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Things to do in Portsmouth

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Visiting Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is more than just a day out, there are plenty of things to do nearby.

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

If you’re looking for places to visit in Portsmouth for the day or even longer, then why not start at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard? From Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory to Horrible Histories Pirates – there really is something for everyone. We always recommend a long weekend to explore the Historic Dockyard fully.

Top travel tip #1

Bring along a picnic and spend time taking in the views of Portsmouth Harbour at our picnic areas. There are three to choose from at our Gosport or Portsmouth attractions including Porter’s Garden, Boathouse No.7 Restaurant and Camber Lights Café.

3 reasons to go

    1. Perfect for repeat visits 
    2. 300 years of Royal Navy history
    3. Close to Portsmouth Interchange
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Gunwharf Quays

A Portsmouth day out wouldn’t be complete without some retail therapy – and Gunwharf Quays provides it in buckets. With its mixture of shops, bars and eateries you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for. From clothes shops to homewares – there is plenty to keep you entertained. Catch up on the latest films or challenge your friends to a game of bowling.

Top travel tip #2

We always recommend using Portsmouth Park and Ride however if you find yourself needing immediate access to Gunwharf Quays, there is a car park directly underneath the shopping complex.

3 reasons to go

    1. Perfect place to eat
    2. Next to Spinnaker Tower and the Historic Dockyard
    3. Premium shopping outlet
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Emirates Spinnaker Tower

A visit to Portsmouth wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Emirates Spinnaker Tower. With breath-taking views and one of a kind experiences, a Portsmouth days out like this should be at the top of your to do list.

Top travel tip #3

Keep your day out in Portsmouth a relaxing one and come by train. Portsmouth Harbour Station is just a 3 minute walk away. Most main line services operate from London including Southern Railway, South Western Railway and Great Western Railway.

3 reasons to go

    1. Thrilling experiences for adrenaline seekers
    2. Fantastic views across the harbour
    3. Stand on a glass floor from 90 metres up
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Hotwalls Studio

When looking for things to do in Portsmouth, why not consider an artier day out? Set in the heart of Old Portsmouth, Hotwalls Studios host makers and creatives from all disciplines. From pottery to illustration, Hotwalls Studio is the perfect place to pick up a present or keepsake from your travels.

Top travel tip #4

When sightseeing in Portsmouth you’ll most likely work up an appetite. Why not visit The Canteen and enjoy locally sourced food, wine, craft beer and sharing platters? You can sit on the balcony and watch the world go by as ships enter Portsmouth Harbour.

3 reasons to go

    1. See art and crafts unfold before you
    2. Get involved in seasonal events
    3. Take in sea views from The Canteen
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The D-Day Story

If you’re looking for a new experience and for things to do in Portsmouth during your stay, why not visit The D-day Story in Southsea? The museum has recently undergone a £5 million makeover as it showcases how an army crossed the English Channel during the First World War. D-Day will be commemorated this year on its 75th anniversary – so there’s no time like the present to visit.

Top travel tip #5

Southsea is only a short bus ride away or you can take the scenic route from Portsmouth and follow the sea. This gives you the perfect opportunity to take pictures along the way.

3 reasons to go

    1. Learn about local history of international significance
    2. Commemorate the fallen in 75th anniversary year
    3. Immerse yourself in interactive exhibits 
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Southsea Castle

There’s no shortage of places to visit in Portsmouth, especially those who have a love for history. Southsea Castle is Henry VIII’s great fortification and must-see Portsmouth attraction, which sits proudly alongside Southsea seafront. Discover fantastic examples of Tudor history, panoramic views from the top and a fine selection of craft beers and coffees in the shop.

Top travel tip #6

Southsea Castle is only a short walk from The D-day Story – so why not make a day of it? Go at your own pace and discover how the fortification has developed over the generations.

3 reasons to go

    1. Experience authentic Tudor history you can touch
    2. Get out and enjoy a brisk walk along the seafront
    3. Mesmirising views across the Solent area
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Blue Reef Aquarium

When looking for something to do indoors, this Portsmouth attraction has it all. With an underwater viewing tunnel showcasing local sea life and more exotic species, you’ll feel at home under the ocean. This all-weather attraction is perfect for families as you learn about the story of our oceans along Southsea’s growing collection of family attractions.

Top travel tip #7

If you would prefer to travel to Blue Reef Aquarium by bus, you can. Whilst travelling by car or walking on foot is an option, travelling by bus is often quicker and more affordable.

3 reasons to go

    1. Perfect indoor family attraction
    2. Be wowed by an underwater viewing tunnel
    3. Learn about local sealife and exotic species

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With 7 top things to do in Portsmouth, there are plenty of reasons to discover what you love when you want. 

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