Portsmouth - alive with literary history

Portsmouth, Hampshire

Take a romantic break in the birthplace of Dickens and Sherlock. With exhibitions, festivals and readings, it’s a must for any book lovers.

As the birthplace of Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes and a home at times to other literary greats such at HG Wells and Rudyard Kipling, Portsmouth is great for a booky break. Visit during Bookfest (24/10/14 – 9/11/14) the city’s literary festival with events such as CSI Portsmouth, bringing together real life crime investigators with crime novelists such as Val McDermid.

Discover the ‘A Study in Sherlock’ exhibition and immerse yourself in the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his creation Sherlock Holmes, enjoy a guided literary walk or readings by the Dickens Fellowship at his Birthplace. With a choice of evening entertainment and great places to eat and stay, Portsmouth is the perfect location for a romantic, literary break.    

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A lady reading A Study in Scarlet© Portsmouth City Council
The outside of Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum in Portsmouth© Portsmouth City Council
A statue of Charles Dickens outside the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum, Portsmouth© Portsmouth City Council
A drawing of Sherlock Holmes© Portsmouth City Council

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