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University of Portsmouth

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

From a humble beginning in 1869, this academic center has grown in size and stature to be named the University of Portsmouth. Combine a stroll around the campus with your visit to the Historic Dockyard and other attractions near Old Portsmouth.

Starting as the Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and Art, the early scholarly ventures moved several times before reaching a permanent setting in 1908 in the Park building east of Gunwharf Quays. At that time the focus was on engineering and chemistry. After World War II, the school added arts and humanities curricula. 

Decades of academic excellence were recognized in 1992, when the school was named the University of Portsmouth. Look for the Park building, which remains a distinctive presence in the central part of the campus. It now serves as home for European and international studies.

Today’s university continues to reinvent itself. The focus is on education, research and innovation, with a strategy to be transformational in the world. See elements of transformation on the campus itself, with new buildings surrounding the old. The Dennis Sciama Building houses the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation. See the Future Technology Centre, completed in 2018, and reaffirming the university’s commitment to engineering.

Arrive by train at the Portsmouth and Southsea Station, which is a 5-minute walk from the Park building. Just north of the Park building is Victoria Park and east is the Portsmouth Guildhall. Because the school grew as the city itself was growing, university buildings were built side by side with Portsmouth municipal structures. Download a campus map to look for specific buildings.

University of Portsmouth is an impressive academic institution in a lovely setting with extensive maritime history. Along with your campus visit, be sure to see the Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays and The Point, all within a 20-minute walk from the school.


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Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays ¥9,006
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays

Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays

The Plaza Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 Portsmouth International Port are also within 2 mi (3 km). Portsmouth Harbour Station is only a 4-minute walk and Portsmouth & Southsea Station is 14 minutes.

    ibis Portsmouth Centre ¥6,887
    ibis Portsmouth Centre

    ibis Portsmouth Centre

    Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, England
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Portsmouth City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Victory are also within 1 mi (2 km). Portsmouth & Southsea Station is 7 minutes by foot and Portsmouth Harbour Station is 16 minutes.

      Portsmouth Serviced Apartments
      Portsmouth Serviced Apartments

      Portsmouth Serviced Apartments

      22 Middle Street, Portsmouth, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Portsmouth City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of University of Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Victory are also within 1 mi (2 km). Portsmouth & Southsea Station is 7 minutes by foot and Portsmouth Harbour Station is 17 minutes.

        Holiday Inn Portsmouth ¥8,476
        Holiday Inn Portsmouth

        Holiday Inn Portsmouth

        Pembroke Road, Portsmouth, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Southsea Hoverport, Gunwharf Quays, and University of Portsmouth. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Victory are also within 1 mi (2 km). Portsmouth Harbour Station is 18 minutes by foot and Portsmouth & Southsea Station is 18 minutes.

          Blue Star House ¥8,476
          Blue Star House

          Blue Star House

          20 Elphinstone Road, Southsea, Southsea, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Southsea, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Southsea Hoverport and Spitbank Fort. Gunwharf Quays and University of Portsmouth are also within 1 mi (2 km). Portsmouth & Southsea Station is 21 minutes by foot and Portsmouth Fratton Station is 25 minutes.

            Modern Student-Only Ensuite Rooms in Central Portsmouth
            Modern Student-Only Ensuite Rooms in Central Portsmouth

            Modern Student-Only Ensuite Rooms in Central Portsmouth

            Isambard Brunel Road 32, Portsmouth, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Portsmouth City Centre, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Portsmouth Guildhall and University of Portsmouth. Gunwharf Quays and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard are also within 1 mi (2 km). Portsmouth & Southsea Station is only a 3-minute walk and Portsmouth Fratton Station is 16 minutes.

              Angeldale
              Angeldale

              Angeldale

              Grosvenor St, Southsea, England
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Portsmouth Guildhall, Gunwharf Quays, and University of Portsmouth. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Victory are also within 2 mi (3 km). Portsmouth & Southsea Station is 8 minutes by foot and Portsmouth Fratton Station is 15 minutes.

                Angeldale ¥16,687
                Angeldale

                Angeldale

                79 Grosvenor St, Southsea, England
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Portsmouth Guildhall, Gunwharf Quays, and University of Portsmouth. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Victory are also within 2 mi (3 km). Portsmouth & Southsea Station is 8 minutes by foot and Portsmouth Fratton Station is 16 minutes.