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Thriving, historic waterfront destination

Are you looking for things to do in Portsmouth? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the city.

Known for...   Spinnaker Tower and Historic dockyard


Did you know...

  • Portsmouth city has almost continuously been Britain's foremost naval base.
  • Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth. His house has been converted into a museum.
  • Portsmouth has the tallest publicly accessible structure in the UK, the Spinnaker Tower.



 

  Attractions

Charles Dickens Birthplace

Birthplace of Charles Dickens visitor attraction.
Museum Road
Portsmouth
PO1 4QL

0239221879

Recommended by Roy Hennesey, Sussex

 

Spinnaker Tower

170ft tower offering stunning views over the south coast.
Gunwharf Quays
Portsmouth
PO1 3TT

02392857520

 

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Guide to what's on at Portsmouth's historic dockyard.
Main Road
Portsmouth
PO1 3QX

02392984595

 

HMS Victory

Nelson's flagship visitor attraction.
Victory Gate
HM Naval Base
Portsmouth
PO1 3LJ

02392727582

Recommended by Mike Hesketh, Poole

 

Portsmouth Miniport

We provide the best family boat hire experience you will ever encounter. Our miniature ships are huge fun to drive.
Gunwharf Quays
Portsmouth
PO1 3TZ

 

Artypotz Ceramics

Paint your own pottery studio.
87 Castle Road
Southsea
PO5 3AY

(023)92825010

 

Clarence Pier

One of the largest amusement parks on the south coast.
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 3AA

02392821455

 

King James's And Landport Gates

English Heritage - Two ornamental gateways, once part of Portsmouth's defences. King James's Gate (of 1687) has been moved.
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 2EJ

 

Royal Garrison Church

English Heritage - Royal Garrison Church was constructed c. 1212 as part of a hospital complex.
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 2NJ

 

Castle Mini Golf

18 Hole Crazy Golf. 18 Hole Putting Greens. 9 Hole Par 3 Pitch & Putt.
Southsea Common
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 3PB

 

Hayling Seaside Railway

The Hayling Seaside Railway began life as the East Hayling Light Railway, formed by Bob Haddock.
Beachlands Station
Beachlands
Hayling Island
PO11 0AG

Recommended by Neil Matthews, London

 

Funland

Funland Amusement Park offers the whole family a great day out with a wide range of fantastic attractions for young and old.
1 Sea Front
Hayling Island
PO11 0AG

 

Southwick Priory

English Heritage - Remains of a wealthy Augustinian priory, originally founded at Portchester: once a famous place of pilgrimage.
Southwick
Hampshire
PO17 6ED

 

Fort Cumberland

English Heritage - Perhaps England's most impressive piece of 18th-century defensive architecture.
Eastney
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO4 9LD

 

Southsea Castle FREE

Built in 1544, the Castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by Henry VIII around England's coasts.
Clarence Esplanade
Portsmouth
PO5 3PA

02392841625

 

Portchester Castle

English Heritage - 3rd century caste, perfect setting for a relaxed, fun, historic day out.
Castle Street
Portchester
PO16 9QW

 

Blue Reef Aquarium

Spectacular aquarium and underwater adventure.
Clarence Esplanade
Southsea
PO5 3PB

02392875222

 
 

  Museums

Action Stations

Interactive museum offering an insight into life in The Royal Navy.
19 College Road
HM Naval Base
Portsmouth
PO1 3LJ

02392893316

Recommended by Peter Lord, Southampton

 

Portsmouth City Museum FREE

Fascinating look at the history of Portsmouth and it's people.
Portsmouth
PO1 2LJ

02392827261

Recommended by Fiona Keenan, Portsmouth

 

D Day Museum

Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944.
Clarence Esplanade
Southsea
PO5 3NT

02392826722

 

Portsmouth Natural History Museum FREE

The museum tells the story of the wild things of the riverbank, marshes, woods and urban areas of Portsmouth.
Cumberland House
Eastern Parade
Southsea
PO4 9RF

Recommended by Elaine Cosworth, Southampton

 
 

  Parks

Canoe Lake FREE

The main attraction is the man made boating lake which has pedal boats available for hire. There is a large children's play area.
Southsea
Hampshire
PO4 9RG

 

Southsea Common FREE

The area is adjacent to the popular seafront promenade and beach, which is ideal for kite flying, picnics and informal ball games.
Southsea
Hampshire
PO5 3PB

 

Farlington Marshes FREE

Farlington Marshes is the Trust’s oldest nature reserve. It is 125 hectares (308 acres) of flower-rich grazing marsh.
Farlington
PO6 1TL

 
 

  Galleries

Lodge Arts Centre

Community Focused Arts Centre.
The Gate Keepers Lodge
Victoria Park
PO1 3HJ

02392870880

 

Aspex

Portsmouth's leading Contemporary Art Gallery.
Vulcan Building
Gunwharf Quays
PO1 3BF

02392778080

 
 

  Bowling

Bowlplex Portsmouth

Ten-pin bowling centre.
Gunwharf Quays
Portsmouth
PO1 3TA

02392291234

 
 

  Cinema

Vue Cinema Portsmouth

Modern multi-screen cinema complex.
Gunwharf Quays
Portsmouth
PO1 3TA

03453084620

 

No.6 Cinema

Best in independent and world cinema.
19 College Road
Portsmouth
PO1 3LJ

 

Odeon Port Solent

Multi-screen cinema.
Port Way
Portsmouth
PO6 4TS

03330144501

 
 

  Theatre

The Phoenix Players

The Phoenix Players are looking for new talent - On and Off stage.
Trinity Church Theatre
Albert Road
Portsmouth
PO4 0LX

08454676462

 

The King's Theatre

Elegant Edwardian playhouse offering an eclectic arts programme.
Albert Road
Southsea
PO5 2QJ

 

New Theatre Royal

Victorian theatre in the heart of the city.
20-24 Guildhall Walk
Portsmouth
PO1 2DD

02392649000

 
 

  Live Music

The Wedgewood Rooms

Intimate and much loved live music venue.
147B Albert Road
Southsea
PO4 0JW

02392863911

 
 

  Golf

Waterlooville Golf Club

Golf Club.
Cherry-Tree Avenue
Cowplain
Waterlooville
Hampshire
PO8 8AP

 

Hayling Golf Club

This wonderful links golf course is found on the South Coast of England, just to the East of the historic maritime city of Portsmouth.
Links Lane
Ferry Road
Hayling Island
Hampshire
PO11 0BX

 

Portsmouth Golf Club

Portsmouth Golf Club was formed in 1926 and since 1972 has played over the Downland course off Crookhorn Lane overlooking Portsmouth, the Solent and the Isle of Wight.
Crookhorn Lane
Widley
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO7 5QL

 
 

  Leisure centres

24/7 Fitness

Lively fitness centre.
Promenade Building
Gunwharf Quays
PO1 3TP

02392291687

 

Fitness First

Friendly gym and fitness centre.
The Pompey Centre
Dickinson Road
PO4 8SH

08445712920

Recommended by Tim Stuart, Portsmouth

 

The Pyramids Centre

Portsmouth's largest entertainment complex located along Southsea Beach.
Clarence Esplanade
Southsea
Portsmouth
PO5 3ST

 

Waterlooville Leisure Centre

5m main swimming pool and learner pool. Sauna, steam room and sunbed. Air conditioned gym, exercise studio. Physiotherapy.
Waterberry Drive
Waterlooville
Hampshire
PO7 7UW

 

Havant Leisure Centre

25m main swimming pool, diving pit and learner pool Sauna, steam room and sunbeds. Air conditioned gym, exercise studio, main hall.
Civic Centre Road
Havant
Hampshire
PO9 2AY

 

David Lloyd

Tennis, gym and fitness centre.
The Broadwalk
Port Solent
PO6 4TP

02392222700

 

Portsmouth Pyramids

Swimming, spa, gym and live music venue.
Clarence Esplanade
Portsmouth
PO5 3ST

02392799977

 

Nuffield Health

Fitness and wellbeing centre.
Alexandra Park
1 Northern Parade
PO2 9PB

02392664748

 
 

  Water sports

Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Wide range of watersports on offer.
Eastern Road
Portsmouth
PO3 5LY

02392663873

 

Triton Scuba

Learn to scuba dive.
147c Highland Road
Portsmouth
PO4 9EY

02392838773

 
 

  Sport

Southsea Skatepark

Southsea Skatepark is arguably the oldest skatepark in the World, with the current ‘rink’ area dating back to the 1950s.
Clarence Esplanade
Southsea
PO5 3NZ

 
 

  Riding

Fort Widley Equestrian Centre

Learn to ride.
Fort Purbrook
Peter Ashley Lane
PO6 1BJ

02392321223

 

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