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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:


Reading FC 2011/12

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Enjoying a walk in Beale Park. Photo courtesy of Beale Park
Beale Park

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5pm (until 6pm in high season) Feb - Nov 2013 (annual)

Basildon Park. Courtesy of the National Trust
Basildon Park

Opening times:
Mar-Oct: Mon & Wed-Sun 11am-5pm; Dec 11am-4pm Feb - Dec 2013; not Tue (annual)

The Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle © The Dean & Canons of Windsor
Changing of the Guard

Opening times:
Apr-July Mon-Sat 11am; Aug-Mar 11am alternate days and excluding Sundays; please visit the castle's website for full details Jan - Dec 2013 (annual)

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Opening times:
Nov 2012 - Mar 2013; Sun only (various dates)

What's on in Portsmouth:


Greg Mosse; photo courtesy of West Dean College and Gardens
Chichester Writing Festival

Dates Open:
27/03/2015 to 29/03/2015

Artists' Market

Dates Open:
19/09/2015 to 19/09/2015
02/05/2015 to 02/05/2015
18/07/2015 to 18/07/2015
04/04/2015 to 04/04/2015
21/11/2015 to 21/11/2015
20/06/2015 to 20/06/2015
06/02/2016 to 06/02/2016
06/06/2015 to 06/06/2015
07/03/2015 to 07/03/2015
16/05/2015 to 16/05/2015
16/01/2016 to 16/01/2016
03/10/2015 to 03/10/2015
01/08/2015 to 01/08/2015
18/04/2015 to 18/04/2015
19/12/2015 to 19/12/2015
17/10/2015 to 17/10/2015
05/09/2015 to 05/09/2015
07/11/2015 to 07/11/2015
15/08/2015 to 15/08/2015
21/03/2015 to 21/03/2015
04/07/2015 to 04/07/2015
02/01/2016 to 02/01/2016
05/12/2015 to 05/12/2015

Die Fledermaus, still life image by David Massey
Welsh National Opera Spring Tour

Dates Open:
25/03/2015 to 28/03/2015

Westgate Museum

Dates Open:
01/02/2016 to 30/03/2016
01/04/2015 to 31/10/2015
01/02/2015 to 31/03/2015

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