Delve into the maritime heritage of Britain at this port city on England’s south coast. Enjoy great retail, beautiful parks and traditional seaside entertainment.
Portsmouth is the epicenter of England’s naval traditions and a place to visit historical ships, submarines and nautical-themed museums. Walk in the footsteps of King Henry VIII, Horatio Nelson and the acclaimed writer Charles Dickens. Spread across Portsea Island, on the shores of The Solent, Portsmouth boasts great beaches, coastal parks and sea views.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is an enthralling homage to the city’s seafaring achievements. Step onboard warships such as HMS M.33, HMS Warrior and Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory. Relive life on Henry VIII’s favorite warship at the Mary Rose Museum. Interactive exhibits delve deeper into maritime history and career of Nelson at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Stroll around the city’s medieval landmarks in Old Portsmouth. Notable landmarks include the 15th-century Round Tower, which has an art gallery and observation deck. Admire the Romanesque design of the 800-year-old Portsmouth Cathedral and see the shell of the bombed Royal Garrison Church. Atmospheric pubs line the cobblestone lanes of The Point district.
Modern leisure and shopping attractions characterize Gunwharf Quays. Browse art exhibitions, shop at brandname outlets and enjoy the cool atmosphere from waterside cafés. Spinnaker Tower offers breathtaking views of Portsmouth Harbour from its glass-floored lookout deck.
Head inland to Portsmouth City Centre, home to architectural landmarks such as Portsmouth Guildhall and St. John’s Cathedral. The Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum celebrates one of England’s greatest writers.
Seaside fun for all beckons in Southsea. Explore the Henry VIII-built Southsea Castle and enjoy the sunshine at Southsea Beach and Eastney Beach. Clarence Pier and South Parade Pier have fairground rides, amusement arcades and live music venues. Find picnic sites, playgrounds, themed gardens and sports facilities at seafront Southsea Common and Southsea Green.
Portsmouth is about a 2-hour direct train journey from Bristol and London. High-speed hovercrafts depart for the Isle of Wight and ferries cross the English Channel to port towns on France’s Normandy coastline.