Portsmouth is famously the birthplace of Charles Dickens and has a long and illustrious naval past. The city is a great mix of modern shopping and entertainment combined with world class maritime heritage attractions. Take in 23 miles of beautiful views from the top of the iconic Spinnaker Tower and enjoy lunch at the ‘Cafe in the Clouds’ 344 feet up. If you prefer to keep you feet closer to the ground, there are plenty of other attractions to keep you entertained including the Mary Rose Museum, home to the story of Henry VIII’s favourite warship and The New Theatre Royal on Guildhall Walk or take a trip to the Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum.
Take a tour of Portsmouth Dockyard where you’ll find The Royal Navy Museum with exhibits exploring Portsmouth’s links to The Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. A hotel in Portsmouth City Centre puts you right in the heart of the city and is perfect for business or leisure. Or choose a stylish holiday apartment close to Portsmouth’s Dockside offering more flexibility. Browse and compare prices for Portsmouth accommodation online now.
Portsmouth is a large city with several different identities. Older quarters sit along the Historic Waterfront where you can still find the sea defences that have protected Portsmouth for centuries. Southsea makes up the south of the city and is the focus for family seaside holidays and fun fairs. For more historical attractions there’s the Royal Naval Dockyard which although still in operation also has Historic Dockyard Attractions on the premises.
Between the Historic Dockyard and Waterfront is Portsmouth’s most modern addition, Gunwharf Quays and the iconic Spinnaker Tower. This is the place for shopping, eating and drinking and of course climbing up the tower for unprecedented views of the city and beyond. Portsmouth has two Tourist Information Centres; one just outside the Historic Dockyard and one on Clarence Esplanade in Southsea, next to Blue Reef Aquarium.