City Museum


The City Museum explores Portsmouth's rich and diverse history through a wide variety of excellent collections. Wander around historical room reconstructions including a 17th century bedchamber, a Victorian parlour and a 1950s living room to understand the social history of Portsmouth. Learn about what has made Portsmouth unique with its dockyard and naval importance, see the footballs from the 1939 and 2008 FA Cup Finals in the football exhibit, and follow in the footsteps of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous hero Sherlock Holmes with the 'Magnifying Sherlock' trail. The museum has a fascinating Sherlock Homes section with a new Sherlock Holmes mystery narrated by Stephen Fry.

Places to visit nearby

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.

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

Nearby attractions

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 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.

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