PortsmouthUnited Kingdom

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

From the top of Portsdown hill you can see Portsmouth and the Spinnaker Tower. Beyond the Solent separates the Isle of Wight from the British mainland.

Cosham

3.5/5Good!(9 area reviews)

Get to know Cosham by checking out its restaurants, waterfront views, and spas. Consider a visit to nearby sights like Portchester Castle or Portsmouth Historic Dockyard during your time in the area.

Cosham
St. John\'s Cathedral

Portsmouth City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(5 area reviews)

Portsmouth City Centre is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Portsmouth Guildhall and St. John's Cathedral while in the area.

Portsmouth City Centre
The Point

Old Portsmouth

You'll enjoy the monuments and historic sites in Old Portsmouth. You might want to make time for a stop at Cathedral of St. Thomas or Old Portsmouth Beach.

Old Portsmouth
Charles Dickens Birthplace

Buckland

Though Buckland might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Portsmouth International Port and Gunwharf Quays.

Buckland

Top Hotels in Portsmouth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 ¥8,604 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth and ...

3.9/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"It was strange times and having breakfast in our rooms and not being able to fully enjoy the hotel. However the staff were second to none. They were pleasant and couldn’t do enough to help. They are a credit to your company and it’s because of them we will be back when visiting family. Thanks"…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - North
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - North
3.5 out of 5
Eastern Road, Farlington, Portsmouth, England
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥7,056 per night

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Portsmouth Guildhall, Gunwharf Quays, and HMS Victory. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (911 reviews)

"Excellent service .Polite and helpful staff.Location was excellent for our needs,up until we had to return home to self isolate due to our age restrictions."…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - North
Village Hotel Portsmouth
Village Hotel Portsmouth
4 out of 5
Lakeshore Drive, Portsmouth, England
The price is ¥9,616 per night

Located in Cosham, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Farlington Marshes and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Portsmouth International Port. Portchester Castle is 2.8 mi ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,017 reviews)
Fantastic staff

"I had booked 3rooms .Two for 2 nights and one for ,1night .We were all there for a surprise 30th and engagement party.I asked if the room for one night could be decorated ,for the engaged couple .This was done beautifully ,nothing was any trouble for the staff and housekeeping.The only downside was ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Village Hotel Portsmouth

Popular places to visit in Portsmouth

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

4.5/5(63 reviews)

Find heroic ships, triumphant naval vessels and World War I frigates at this dockyard, a tribute to the city’s maritime might.

Gunwharf Quays
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Gunwharf Quays

4.5/5(50 reviews)

Stretching along the sea is one of Portsmouth's coolest areas, with plenty of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants as well as a contemporary art gallery. 

University of Portsmouth
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University of Portsmouth

4.5/5(6 reviews)

The harbors of Portsmouth helped the city establish its importance in the world. Now this university continues innovating to deliver a global influence.

HMS Victory
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HMS Victory

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Lord Nelson's triumphant warship is one of the best-preserved vessels from the Napoleonic wars and one of Portsmouth's most impressive attractions.

Mary Rose Museum
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Mary Rose Museum

5/5(10 reviews)

Mary Rose Museum is a popular museum in Portsmouth with a story of its own. Stroll along the waterfront in this relaxing area, or check out its lively bars.

Portsmouth International Port
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Portsmouth International Port

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Embark on a trip to Europe or enter the lovely town of Portsmouth, England, through the comfort and ease of this modern port.

Top things to do in Portsmouth

Full-Day Private Tour to The Historic Naval City Portsmouth
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Full-Day Private Tour to The Historic Naval City Portsmouth

¥62,786
Per adult
Charles Dickens' Birthplace Portsmouth Day Tour from London
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Charles Dickens' Birthplace Portsmouth Day Tour from London

¥60,429
Per adult
In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

¥9,826
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Portsmouth
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Vacation Photographer in Portsmouth

¥26,831
Per adult
Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Portsmouth
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Portsmouth

¥1,356
Per adult
Arundel castle historic ships portsmouth
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Arundel castle historic ships portsmouth

¥79,907
Per adult

Reviews of Portsmouth

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

If you are a naval history buff this is memorable - and a fairly easy drive from London Heathrow

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 19, 2019

Good location for the cross channel ferry terminal. About 5 or 6 mins by car or taxi.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 24, 2019

The navel museum was excellent.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 24, 2019

Great town. We had one goal in mind and one day there. Definitely could stay and see more.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 24, 2019

Had a lovely day shopping in gunwharf quays

4/5 - Good

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Jul 15, 2019

Portsmouth is a good daytrip place. That said, Hmapshire is lovely. I would suggest Nettley Abbey, it is a 20 min drive from Portsmouth and it's free. It is gorgeous and no one seems to know about it.

Cities near Portsmouth

Portchester Castle

Fareham

Royal Marines Museum featuring heritage elements

Southsea