Portsmouth gives day visitors an irresistible mix of heritage, shopping, dining and more.

  • Culture

    • No trip is complete without a visit to the city’s sprawling Historic Dockyard. Here you can explore the wreckage of Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose, see Nelson’s death mask, and experience the sights, sounds and smells of historic sea battles thanks to interactive exhibits.

    • At 170 metres, The Harbour’s soaring Spinnaker Tower offers amazing views of the waterfront and the south coast, stretching out for 23 miles. With three viewing decks and a café 105 metres above sea level, you can spend a whole day exploring the city and beyond with a bird’s eye view.

  • Dining & Shopping

    • For a break from sightseeing, relax in the city centre’s Gunwharf Quays. The venue is home to more than 90 popular high street names, all under one roof. Markets are held regularly and a great way to find local bargains, while the Cascades Shopping Centre boasts a mix of both big-name and independent retail stores.

    • From fish and chips by the seafront to Michelin-starred restaurants and everything in between; Portsmouth offers something for everyone when it comes to dining. Many eateries are located alongside the city centre attractions, making it easy to take a break from your busy day of sightseeing. A wide range of affordable food, from local delicacies to international cuisine.

  • Did you know?

    • In high winds, the 170 metre Spinnaker Tower can sway side-to-side by up to 6 inches.

    • More than 6,000 trees were used in the construction of HMS Victory, which now resides in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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