscription of a prayer. Across the street, you’ll find the Royal Garrison Church, which dates back to the 1200s. Its roof was destroyed in World War II, but a lower gabled closing covers the nave. Inside, admire the colorful stained glass depicting scenes from that war and marvel at the Romanesque and gothic touches of the nearby Portsmouth Cathedral.

The district of Old Portsmouth is at the southern end of Portsmouth Harbour, a little west of the Portsmouth City Centre. Travel by train to the railway station in the heart of the port or get a bus to one of the many stops here. You can also go on a ferry journey from the marina to Gosport or the Isle of Wight.

Old Portsmouth brings back to life military battles, seafaring voyages and medieval customs.


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The Wellington Bar & Restaurant
The Wellington Bar & Restaurant
4 out of 5
62 High St, Portsmouth, England
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Located in Old Portsmouth, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Royal Garrison Church and Gunwharf Quays. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and University ...

3/5 (20 reviews)
Great room slightly below standard complimentaries

"Gorgeous room and lovely decor overall although a few things were broken opun arrival e.g. One of the blinds pull strings was snapped and one of the plant pots was crackes. The staff were very courteous and helpful. I would rate higher but the rooom did not come with any bath products or a hair dryer, ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2020

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Jurys Inn Southampton
Jurys Inn Southampton
4 out of 5
1 Charlotte Place, Southampton, England
The price is £37 per night from 25 Feb to 26 Feb

Located in Southampton City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Southampton Solent University and Mayflower Theatre. St. Mary's Stadium ...

4.1/5Very Good! (987 reviews)
Lovely clean comfortable stay

"Room very clean, had tea coffee, toiletries. Bed was comfy, only thing was duvets were very heavy and too hot. Also woken up by kids banging on doors and making lots of noise, not hotels fault tho"…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

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Holiday Inn Express Southampton M27 Jct7
Holiday Inn Express Southampton M27 Jct7
3 out of 5
Botley Road, West End, Southampton, England
The price is £37 per night from 17 Feb to 18 Feb

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ageas Bowl Cricket Ground, Manor Farm Country Park and Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (982 reviews)

"The hotel staff were very friendly, and did a sterling job considering they were working in lock down conditions."…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2020

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Spitbank Fort
Spitbank Fort
The Solent, Portsmouth, Gosport, England
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Situated in Gosport, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of The D-Day Story and Spitbank Fort. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

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Southampton Harbour Hotel
Southampton Harbour Hotel
5 out of 5
5 Maritime Walk, Ocean Village, Southampton, England
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Located in Southampton City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Solent Sky Museum, Ocean Village Marina and St. Mary's Stadium. WestQuay Shopping ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (509 reviews)

"Room was lovely and after some confusion on a mix up with dates(my Fault) the staff were so helpful and tried their best to make sure we could stay there as it was a on off parents weekend away. Couldnt fault the hotel at all. It was beautiful and so clean. Will definitely be going back as soon as ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2020

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Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
4 out of 5
West Quay Road, Southampton, England
The price is £58 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb

Located in Southampton City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old City Walls and WestQuay Shopping Centre. Southampton Cruise Terminal and ...

3.9/5Good! (990 reviews)

"Hotel nice and friendly staff friendly, check in nice and quick"…"

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2020

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