Centuries of Naval history, waterfront shopping, superb dining, soaring sights and miles of amazing beaches. Ideally situated on the beautiful south coast, only 90 minutes from London.
Portsmouth is a top destination choice for visitors from the UK and around the globe. It is packed with proud naval and maritime heritage, vibrant shopping destination, towering world-class attractions, great museums and galleries, a multitude of places to eat and drink, and miles and miles of beautiful seafront.
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Places To Visit
One thing Portsmouth is not short of is great world-class attractions! Start with a great view of the city and miles around from the top of the iconic Spinnaker Tower. Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and discover 800 years of maritime history including visits to the Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Head into Southsea and discover the story of the D-Day landings at the D-Day Museum and stand in awe at the mastery that is the Overlord Embroidery. Walk in the steps of Henry VIII as you explore his Southsea Castle, wander along the waterfront to Eastney and the fabulous Royal Marines Museum. Families can have great fun with a visit to the Blue Reef Aquarium, the Pyramids Centre entertainment complex, Cumberland House Natural History Museum or just enjoy the miles of waterfront and beaches.
Step Back in Time
Portsmouth was founded circa 1180 and received its first charter from Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) in 1194. Since then the city has been a key player in many major historical events, including Nelson’s last battle at Trafalgar, the sailing of the First Fleet to Australia, and the D-Day Landings.
Portsmouth’s history can be uncovered at Portsmouth Museum, which houses the ‘Story of Portsmouth’, a fantastic exhibition that shows how life has changed in the city over the past centuries along with temporary exhibitions that range from ancient history to local architecture.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard exhibits over 800 years of naval history within the surroundings of its working docks. Visit Admiral Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory the world’s oldest commissioned warship, or discover the story of the Mary Rose which was raised from the seabed off the coast of Portsmouth in 1982.
The coast and seafront of Portsmouth has played a large part in national and international history. Here, you’ll find the D-Day Museum which is the UK’s only museum dedicated to the Normandy landings that took place during the Second World War. You’ll also discover Southsea Castle, built by Henry VIII as well as many historic forts, follies, towers and the Royal Marines Museum.
Guided Walks & Talks
Packed with centuries of history, dazzling architecture and famous points of interest, Portsmouth is the perfect place to discover by foot or on a coach with one of our expert guides from Portsmouth Tourism Guiding Service.
Throughout the year we have a packed programme of guided walks and talks covering everything from Portsmouth’s involvement in the D-Day landings to public art in the city.
Don’t miss our spook-tacular evening ghost walks uncovering the dark side of Portsmouth’s history that run throughout the summer and autumn.
Things to Do in Portsmouth
When planning your trip to Portsmouth why not stay for a few extra days and make the most of what the city has to offer?
For ideas on things to do in Portsmouth, tripadvisor is a great place to start for visitor recommendations:
Alternatively, have a look at the Visit Portsmouth 2018 Visitor Guide:
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