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Portsmouth
Travel Guide

Port Solent featuring a bay or harbor

A former medieval port town, this cultured city attracts visitors with its splendid architecture and rich history, documented in its many museums.

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.

Where to stay in Portsmouth

ibis Portsmouth Centre
ibis Portsmouth Centre
3.5 out of 5
Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, England
The price is ¥6,188 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Portsmouth City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ...
3.8/5Good! (986 reviews)
"The hotel felt safe without being militant. Really clean. Helpful staff. Would recommend"

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

ibis Portsmouth Centre
The Jolly Sailor
The Jolly Sailor
3 out of 5
54 Clarence Parade, Portsmouth, England
The price is ¥7,367 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
Located in Southsea, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of The D-Day Story and Spitbank Fort. Gunwharf Quays and University of Portsmouth are also within ...
3.5/5Good! (175 reviews)
"Good value for money but could be doing with an update."

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

The Jolly Sailor
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - North
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - North
3.5 out of 5
Eastern Road, Farlington, Portsmouth, England
The price is ¥8,987 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Portsmouth Guildhall, Gunwharf Quays, and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)
"Does the job . Free parking and 13 minute drive to the historical docks."

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - North
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.
Room in a Stylish Designer's House With Garden Close to Supermarkets and Parks
Room in a Stylish Designer's House With Garden Close to Supermarkets and Parks
Portsmouth, ENG
Situated in Portsmouth, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fratton Park and Portsmouth International Port. Gunwharf Quays and University of Portsmouth ...
Room in a Stylish Designer's House With Garden Close to Supermarkets and Parks
Horseshoe Apartments
Horseshoe Apartments
Portsmouth, ENG
Located in Southsea, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of University of Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Perfect position in the city.
"Let’s get rid of the negative as the positives out way them. Dish cloth and toilet brush were dirty. Kitchen cupboard needs fixing. Now all the positives...the flat was in an excellent position in the city for the beach, city centre, old Portsmouth, gunwarf and the kings theatre. The flat was clean ..."

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Horseshoe Apartments
Old Victory House
Old Victory House
3 out of 5
25 Ordnance Row, Portsmouth, England
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth ...
3.3/5 (7 reviews)
Top location with free parking
"Great location for the docks and shopping. Parking permit a bonus and room and shower room nice a clean."

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Old Victory House
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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