Things to do in Portsmouth

With loads going on, Portsmouth is a great city to explore. There’s no shortage of shopping, food and drink venues and attractions and you won’t need to travel far to find something to suit the whole family. A wide range of hotels in Portsmouth also means you can stay for as long as you like.

Where is Portsmouth?

The city of Portsmouth is located in Hampshire, England and is full of history. Many visitors ask – is Portsmouth an island? Nicknamed Pompey, the city is mainly built on Portsea Island and, as such, is the only island city in the UK.

Adding to the city’s unique character is Portsmouth Harbour, home of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the famous Emirates Spinnaker Tower. Our Portsmouth to Fishbourne vehicle ferry route and Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head FastCat service operate out of the Harbour.

 

What’s nearby?

Nearby cities include Southampton, Reading and London, with nearby towns including Gosport, Fareham, Havant and Waterlooville.

Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays

Portsmouth’s premier designer shopping outlet and home to over 90 famous brands with discounts all day, every day. Portsmouth Vue cinema is also located at Gunwharf Quays alongside a number of restaurants – perfect for a quick wonder or a great day out.

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Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Experience a bird’s-eye view of Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent – enjoying 350 degree views. Standing 170 metres tall with a 23 mile view over the surrounding area – let Emirates Spinnaker Tower take your breath away.

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Portsmouth Guildhall

Portsmouth Guildhall

Boasting a world-class programme of events, Portsmouth Guildhall has something for everyone. With a mix of exhibitions and a casual dining space, The Square Kitchen, it’s a must see for any visit to Portsmouth.

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Mary Rose Museum

Mary Rose Museum

Home to the Mary Rose and thousands of artefacts recovered from the Solent. The Mary Rose was one of Henry VIII favourite ships. And now, thanks to cutting edge technology, you can see that history brought to life at the award-winning Mary Rose Museum.

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Victorious Festival

Portsmouth is home to a truly unique festival. Located directly on the glorious seafront, Victorious brings together live music, delicious international cuisine and bustling market stalls, full of quirky goods.

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Culture

Culture

There are plenty of attractions that take you on a trip through time to tell the story of Portsmouth. Take an exciting and educational day out at Portsmouth Museum, discover the history of the sea in interactive ways at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, or visit the birthplace home of Charles Dickens.

Beaches

Beaches

With Portsmouth set on the coast, you’ll always be moments from the beach during your time in the city. Southsea is the go to area if you’re in search of the shoreline, with miles of beach to explore.  The popular Clarence Pier in Southsea is only a 5 minute drive from our Portsmouth Gunwharf port and it’s a great place for views over the Solent.

Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment

Portsmouth is home to a number of venues showing the finest performances the city has to offer. Aside from Portsmouth Guildhall, there’s also the King’s Theatre, opened in 1907, and the New Theatre Royal, located in the heart of Portsmouth. If art is more your fancy, then Aspex is the city’s leading contemporary art gallery and completely free to enter.

Discover more of Portsmouth

We’ve created the Wightlink Explorer, a great way to find what’s going on in Portsmouth. Our easy-to-use tool will help you discover the perfect event or attraction for you in the city.

Wightlink Explorer

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