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16 Best Portsmouth Attractions Every Tourist Must See

If you’ve always dreamt of pretty portside towns and fishing boats, then Portsmouth is likely to hit all the right notes for you. It plays hosts to hundreds of small boats, submarines and three beautifully preserved ships. You can also take a trip to the local museum which provides more information about the harbour and its history. While the harbour is the main selling point of Portsmouth, there is an aquarium to explore on a rainy day and plenty of places to grab food and drinks. It is also a popular destination for those also travelling out the Isle of Wight.

 

16 Most Popular Attractions in Portsmouth

1. D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery

  • Adult £6.80; Child £4.70
  • 023 9282 6722
  • D-Day Museum, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-5.30pm

2. Portsmouth Historical Dockyard

  • Ticket prices vary by tour package
  • 023 9283 9766 (opt.1)
  • Portsmouth Historical Dockyard
  • Winter: Weekdays 10am-5pm; Summer: 10am-5.30pm
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3. Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth

  • Free
  • 023 9282 6170
  • St John's Cathedral, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Daily

4. Mary Rose Museum

  • Ticket prices vary by tour package
  • +44(0)23 9281 2931
  • Mary Rose Museum, Main Road, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Apr to Oct: 10am-5.30pm; Nov to Mar: 10am-5pm
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5. Spitbank Fort

  • Depends on the tour or accommodation package
  • 023 9298 6761
  • Spitbank Fort, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Daily

6. Clarence Pier

  • £8.99-£12.99 per person
  • 023 9282 1455
  • Clarence Pier, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Times vary at 11am-10pm

7. Blue Reef Aquarium

  • Ticket prices from £6.75-£10.50
  • 023 92875222
  • Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-5pm

8. Trafalgar Wharf

  • Upon inquiry
  • 023 9238 7833
  • Trafalgar Wharf Ltd, Hamilton Road, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Mon to Sat 9am-5pm

9. HMS Victory

  • Adult £18.00; Child £13.00
  • 02392 839 766
  • HMS Victory, Main Road, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am
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10. Square Tower

  • Depends on the event
  • 07519 505785
  • Square Tower, Broad Street, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Daily

11. National Museum of the Royal Navy

  • Ticket prices vary by tour package
  • 02392 839 766
  • National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am

12. Southsea Castle

  • Free
  • 023 9284 1625
  • Southsea Castle, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Tue to Sun 10am-5pm

13. Spinnaker Tower

  • Adult £9.95; Child (3-15 yrs) £7.95; Child (under 3) Free
  • +44 (0)23 9285 7520
  • Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am
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14. Pyramids Centre

  • Starts from £24 per month
  • 02393 200330
  • Pyramids Centre, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Depends on the activities

15. Portsmouth Cathedral

  • Free
  • 023 9282 3300
  • Portsmouth Cathedral, Saint Thomas's Street, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Daily

Top Attractions

As a naval Base, Portsmouth has a history tied up with ships. Visit the Historical Dockyard and see Lord Nelson’s warship, HMS Victory. Henry VIII’s pride The Mary Rose has her final resting place here as well. The National Museum of the Royal Navy is in the same area. Another ship to visit is the HMS Warrior.

Kids & Family

Take the kids to the Blue Reef Aquarium for a great educational day out. The kids will also enjoy a day at Southsea Castle, which was built by Henry VIII in 1544. Just after it was built the Mary Rose sank just out in front of the Castle.

Shopping & Nightlife

Gunwharf Quays is the place to head for shopping during the day and again for entertainment after dark. Guildhall Walk and Palmerston Road are other places to check out.

Day Tours

Go to the D Day Museum & Overlord Embroidery, a more comprehensive experience learning about the D Day and Normandy Landing. The Overlord Embroidery is based on the Bayeux Tapestry and traces the progress of the Overlord campaign from 1940 to the shores of Normandy in 1944. The Spitbank Fort is a very exclusive island offering tours of the Fort as well as dining and accommodation.

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