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  1. Children outside HMS Victory
    Please be aware that Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is currently closed in line with the government's Covid-19 pandemic response.
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  2. Victorious Festival 2021 line up
    Victorious Festival 2021 is on - and will be headlined by The Streets, Royal Blood and Madness.
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  3. City Museum - Landscape
    Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery has now re-opened.
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  4. Southsea Castle & The Solent
    Southsea Castle is now fully open.
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  5. View of the Mary Rose
    The Mary Rose has now re-opened.
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  6. Exterior shot of The D-Day Story, Portsmouth
    The D-Day Story has now re-opened.
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  7. Spinnaker Tower external view
    The Spinnaker Tower is now open.
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  8. Gunwharf Quays and Spinnaker Tower
    Gunwharf Quays is home to over 90 famous brands all offering up to 60% off the regular retail price. If you love to shop then there really is no better place than Gunwharf Quays.
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Welcome to Portsmouth

Things To Do Highlights

WicorMarine Yacht Haven from the air - credit S M Waddington

Walk-ashore and mid-river marina berths, plus boatyard, paddle boarding, kayaking and licensed café.

Image of Baffins Pond

Baffins Pond (at 4.35 hectares) is home to a host of wild fowl and ducks, as well as established…

A young boy and girl play inside a large wheel at Fort Nelson

Head to the home of the big guns, to see the role these forts played in defending Portsmouth.

Youngster breakdancing at Funk Format Street Dance Classes

Get down to classic R&B, soul, funk and hiphop.

Fratton Park, home of Portsmouth Football Club

Fratton Park is home of Portsmouth Football Club.

Eastney Beam Engine

Eastney Engine Houses are closed until further notice. Check back for updates.

Wightlink logo

Wightlink is an easy-to-use and award-winning ferry service with regular sailings between…

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Cumberland House Natural History Museum has now re-opened.

St John's Cathedral interior

Take in the splendour of this Victorian church, which was named as the best-restored building in…

Gosport Ferry on a cruise through the Solent

A visit to Portsmouth is not complete without taking a leisurely sight-seeing cruise on board the…

Gosport Ferry leaving Portsmouth Harbour with the Emirates Spinnaker Tower in the background

The Gosport Ferry is the quickest way to get between Portsmouth and Gosport - all the while…

Gunwharf Quays and Spinnaker Tower

Gunwharf Quays is home to over 90 famous brands all offering up to 60% off the regular retail price…

Playzone Interior Drawing

Fun for everyone, rain or shine, day or night! Portsmouth Playzone is the biggest indoor play area…

Hay field at dawn - photograph by Nick Rowe

Farlington Marshes is one of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s oldest nature…

Phoenix Helicopter Academy

Phoenix Helicopter Academy is the South's favourite Helicopter Training School and Charter Operator.

Image for Hotwalls Studios by Claire Sambrook

The Hotwalls Studios brings local artists, designers and makers together, in an exceptional…

Boats at Langstone Harbour

A 14-mile Langstone Harbour Waterside Walk can be enjoyed, starting from Ferry Point Eastney,…

Sunset at Southsea Marina

Southsea Marina sits on the threshold of the Solent - its relaxed and friendly atmosphere a…

Stansted House from the outside

Stansted Park stands in 1800 acres of extraordinary landscaped parkland and ancient forest.

Image of the Round Tower from the water

The Round Tower is one of Portsmouth's oldest permanent fortifications.

Spinnaker Tower external view

The Spinnaker Tower is now open.

Portsmouth Watersports Centre, Children

ASWC - Portsmouth has all the facilities and equipment needed for a wide range of watersports and…

The Astoria logo

The Astoria remains one of Portsmouth's biggest and best-loved nightclubs.

Ladies Mile, Southsea Common, Portsmouth

Southsea Common is a vast open space that was purchased from the War Department in 1922. It is…

What's On Highlights

Gallery image for The Sea Changes Into Words: Closing Event

Artist Bettina Fung closes her Gathering Space after its span of thirty days.

Openings

The Sea Changes Into Words: Closing Event

20th June 2021
Beach Dubbin' image of cars on Southsea Common

Beach Dubbin' - the ultimate VW show by the sea - returns to Southsea Common for 2021!

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Beach Dubbin'

1st August 2021
Gallery image for Bettina Fung in Conversation with Gabrielle de la Puente

Artists Fung and de la Puente hold a special discussion from inside a new virtual art space.

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Bettina Fung in Conversation with Gabrielle de la Puente

15th June 2021
Portsmouth Big Mouth Comedy Festival logo

The Big Mouth Comedy Festival returns to Portsmouth Guildhall - to put the smile back on…

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Big Mouth Comedy Festival

3rd September 2021-4th September 2021
Thomas Gabriel press photo

Hear the songs and stories of 'Growing Up Cash' with Thomas Gabriel.

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Thomas Gabriel

4th October 2021
Chris Ramsey

Chris Ramsey heads to the Portsmouth Guildhall on his latest nationwide tour.

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Chris Ramsey

12th March 2022
Pretty Muddy and Race for Life participants

Pretty Muddy returns to Southsea Common in 2021.

Openings

Portsmouth Pretty Muddy

10th July 2021
Interactive Weaves - Alice Hume

Join the Interactive Weaving project at the Hotwalls Studios and get involved in a huge, free art…

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Paper Weave Part I

20th June 2021

Plastic Weave

27th June 2021

Moon Weave

18th July 2021

Paper Weave Part II

25th July 2021

Forest Weave

15th August 2021

Textile Weave

22nd August 2021

Plant Teepee

27th August 2021-29th August 2021

Exhibition

17th September 2021-19th September 2021
Crowds gathered at a Sausage and Cider event

The Sausage and Cider Festival returns to Portsmouth for a second year, taking over the Guildhall…

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Sausage and Cider Festival

21st August 2021
The Bob Marley Experience

Get up, stand up for the number 1 Bob Marley tribute.

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The Bob Marley Experience

10th September 2021
Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

‘The world’s greatest living explorer’ heads to Portsmouth Guildhall.

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

18th October 2021
Flyer image for Groundlings Theatre Family Fun Day

Groundlings Theatre hosts a family fun day featuring Silly Scott and his magic show.

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Groundlings Theatre Family Fun Day

7th August 2021
The Ramonas on stage

A dual-headline show featuring all-female tributes to The Ramones and Slade.

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Ramonas & Slady

31st October 2021
Victorious Festival 2021 line up

Victorious Festival 2021 is on - and will be headlined by The Streets, Royal Blood and Madness.

Openings

Victorious Festival 2021

27th August 2021-29th August 2021
Poster photo for Stansted Unlocked

Stansted Park returns with a weekend-long extravaganza blending history, cricket and fun.​

Openings

Stansted Unlocked

10th July 2021-11th July 2021
Deacon Blue

Deacon Blue head back out on the road in support of their brand new album, City of Love.

Openings

Deacon Blue

15th November 2021-16th November 2021
Gangstagrass press shot

The hip hop-bluegrass crossover returns to Portsmouth for a show at The Wedge.

Openings

Gangstagrass

14th September 2021
Rob Newman: Philosophy

The award-winning comic weaves together Nietzsche's sunglasses, James Bond in Toxteth, electric…

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Rob Newman: Philosophy

19th September 2021
Show Of Hands

Show Of Hands head to Portsmouth for their only festival warm up date in the UK - for a full-band…

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Show Of Hands

26th November 2021
Race for Life

Cancer Research UK's Race for Life returns to Southsea Common in 2021.

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Race for Life

11th July 2021
Gallery immage for In Search of Chemozoa

boredomresearch talks about its latest project with the director of Aspex Portsmouth.

Openings

Artists In Conversation

30th June 2021
Beauty and the Beast poster

A bonkers, "delightfully daft" retelling of Beauty and the Beast heads to Southsea Castle.

Openings

Beauty and the Beast

4th August 2021
Baskery promotional photo

The queens of banjo punk head to Portsmouth for the first time.

Openings

Baskery

17th October 2021
Flyer image for My Dog Sighs Inside

An immersive installation opening at an undisclosed location in Portsmouth.

Openings

My Dog Sighs Inside

17th July 2021-1st August 2021

Accommodation Highlights

The seacrest hotel overlooks the Venetian Gardens and the Solent

The Seacrest Hotel enjoys a premier location on Portsmouth's seafront, commanding fine maritime…

Executive King room at Florence House Hotel

A short walk from Southsea seafront, Florence House is Portsmouth's original boutique hotel,…

Southsea Studios external

Beautiful Edwardian house in a prime location yards from Southsea seafront. Brand new apartments to…

The Duke of Buckingham Cottage

Situated in the heart of Old Portsmouth, 'The Duke' is a perfect place to eat, drink and stay.

Bedroom at The Village Hotel Portsmouth

A warm welcome awaits you from the new Village Hotel Club Portsmouth.

View of Ocean Hotel

Imposing building situated in the foremost seafront position with panoramic sea views, private car…

Living space with views out to sea

This beautifully furnished, 3-bedroom property has views out across the common to the sea.

Clearwater - one of the Home From Home properties

A selection of serviced apartments and short term lettings in Portsmouth and Southsea.

Upper Strand Apartment double bed

Upper Strand Apartment is ideal for access to both the City of Portsmouth and the attractions of…

Image of a double room.

Welcome to Albatross Guest house.

Garden at Orchard Garden Apartment

Orchard Garden Apartment is well situated for access to both the city of Portsmouth and the…

View of the exterior of The Pier

Georgian Listed building. Easy walk to Old Portsmouth, museums, piers, Gunwharf Quays shopping,…

Gunwharf Quays apartments and eateries

Work, Rest and Stay offers six luxury apartments in the desirable surrounds of Gunwharf Quays.

View of the exterior.

Rees hall is a modern building on the seafront with fine views across Southsea Common, The Solent…

Ibis Portsmouth - exterior

The only city centre hotel in Portsmouth, a ten minute walk will take you to all the major shopping…

Aerial shot of No Man's Fort

No Man's Fort is the luxury hotel that really has to be seen to be believed.

Travelodge Portsmouth Hilsea

The Portsmouth Hilsea Travelodge is ideally placed for visiting the city port. Every room has a…

Exterior of the Queens Hotel Southsea

The Queens is the hotel at the heart of Southsea.

view of lounge area

St Margaret's Lodge is a detached Edwardian-style property in a superb location and situated in an…

Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth

Located at the heart of Gunwharf Quays, the Holiday Inn Express is a great hotel within walking…

view of bedroom

This designer Number Four Boutique Hotel offers stunning, individual rooms.

Exterior photo of Fortitude Cottage

Foritude Cottage has Gunwharf Quays on the doorstep, the Historic Dockyard a short walk, and all…

Photo of hotel frontage

All en-suite rooms with colour TV, radio, telephone, hairdryer and trouser press. Two banqueting…

External view of Portsmouth Marriott hotel.

Edging the shores of England's spectacular South Coast, Portsmouth Marriott Hotel is a 4-star haven…

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