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HMS Victory, Portsmouth Harbour

Book a Portsmouth hotel, where Walter Sir Raleigh first landed spuds and tobacco from the New World, Henry VIII’s Mary Rose sank and Dickens was born. To paraphrase one-time resident Arnold Schwarzenegger: you’ll be back.

Historic Portsmouth

At the Royal Navy Historic Dockyards you can board Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory. The Portsmouth City Museum is home to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle memorabilia. Why? Elementary, my dear Watson: he wrote two of his Sherlock Holmes novels here.

Art and museums in Portsmouth

There’s contemporary art, talks and screenings at the Aspex Gallery. The D-Day Museum is dedicated to the events of 6 June 1944, the date of the greatest seaborne invasion in history that embarked from Portsmouth.

Quirky things to do in Portsmouth

From the Spinnaker Tower there are 25-mile panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling windows across the Solent. It also has a glass viewing floor that’s the highest in the world. For even braver souls, Dark Encounters ghost walks through the historic city features costumed historical characters regaling gruesome tales. At the city’s Blue Reef Aquarium you can see tropical sharks in an underwater viewing tunnel.

Events in Portsmouth

City skies are darkened by hundreds of swooping flying objects at the Portsmouth International Kite Festival on Southsea Common in August. If you book your Portsmouth hotel in July, catch Portchester Castle’s Last Night of the Proms or take the kids to the Teddy Bears Beach Party held by the Blue Reef Aquarium.

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Attractions in Portsmouth:


Charles Dickens' Birthplace, Portsmouth. Courtesy of Portsmouth Tourism
Charles Dickens' Birthplace

Opening times:
May-Sep: daily 10am-5.30pm
Dickens' birthday 7 Feb 10am-5pm Feb 2013 (various dates)

Southsea Castle, Portsmouth. © Portsmouth Museums & Records Service
Southsea Castle

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5.30pm Apr - Sep 2013 (annual)

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Opening times:
Please check website for timetable as dates and times vary substantially throughout the year Mar - Dec 2011 (annual)

The Exbury Gardens steam railway, Exbury Gardens. Courtesy of Exbury Gardens
Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5pm Mar - Nov 2013 (annual)

Westgate Museum

Opening times:
Feb-Mar: Tue-Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 12pm-4pm
Apr-Oct: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm Feb - Mar 2013; not Mon (various dates)

What's on in Portsmouth:


Artists' Market

Dates Open:
06/12/2014 to 06/12/2014
04/07/2015 to 04/07/2015
16/05/2015 to 16/05/2015
21/02/2015 to 21/02/2015
18/10/2014 to 18/10/2014
20/12/2014 to 20/12/2014
04/04/2015 to 04/04/2015
15/08/2015 to 15/08/2015
18/07/2015 to 18/07/2015
01/11/2014 to 01/11/2014
07/02/2015 to 07/02/2015
01/08/2015 to 01/08/2015
04/10/2014 to 04/10/2014
03/01/2015 to 03/01/2015
20/06/2015 to 20/06/2015
02/05/2015 to 02/05/2015
06/06/2015 to 06/06/2015
15/11/2014 to 15/11/2014
05/09/2015 to 05/09/2015
17/01/2015 to 17/01/2015
21/03/2015 to 21/03/2015
18/04/2015 to 18/04/2015
07/03/2015 to 07/03/2015

Fireworks. Photo by Claudia Fogg
Fireworks Spectacular at Beaulieu

Dates Open:
29/10/2014 to 29/10/2014

Cranleigh Bonfire Night. Photo courtesy Cranleigh & District Lions Club
Cranleigh Bonfire and Firework Display

Dates Open:
01/11/2014 to 01/11/2014

The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum, Salisbury. Courtesy of The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum
The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum

Dates Open:
01/04/2014 to 31/10/2014
01/11/2014 to 30/11/2014
01/04/2015 to 31/10/2015
01/02/2015 to 28/02/2015

Fireworks. Photo by Barbara Realini, © Whatsonwhen
Brighton's Family Firework Spectacular

Dates Open:
01/11/2014 to 01/11/2014

Tina C
Screamers

Dates Open:
29/03/2015 to 29/03/2015
31/05/2015 to 31/05/2015
28/12/2014 to 28/12/2014
26/10/2014 to 26/10/2014
26/04/2015 to 26/04/2015
26/07/2015 to 26/07/2015
28/06/2015 to 28/06/2015
30/11/2014 to 30/11/2014
25/01/2015 to 25/01/2015
22/02/2015 to 22/02/2015
30/08/2015 to 30/08/2015

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