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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Take to the seas at Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Take to the seas at Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Want to get off terra firma onto the high seas? Join Portsmouth Watersports Centre for one of their exhilarating water-based courses and activities.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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

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Step on board HMS M.33, a small ship with a big history

Step on board HMS M.33, a small ship with a big history

Visit Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard this summer and you'll find a new addition to its amazing maritime collection.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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

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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

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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

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Readings at Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

Readings at Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

Be transported back to the Victorian era as members of the Dickens Fellowship read some of Charles Dickens' most beloved works.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Take a step back in time in Southsea

Take a step back in time in Southsea

From the Tudor ramparts of Henry VIII's Castle to the D-Day and Royal Marines Museums, there's plenty of Portsmouth’s heritage for you to explore.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Uncover 900 years of horrible history on the Spice Island Ghost Walk

Uncover 900 years of horrible history on the Spice Island Ghost Walk

When things go bump in the night, do you investigate rather than hide under the covers? If that’s the case then you’ll love the hair-raising thrills of a paranormal walk around Portsmouth’s old city.

Location: Portsmouth , Hampshire

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Celebrate Portsmouth’s cultural festivities

Celebrate Portsmouth’s cultural festivities

If you're a culture vulture then you'll absolutely love Portsmouth's annual festival of culture, arts and heritage, spread out over two weeks.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Go hands-on with traditional boat-building techniques at Boathouse 4

Go hands-on with traditional boat-building techniques at Boathouse 4

Climb the rigging or discover traditional ship-building techniques at Boathouse 4.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Meet Normandy veterans at the D-Day Museum

Meet Normandy veterans at the D-Day Museum

If you're visiting Portsmouth over the holidays, visit the D-Day Museum where you'll be able to meet the men and women that took part in the landings.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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

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Experience life as a dockyard apprentice in Portsmouth

Experience life as a dockyard apprentice in Portsmouth

Be transported back in time to 1911 and become an apprentice for a day at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Unravel the Case of the Portsmouth Doctor at A Study in Sherlock in Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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

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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

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Enjoy culture by the coast in Portsmouth

Enjoy culture by the coast in Portsmouth

Discover magnificent theatres, live music venues, two cathedrals, a rich literary heritage, galleries, nightclubs, events and seasonal festivals on a cultural break in Portsmouth.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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

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Enjoy a bike ride along the seafront

Enjoy a bike ride along the seafront

Cycle alongside miles of beautiful pebble beach on this 4.5 mile Seafront Ride in Portsmouth.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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