Portsmouth

Travel Guide
HMS Warrior

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.

Where to stay in Portsmouth

Farmhouse Innlodge by Greene King Inns
Farmhouse Innlodge by Greene King Inns
2 out of 5
M27 Junction 12 A1 Junction 5, Portsmouth, England
The price is $61 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fratton Park, Portsmouth International Port, and Eastney Beach. Royal Marines Museum and St. John's ...
3.6/5 Good! (596 reviews)
"Nice room in house restaurant great food good value would stay again"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

Farmhouse Innlodge by Greene King Inns
Village Hotel Portsmouth
Village Hotel Portsmouth
4 out of 5
Lakeshore Drive, Portsmouth, England
The price is $109 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Cosham, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Portsmouth International Port and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Portchester Castle. Royal Armouries ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (965 reviews)
"Room was compact but all I needed and it was smart. The gym facilities were great which is what I needed."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Village Hotel Portsmouth
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays
3 out of 5
The Plaza Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, England
The price is $96 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays, Spinnaker Tower, and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. HMS Victory and HMS Warrior ...
3.9/5 Good! (961 reviews)
"Nice weekend stay ,staff were excellent ."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays
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.
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 ...
3.9/5 Good! (38 reviews)
Lovely apartment, will definitely go back.
"First time in an apartment. So lucky to have chosen these rather than local hotels. Well furnished, comfy beds, all the facilities you could need. Will definitely go back."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Gunwharf Quays Apartments
St Georges Balcony Suite
St Georges Balcony Suite
4 out of 5
8 Montague Wallis Court, St Georges Way, Portsmouth, England
Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays, Spinnaker Tower, and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"Lovely well appointed property which is ideally suited for the Portsmouth Historic Dock and Gunwharf Quays. Good communication with owner. Nice to find some milk and tea / coffee facilities - a thoughtful touch. So much better than staying in a Hotel."

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

St Georges Balcony Suite
Spacious Old Portsmouth Apartment near Gunwharf
Spacious Old Portsmouth Apartment near Gunwharf
Portsmouth, ENG
Situated in Portsmouth, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays, Southsea Hoverport, and Clarence Pier. Spinnaker Tower and University ...
3.5/5 Good! (2 reviews)
Location ok but disappointed!
"Beds were clean. But bedrooms dusty. Kitchen well equipped but needed a very thorough clean. Didn't dare put an"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Spacious Old Portsmouth Apartment near Gunwharf
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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