Local Attractions

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Portsmouth historic dockyard

Portsmouth Dockyard is home to the three historic ships, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and Henry VIII's Mary Rose .
The Mary Rose the only surviving 16th century warship, sank off Portsmouth in 1545 and raised from the Solent in 1982.
HMS Victory , Nelson's flagship in the battle of Trafalgar 1805, is the oldest commissioned warship in the world and is still manned by Officers and Ratings of the Royal Navy. HMS Warrior the first iron clad warship, built in 1860 is full of Victorian naval artifacts and technology.
Also housed within the Dockyard are Action Stations an exciting combination of interactive displays and exhibitions depicting life in the modern Navy, The Royal Navy Museum, the Dockyard Apprentice exhibition, plus many other Naval statues, figureheads and artifacts displayed around the site.
View a map for the Historic Dockyard.
For more details visit the Dockyard site, Historic Dockyard

Gunwharf quays

Gunwharf Quays is an attractive and vibrant retail and entertainment complex which was redeveloped from the decommissioned HMS Vernon site, at Portsmouth Harbour.
The centre combines designer label shopping, with a wide choice of restaurants and bars, multiplex cinema and bowling alley.
For more detail visit our Gunwharf Quays page.

Spinnaker tower

Overlooking Portsmouth Harbour at Gunwharf Quays, theSpinnaker Tower is the tallest publicly accessible structure in the UK. Fantastic views of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Harbour and across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.
Spinnaker Tower map.
Read more at our Spinnaker Tower page.

D day museum

The D Day Museum is situated on Clarence Esplanade, close toSouthsea Castle. It was opened in 1984 to commemorate the D Day 40th anniversary. The museum houses the 272 foot longOverlord Embroidery a modern equivalent of the Bayeux Tapestry and many other interesting artifacts relating to the 2nd World War.


D-Day Museum, Portsmouth, map.
For more details, visit the D Day Museum website.

Charles dickens birthplace

Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870) arguably one of the greatest and certinly the most enduring English novelist and writer, was born in Portsmouth on 7th February 1812, at 1 Mile End Terrace, Landport, Portsea, now known as 393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth.
You can visit the Dickens Birthplace museum and see the bedroom where he was born, read more about Charles Dickens and the museum here. The Museum is open on Charles Dickens birthday, 7th February and from mid May-Sept 10am-5.30pm.
Address: Charles Dickens Birthplace, 393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth, Hants, PO1 4QL.
Tel: 02392 827261
Map: Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum

Royal garrison church

Situated in Grand Parade, Old Portsmouth.
The Royal Garrison Church was founded in 1212 as a hospice, the Domus Dei (God's house), was used as a shelter for overseas pilgrims travelling to Canterbury, Chichester and Winchester.
The church was closed during the dissolution under Henry VIII, part of the site being converted to a residence for the Governor of Portsmouth. The Nave of the church was gutted by a fire bomb on the 10th January 1941, hence its roofless appearance, a memorial to the blitz.
Royal Garrison church map.

Portsmouth city museum

Situted on Museum Road close to Old Portsmouth.
The main display area on the ground floor, is home to Study in Sherlock exhibition, part of Lancelyn Green's collection of no 40,000 Sherlock Holmes items, bequeathed to the City in 2004. The Living in Portsmouth Gallery recreates a 17th century bedroom, a 1930's kitchen and a 1950's living room. There is also a Decorative Art Gallery and a temporary exhibition gallery.
City Museum, Portsmouth, map.
For more details visit the museum website Portsmouth City Museum

Blue reef aquarium

The Blue Reef Aquarium is sited right on Southsea seafront on Clarence Esplanade, a few hundered metres west of the D Day museum, where car parking is available.Voted visitor attraction of the year by Tourism South East.
Blue Reef Aquarium, Portsmouth, map.
For more details visit the aquarium website Blue Reef Aquarium

Other Local Atractions

Portsmouth Centre - 0.76 miles
Portsmouth has been home to the Royal Navy for over five hundred years. The historic dockyard contains Nelson's flagship HMS Victory alongside HMS Warrior, the first iron clad battleship. The Royal Naval Museum has the remains of Henry VIII's warship the Mary Rose, which was raised from the seabed in 1982. It was also in Portsmouth that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the world renowned detective "Sherlock Holmes". Portsmouth is also host to the continental Ferry Port. No visit to Southern England is complete without a fun day out at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Ice-College - 0.98 miles
I.C.E. is a professional, modern and friendly language college offering courses to all ages, levels and course requirements with 2 centres in the UK (South of England) and 1 centre in USA (Boston). Highly qualified teachers offer modern teaching methods to small group classes guaranteeing an improvement at all levels. Self study resources and computer facilities are available for student use. Warm and friendly staff are always available to meet all your needs and make sure your stay in England and the USA is one to remember.

Southsea Castle - Hampshire - 1.33 miles
Southsea Castle was built by Henry VIII between 1544 and 1545 to protect Portsmouth against possible French invasion. Its revolutionary design provided for the most efficient use of guns in attack or defence now that artillery dominated warfare. In the early 19th century, the castle was substantially altered to accommodate extra guns and a larger garrison of 200 men. The most significant addition of this period was an underground tunnel around the moat, which you can still enter. The castle was only withdrawn from active service in 1960. In our amazing Time Tunnel the Ghost of the Castle's first master gunner guides you through the most dramatic scenes from the castle's eventful history.

St Vincent College - 1.34 miles
St Vincent College is a sixth form college in Gosport, Hampshire. It opened in September 1987 and current has around 1,100 full time students on roll and a similar number of part time students. The college offers a wide range of courses, including more than 40 AS and A levels, GCSEs, BTEC, OCR and City & Guilds.

Portsmouth Football Club - 1.99 miles
Premiership side Portsmouth were founded in 1898 by a collection of businessmen, amongst them the first chairman of the club, John Brickwood, and the man who would become known as the 'father of the club', George Oliver. Pompey tasted their first success in the FA Cup in 1939 under legendary manager Jack Tinn, who had lead the side to two previous final defeats. It is Tinn who is credited with laying the platform for the consecutive championship winning sides of the late 1940's. Fast Fact: Peter Harris is Pompey's most successful marksman scoring 208 goals in 516 games in all competitions. Fast Fact: Serbia and Montenegro international Dejan Stefanovic is Pompey's record signing at 1.85million pounds.