Official Visitor Guide Portsmouth
2022 Visitor Guide
The Portsmouth Visitor Guide offers an overview of everything Portsmouth – the perfect place for a day out, short break or longer holiday.
With more than 800 years of naval history, Portsmouth’s world-renowned Historic Dockyard is a must-see. Featuring The Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and HMS M.33, along with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Action Stations, Boathouse No. 4 and a boat trip around the harbour, this attraction offers a full day’s visit.
Enjoy spectacular views from the iconic Spinnaker Tower, soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben!
Visit Gunwharf Quays and shop at over 90 premium designer outlets then enjoy a meal by the sea at one of 30 cosmopolitan bars, restaurants and coffee shops. Soak up the history with a walk along Portsmouth’s impressive waterfront, join a guided walk or self-guide yourself along the Millennium Promenade, taking in the Camber Dock, Round Tower, Square Tower and the Hotwalls Studios.
Continue along the seafront to find green spaces, impressive gardens and a range of activities. Attractions include Southsea Castle – built by Henry VIII, Exploria at the Pyramids and the Blue Reef Aquarium.
Don’t miss The D-Day Story where your visit now starts on LCT 7074 – a massive landing draft that carried ten tanks at a time across to France during the war. Your visit continues in the museum where a mix of objects, interactive and video tell the stories of those taking part in this turning point in history. The incredible Overlord Embroidery offers a stunning finale to the visit.
For literary fans, Portsmouth is a surprising destination. The great author Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth and his birthplace is preserved as a fascinating museum. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created his famous character Sherlock Holmes whilst residing in Portsmouth and the city is now home to a large collection of Conan Doyle memorabilia, on display in two exhibitions taking over the ground floor of Portsmouth Museum.
2022 is an exciting year for Portsmouth as we move through the pandemic and welcome back a host of events to the city and new additions to the city’s attractions.
Portsmouth also has a lively and diverse cultural scene – find live music, theatre and comedy in Portsmouth Guildhall, Kings Theatre and New Theatre Royal along with smaller independent venues.
As event details are changeable, please head to www.visitportsmouth.co.uk to get the most up to date information on everything Portsmouth, including more details of local places to stay.