PortsmouthUnited Kingdom

4.1/5Top Destination

Portsmouth awaits: its museums, bars, monuments and more!

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.

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Shopping, Museums and Dining

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Where to stay in Portsmouth

Cosham
Cosham, Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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Cosham

Known for Friendly People, Dining, Family-friendly

4/5(79 reviews)

Cosham is well-liked for many features, particularly its restaurants, waterfront views and spas. Though there may not be top sights in Cosham, consider a stop by Portchester Castle or Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, located nearby.

Portsmouth City Centre
Portsmouth City Centre, England, United Kingdom

Portsmouth City Centre

Known for Friendly People, Bars, Ferry

4/5(52 reviews)

Portsmouth City Centre is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Portsmouth Guildhall and St. John's Cathedral while in the area.

Old Portsmouth
Old Portsmouth, Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

Old Portsmouth

Known for Monuments, Historical Buildings

You'll enjoy the monuments and historical sites in Old Portsmouth. You might want to make time for a stop at Cathedral of St. Thomas or The Point.

Buckland
Buckland, Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

Buckland

If you're spending some time in Buckland, Portsmouth International Port and Charles Dickens Birthplace are top sights worth seeing.

Top hotels in Portsmouth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ibis Portsmouth Centre
ibis Portsmouth Centre
3.5 out of 5
Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, England
£43
per night
8 Nov-9 Nov

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

3.8/5Good! (1,269 reviews)

"Rooms need air con as outside noise excessive. Means windows cannot be left open"…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2019

ibis Portsmouth Centre
Portsmouth Marriott Hotel
Portsmouth Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
Southampton Road, Portsmouth, England
£63
per night
17 Nov-18 Nov

Located in Cosham, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Gunwharf Quays, Spinnaker Tower and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Portsmouth Cosham Station is 26 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,119 reviews)

"Clean ,bright ,big rooms Staff were lovely ,friendly but professional One down side was the restaurant.it appeared that they were short staffed.Took a long time to be served. Service was slow"…"

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2019

Portsmouth Marriott Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - North
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - North
3.5 out of 5
Eastern Road, Farlington, Portsmouth, England
£37
per night
10 Nov-11 Nov

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Kings Theatre, University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Guildhall. Gunwharf Quays and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (709 reviews)

"Clean, friendly staff, good value , good food, located off the main road, close to shopping and main town"…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2019

Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - North

Popular things to do in Portsmouth

Gunwharf Quays
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Gunwharf Quays

4.5/5(302 reviews)

Stretching along the sea is one of Portsmouth's coolest areas, with plenty of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants as well as a contemporary art gallery. 

Spinnaker Tower
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Spinnaker Tower

4.5/5(134 reviews)

Ascend to the viewing platform of Portsmouth's most iconic modern landmark for excellent views over the city and coast.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

4.5/5(230 reviews)

Find heroic ships, triumphant naval vessels and World War I frigates at this dockyard, a tribute to the city’s maritime might.

University of Portsmouth
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University of Portsmouth

4/5(37 reviews)

The harbors of Portsmouth helped the city establish its importance in the world. Now this university continues innovating to deliver a global influence.

HMS Victory
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HMS Victory

4.5/5(127 reviews)

Lord Nelson's triumphant warship is one of the best-preserved vessels from the Napoleonic wars and one of Portsmouth's most impressive attractions.

Portsmouth International Port
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Portsmouth International Port

4/5(16 reviews)

Embark on a trip to Europe or enter the lovely town of Portsmouth, England, through the comfort and ease of this modern port.

Top activities in Portsmouth

Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Portsmouth
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Portsmouth

£10

Our popular VIP Party Passes offer a great variety of weekend nightlife entries. We have been booking groups small and large onto the guestlists all over the UK for a decade. We have designed our Nightlife Deals get you VIP entry into selected, popular clubs and bars.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower Admission Ticket
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Emirates Spinnaker Tower Admission Ticket

£12

Emirates Spinnaker Tower stands at 170 metres tall, offering breath-taking 23 mile views over Portsmouth Harbour, the city, the Solent, the South Downs and the Isle of Wight. The iconic structure is a popular destination boasting a high speed lift and three sky-high viewing decks.

Vacation Photographer in Portsmouth
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Vacation Photographer in Portsmouth

£24

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Ticket
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Ticket

£31

Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for a truly memorable family day out. Explore historic ships, including Lord Nelson’s world famous flagship HMS Victory, Queen Victoria’s HMS Warrior and the only surviving ship from the First World War’s Gallipoli Campaign, HMS M.

Private Minivan: London - Southampton Port
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Private Minivan: London - Southampton Port

£220

Enjoy convenient private transportation between London and Southampton Port in the comfort of a standard minivan. For transfers to or from Southampton Port, the serviced areas are: London Select this option for hotels located in London city center or for London airports.

Osborne Entrance Ticket
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Osborne Entrance Ticket

£19

Visit: Osborne House, York Ave, East Cowes PO32 6JX England Visit to find out and enjoy an intimate insight into Queen Victoria's life at her palatial seaside retreat. With magnificent gardens rolling away from house down to the beach.

Reviews of Portsmouth

4.1

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

1 Oct 2019

There was plenty to see and do and we felt the hotel was perfectly placed.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

20 Sep 2019

Southsea is pretty and near.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

20 Sep 2019

Enjoyed the Millenium Walk along the seafront/harbour too. And glorious autumn sunshine all the way!

4/5 - Good

Tej

19 Sep 2019

It was more of a business trip. But overall a good trjo

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

19 Sep 2019

Very scenic, interesting walks from Southsea right round to Gunwharf Quays and the Historic Dockyards.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

18 Sep 2019

Loads to see if you have the time.lots of shopping and eating places.