Portsmouth travel guide

Cities and towns

About Portsmouth

Portsmouth is an historic port on the south coast of England, that has been home to the British Royal Navy for more than 800 years. Not only is it a great departure point for France, but it is also steeped in maritime history, and any trip to the city should include a visit to its many naval attractions.

The renaissance of Portsmouth Harbour has now transformed the waterfront bringing restaurants, bars and shopping areas, and adding six kilometres of promenades around the harbour. At night, there is plenty of entertainment on offer, including restaurants, bars, theatres, and concert venues.

Nearby attractions

The Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth is a fantastic collection of museums and historic ships, situated within a working Naval Base, that showcases some of the best of Britain's restored naval ships from the past.

One of Portsmouth's most instantly recognisable sights, the Spinnaker Tower is a stunning 170m high structure, with a sail-like design, that stands by the quayside.

The City Museum explores Portsmouth's rich and diverse history through a wide variety of excellent collections.

Portsmouth's Blue Reef Aquarium overlooks the Solent and immerses visitors in the beauty of the natural world that exists in our seas.

Places to visit nearby

Cherbourg, in Normandy, is a port town with a seafaring history that is second to none.