Portsmouth

Visit Portsmouth to see all things nautical. Big boats dating back to Nelson and Tudor times are moored up for all to see at the historic naval dockyards. Portsmouth’s museums are very much in keeping with its maritime theme, covering Royal Marine history, D-Day, and sealife. Trace Henry VIII’s steps to Southsea Castle where he watched his beloved Mary Rose sink beneath the waves, little did he know she would be home and dry for all to see today. This Hampshire city has a few surprises too. With its two cathedrals, strange nickname (Pompey) and its location being perched on an island, Portsmouth is a great place to be.

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Visit Portsmouth to see all things nautical. Big boats dating back to Nelson and Tudor times are moored up for all to see at the historic naval dockyards. Portsmouth’s museums are very much in keeping with its maritime theme, covering Royal Marine history, D-Day, and sealife. Trace Henry VIII’s steps to Southsea Castle where he watched his beloved Mary Rose sink beneath the waves, little did he know she would be home and dry for all to see today. This Hampshire city has a few surprises too. With its two cathedrals, strange nickname (Pompey) and its location being perched on an island, Portsmouth is a great place to be.

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November events: Step back in time at the Victorian Christmas Festival

November events: Step back in time at the Victorian Christmas Festival

Get in the festive spirit at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Meet a 500 year old dog at the Mary Rose Museum

Meet a 500 year old dog at the Mary Rose Museum

When you visit the Mary Rose Museum, make sure you don't miss meeting Hatch, the Mary Rose's dog, who's nearly half a millennium old.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Discover the story of the Battle of Jutland at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Discover the story of the Battle of Jutland at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

To mark 100 years since the Battle of Jutland, Portsmouth will host a blockbuster exhibition on the battle and a programme of commemorative events.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Step into a tropical paradise and watch exotic butterflies flutter by at Cumberland House Natural History Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Cycle around Portsmouth and discover its famous women

Cycle around Portsmouth and discover its famous women

Portsmouth has been home to important and influential women over its 900 years as a city, this ride introduces you some of its famous daughters.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Snack by the Sea on Southsea Common

Snack by the Sea on Southsea Common

Pack up a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy the sea air on Southsea Common, the perfect place to spend a sunny Portsmouth afternoon.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Take tea on cloud nine

Take tea on cloud nine

Let the views from the top of the 170m tall Spinnaker Tower take your breath away over high tea before enjoying the city’s lively nightlife.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Walk the Plank at Clarence Pier

Walk the Plank at Clarence Pier

Are you brave enough to tackle high wire bridges and navigate rope ladders whilst hovering 10 metres above the sea at Clarence Pier?

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Pull a gnarly 180 at Southsea Skatepark

Pull a gnarly 180 at Southsea Skatepark

Fancy yourself as the next Tony Hawk? Grab your skateboard and head down to Southsea Skatepark to pull off some sick moves.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Sample local craft beers brewed in Henry VIII's Southsea Castle

Sample local craft beers brewed in Henry VIII's Southsea Castle

Discover the taste of Southsea Brewing Co., brewed in Southsea Castle's micro-brewery.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Get Sporty in Southsea

Get Sporty in Southsea

When the weather's good, you can’t beat Southsea with miles of beaches to explore, and a huge selection of sporting activities to keep you active.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Abseil down the Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Abseil down the Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Take in Britain's best views whilst scaling down the side of the Emirates Spinnaker Tower.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Take a step back in time in Southsea

Take a step back in time in Southsea

From the Tudor ramparts of Henry VIII's Southsea Castle, to The D-Day Story and Highland Road Cemetery, there's plenty of Portsmouth’s heritage for you to explore in the seaside town of Southsea.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Enjoy an exciting family adventure in Southsea

Enjoy an exciting family adventure in Southsea

Discover historic ramparts and tunnels at Southsea Castle, an undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium and dinosaurs and butterflies at Cumberland House.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Portsmouth- alive with literary history

Portsmouth- alive with literary history

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

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Snap up a bargain at Gunwharf Quays

Snap up a bargain at Gunwharf Quays

Head to Gunwharf Quays for a day of shopping, riverside lunches and fun-packed entertainment from bowling to catching the latest blockbuster.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Meet some of the UK's most beloved authors in an annual literary festival for the whole family.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Enjoy free, live music at Southsea Bandstand

Enjoy free, live music at Southsea Bandstand

Is there a better summer afternoon than a fantastic free programme of music and dance in a beautiful natural amphitheatre looking out to sea?

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Escape to the beach and spend a night at G! Boutique

Escape to the beach and spend a night at G! Boutique

Spend a night at one of Portsmouth's funkiest and most unique boutique hotels.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Famous Figures Cycle Ride

Famous Figures Cycle Ride

Explore Portsmouth maritime history and the city's most famous sons.

Location: Portsmouth , Hampshire

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