Located a short drive from London and served by frequent train and coach services, the charming port city of Portsmouth with its waterfront suburb, Southsea, is one of England’s best seaside getaway destinations. England’s only island city, situated on Portsea Island, Portsmouth is also connected to France and Spain by comfortable and affordable ferries, providing an interesting route and stop-over for those visiting other destinations in Europe. Home to a University and a Navy base, it is a colourful, lively and attractive city steeped in history, blending modern and progressive with the historic and traditional.
What Portsmouth & Southsea offer
- Historic sights and buildings, museums
- Contemporary architecture including the iconic Spinnaker Tower
- Entertainment and fun for all ages and all interests
- Cultural activities and events, from theatres to street art
- Beaches, parks, gardens, sport activities
- Great shopping, from big name to second hand and organic
- Excellent food, trendy cafés and classic English pubs
|• City Centre
The area around the Portsmouth & Southsea railway station, including the Guildhall, Civic Offices and Commercial Road, is the city’s administrative, cultural, business and shopping centre. There are a number of historic buildings, including Charles Dicken’s birthplace.
• Old Portsmouth
Old Portsmouth is in the south west corner of Portsea Island, a strategic point at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour, with a fortified short. There are several historic buildings, including the Royal Garrison Church dating back to the 13th century.
Eastney is an area in the southeast of Portsea Island, with a long stretch of beach, the Royal Marines’ Museum, the Marina and the Hayling Ferry at the tip.
The historic port and harbour of Portsmouth, Portsea is home to the Historic Dockyard that includes the Royal Naval Museum, some very significant historic ships such as the H. M. S. Victory, the Mary Rose and the H. M. S. Warior, adventures at the Action Stations and more.
• Southsea Seafront
Stretching from Old Portsmouth to Eastney in the east, the Southsea Seafront provides a scenic walk along the Esplanade with different type of activities and sights along the way.
Fratton is a convenient station to/from Southsea, offering several shops, pubs and restaurants. It is also home to Portsmouth FC and a car-boot sale is organised in front of the stadium on Sundays.
|• Gunwharf Quays
Gunwharf Quays is a redeveloped area on the site of the former Royal Navy shore establishment HMS Vernon, opened on 28 February 2001. One of the main symbols of Portsmouth, the iconic Spinnaker Tower, is located here as well as 95 designer shopping outlets, 25 bars and restaurants, accommodation, a casino and the Marina.
Southsea, at the southern end of Portsea Island, has a thriving commercial area around Palmerston Road and the more alternative Albert Road area which is home to numerous independent traders.
Located at the very north of Portsea Island, Hilsea is a laid back area with the Foxes Forest, lakes and the Lido.