Short Breaks in Portsmouth
Discover Portsmouth’s maritime heritage
With maritime attractions spanning 800 years there's plenty to pack into a short break to this great waterfront city.
Situated within a working Naval Base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy past, present and future. Visit three historic ships, the Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860.
Take a boat trip around the harbour and view the modern navy ships then visit Action Stations and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. With money saving tickets including the Submarine Museum across the harbour you need more than one day to explore all that is on offer.
Enjoy a summer of waterfront events and festivals in Portsmouth
2015 sees America's Cup racing returning to English waters in July. Organised by Team Origin, the events will attract huge crowds to watch the exhilarating racing and will have a festival feel, bringing activities and entertainment for all.
Enjoy great music and culture at the family-friendly Victorious Festival in August, watch or join thousands of runners over the Great South Run weekend in October.
With boutique, chain and family accommodation on offer, there's plenty of choice for your short break.
Mix heritage with designer chic by the sea in Portsmouth
Treat yourself to a waterfront break where you can delve into history while still enjoying a spot of designer retail therapy.
Enjoy great views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Stroll along the waterfront to the D-Day Museum.
In Southsea discover a treasure trove of quaint independent shops, cafes and tea rooms alongside quality restaurants and bars. Or take a walk along the historic Millennium Trail into Gunwharf Quays where you'll find designer shopping and breath-taking views from the iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower.
With great accommodation choices from three and four star and boutique hotels to budget options and family run B&Bs Portsmouth, is perfect for a short break.
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Gunwharf Quays is home to over 90 premium retail outlet stores offering up to 60% off RRP. If you love to shop then there really is no better place than Gunwharf Quays.
Go onboard our submarines with a submariner to hear his stories about living beneath the waves. Peer into the only surviving WW2 midget submarine, climb inside the Royal Navy’s first submarine and relax in our harbour side coffee shop.
The D-Day Museum tells the story of the D-Day Landings in World War Two and has as its centrepiece the magnificent Overlord Embroidery, a tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of those who took part in the operation.
The Square Tower is one of the oldest surviving parts of Portsmouth's fortifications, built to defend the city and harbour.
The Round Tower is one of Portsmouth's oldest permanent fortifications.
Three kilometres of promenade now links all of Portsmouth’s historic waterfront. The route starts from Spur Redoubt near Clarence Pier, Southsea and finishes on The Hard, taking in Old Portsmouth, the Camber and Gunwharf Quays.