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PortsmouthUnited Kingdom

A former medieval port town, this cultured city attracts visitors with its splendid architecture and rich history, documented in its many museums.

The historic ships that line the waterfront of Portsmouth’s harbor are testament to this city's marine heritage, yet it's not just fans of maritime lore who are drawn here. Admire its state-of-the-art buildings and explore its bustling shopping centers and modern museums to see the dynamic place it has become.

Learn everything you need to know about the city in the Portsmouth Museum, a beautiful red-brick building with exhibits detailing the town’s eventful history. Select from the many other museums in the city. Board Lord Nelson's flagship, the HMS Victory, for a flavor of seafaring life or choose one of the other vessels at the Historic Dockyard. Experience different periods of military history in the D-Day Museum, the Royal Marines Museum or Southsea Castle, a Tudor fortress that faces the sea.

To get the best view of Portsmouth, travel up the iconic Spinnaker Tower, a distinctive building shaped like a sail. Steel yourself as you step onto glass floors and look down at the city far below. For additional exciting views, ride a roller coaster at Clarence Pier Amusement Park and climb along its swinging high ropes course.

Find plenty of trendy places to shop and eat in Portsmouth. Spend your day at Gunwharf Quays, a complex that features shops, cafés, a bowling alley, a cinema and an art gallery, all on the oceanfront. In the evening, relax at Port Solent, a marina area packed with stylish restaurants of every kind.

Visit in August for Victorious Festival, which features live music, food and drink tasting and kids’ events. In June, an electric atmosphere pervades as the whole city is taken over by Portsmouth Festivities, a 10-day celebration of arts across multiple venues.

Portsmouth is connected to London and other major cities by regular trains. The nearest airport is in Southampton. Book a long stay to enjoy everything happening in this lively and exciting city.

Where to stay in Portsmouth

Top hotels in Portsmouth

ibis Portsmouth Centre
ibis Portsmouth Centre
3.5 out of 5
Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, England
The price is £38 per night from 13 Dec to 14 Dec

Located in Portsmouth City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS ...

3.8/5Good! (973 reviews)

"Everything was great but unfortunately our tv did not have an internet connection so we could not use the streaming feature which is advertised on the TV."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

ibis Portsmouth Centre
Village Hotel Portsmouth
Village Hotel Portsmouth
4 out of 5
Lakeshore Drive, Portsmouth, England
The price is £47 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec

Located in Cosham, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Farlington Marshes and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Portsmouth International Port. Portchester Castle is 2.8 mi ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,020 reviews)
My stay

"I enjoyed my stay and the gym & swimming pool are open but not the sauna or steam room. I didn’t enjoy dinner which was the steak it was chewy plus my 2 other friends had the same with there steak. I will not order that again but the rest of the food looked good."…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

Village Hotel Portsmouth
Ship Leopard Boutique Hotel
Ship Leopard Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
15 - 16 The Hard, Portsmouth, England
The price is £65 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth ...

4.4/5Excellent! (199 reviews)

"Lovely spacious room overlooking the harbour (& bus station but the hotel can’t help where that is!). Clean and with a sizeable breakfast. Perfect location for the docks, both museum and ferries"…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2020

Ship Leopard Boutique Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Portsmouth

Gunwharf Quays Apartments
Gunwharf Quays Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Gunwharf Quays Residential, Portsmouth, England

Located in the heart of Portsmouth, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays, Cathedral of St. Thomas and Spinnaker Tower. Royal ...

3.8/5Good! (36 reviews)
Great location

"Great location. We parked our car and ventured out everywhere on foot. The flat had everything we needed, though more spices and condiments in the cupboard would be a bonus in future. The bed wasn’t the most comfy and I noticed the bedroom curtains had a stain, as we visited in the summer we were ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2020

Gunwharf Quays Apartments
Old Victory House
Old Victory House
3 out of 5
25 Ordnance Row, Portsmouth, England

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth ...

3.5/5Good! (8 reviews)
Pleasant Stay at Old Victory House

"My room at the Old Victory House was quiet and comfortable. The bathroom was perhaps a bit compact but usable. The wifi worked well. The breakfast down at the Lady Hamilton was good and the people pleasant and helpful. It made for a good home base for my stay in Portsmouth."…"

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2019

Old Victory House
St Georges Balcony Suite
St Georges Balcony Suite
4 out of 5
8 Montague Wallis Court, St Georges Way, Portsmouth, England
The price is £122 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec

Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Victory. University ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)

"Smashing flat, Working at the university, couldn’t be better positioned. All amenities on hand, even a washing machine if required. Comfy beds with a secret study hidden away in the main bedroom. All in, extremely pleased!"…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2020

St Georges Balcony Suite
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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