Portsmouth Travel Guide

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Portsmouth Things to Do

  • Spinnaker Tower

    We could not have asked for a better day. Just caught more or less the last lift at 5.30pm (surprised at the early closure – no sunset viewing except during the winter months). And what views: the Isle of Wight to the south, Southampton on the horizon to the west, Old Portsmouth and distant Selsey to the east. But it’s not just about distant views...

  • Visit HMS Victory

    HMS Victory, in dry dock in Portsmouth, is the flag ship of the first sea lord, and as such, the oldest commissioned navel ship in existance in the world.Victory was laid down in 1749 and launched in 1765.She was famous for being Lord Nelson's flag ship at the battle of Trafalgar.You can certainly visit her, and it is well worth a visit to see how...

  • Gunwharf Quays - outlet shopping

    Gunwharf Quays consists of almost 100 outlet stores, 30 bars & restaurants, a health & fitness centre, 14 screen cinema, a 26 lane Bowling alley, a comedy club, night club, casino and a hotel (Holiday Inn Express).There are clothing to suit every style and budget. About half of the stores are devoted to women’s fashion, including designer handbags,...


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Portsmouth Restaurants

  • Nicolino's (Italian restaurant)

    I took the picture from the website 'Emsworth food festival'Nicolino's is an Italian restaurant.One of the waiters is an amateur painter, who happened to exhibit some of his paintings in the restaurant. Whenever the dinner arrangements seemed to have been 'cooked' (e.g. wrong number of seats, wrong meal) the head waiter offered free paintings as a...

  • Meals at Spitbank

    Our 24 hour package had a heavy emphasis on food and drink. We were met with champagne on arrival (about midday) and after our tour of the fort served a buffet lunch. There was coffee or tea and cake late afternoon, a pre-dinner treat of oysters in the bar, a four course dinner, and the next morning a full breakfast. It was lovely to be so indulged...

  • Popular amongst the locals

    Located opposite one of the largest and most famous naval dockyards in the world, this is a very nice pub for informal dining and lunches. The food is very good, there's plenty of it and it's reasonably priced. What's good about this place is that it isn't your average chain pub where you get a dry half of roast chicken with all the trimmings that...


Portsmouth Nightlife

  • Gunwharf Never Sleeps!!!

    It is impossible to talk about any one club in particular in Gunwharf, because each has its own atmosphere and unique reason for visiting.Being a student, I find the best nights to go out are usually in the week when there are special promotions on drinks and entry fees, happy hours, music gigs, etc etc. (although these become less common during...

  • Route 66

    It plays mainly 'party' music and takes records from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's which blend together to give an excellent atmosphere to dance to in one of it's many dance areas, or simply enjoy the company for your friends / work colleagues in one of the seating areas.It is suitable for any age of 'clubgoer', and prides itself in attracting the...

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Portsmouth Transportation

  • Getting to the fort

    Spitbank Fort lies a mile off the southern coast of England, in the stretch of sea between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight known as the Solent. So to get there you need a boat, and this is arranged as part of your stay. We were asked to be at the “Departure Lounge” (in Gosport when we went but about to move to a new permanent location on Gunwharf...

  • Trains from Victoria/Gatwick to...

    A train from Victoria will take you to Portsmouth Harbour in about 2 hours (and from Gatwick about 1h 40min). One way tickets may be very cheap even £5 or 10, depending on the date and time you travel . The earlier you book, the cheaper it should be. One downside with the cheap price is that there is not that much flexibility in travel times and...

  • Ferries

    Portsmouth Harbour sees ships leaving for the Isle of Wight, the channel islands, Bilbao and Le Havre, St Malo and Cherbourg in France. The harbour is north west of the city centre,there is a shuttle bus you can take.


Portsmouth Shopping

  • Port Solent

    Port Solent in Portsmouth is one of the South Coast’s primary leisure attractions where you can saunter along the marina, look through the shops on The Boardwalk, or just unwind in the Mediterranean environment of this scenic site, & watch as the human race go by; & the occasion dog if their out. I haven’t seen any cats as yet.There’s lots of shops...

  • Cascades Shopping Centre

    Cascades Shopping Centre is an entire high street under one roof, & the whole lot is planned to make your shopping trip enjoyable. The shops in the Cascades are wheelchair friendly; the restaurants are on the lower ground floor which you can get to by a lift. The Centre's normal opening times are:Monday - Saturday: 0900 - 1730Sunday: 1030 –...

  • End of the line

    This outlet store carries most of the end of line and unsellable stock from the Marks and Spencer main stores. Is not a giant store but big enough to carry a large range of items at a slightly discounted price. Be prepared to wait at the queue tills though, in the years since this store has opened the Management still don't seem to have got the...


Portsmouth Local Customs

  • "Festival Of the Sea"

    The 2005 festival was held same year that Portsmouth was celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.Over 500 vessels came to the International Festival of the Sea, which was from June 30th to July 3rd 2005 with more Tall Ships appearing than ever before. The visiting naval fleet is also the largest ever assembled for the event...

  • Trafalgar Day

    A ceremony is usually held on board HMS Victory at Portsmouth Naval Base to remember the 199th anniversary of Admiral Lord Nelson's triumph at the Battle of Trafalgar. During the service a laurel wreath is laid on the spot, where Admiral Nelson fell when he was shot in the battle.

  • Millenium Pebbles

    If going for a walk along Portsmouth and Southsea beach, anywhere from Southsea Castle to Eastney, keep a look out among the shingle for 'millenium pebbles'. This was an art project in 2000 when visitors to the beach were encouraged to mould and decorate clay 'pebbles' which were then numbered and fired and later scattered along the beach. A good...


Portsmouth Warnings and Dangers

  • Very Strong tides

    This is not the place to fall in the water,the tides here can be very very strong and if the tide were going out ,you would out to sea in minutes.so if you have children with you keep them from the waters edge,even some yachts have trouble making against the tide.

  • be smart

    well, Portsmouth is not quite 'safe' for some of us (Asian), my classmated had some bad experiences with the local youngsters.quite many drunken people messing around on Thursday to Saturday's nights. Sometimes, if football matches held, people will go crazy (especially Pompey VS Southampton).just be smart no matter you are a Asian or western...

  • Unfriendly youths

    North End shopping area along London Road changes character at night. As a woman I have never felt threatened, but young men with foreign accents (particularly French) may well attract the attention of local gangs, be aware & be careful.The problem may be no worse than anywhere else, but it's on my patch, and it grieves me!


Portsmouth Tourist Traps

  • "Gosport to Gunwharf and Portsmouth...

    Rather than fight your way through traffic to Gunwharf underground parking and Portsmouth Town . "Take the ferry from Gosport" Park at Gosport and take the ferry across with an Included Bus pass,These can be obtained at the Ferry Booth at Gosport Harbour Side, It is a lot less stress, the Bus Station and Train Station are on Portsmouth Harbour...

  • The Spinnaker Tower

    To me the Spinnaker Tower looks like a dart which has gone badly wrong. There was much about it on the news; some were saying the money had run out before they had finished building it. The Spinnaker Tower, which was being constructed next to Gunwharf Quays is the showpiece of the £86million regeneration of Portsmouth Harbour project which is...

  • Even as a student it was...

    Even as a student it was sometimes good to go to South Parade pier or Clarence pier and spend some time and money in the amusement arcades. During the season Clarence pier also has a fairground and you can get the usual seaside fare (cockles, rock, etc.)


Portsmouth What to Pack

  • Packing for a night on Spitbank

    Your visit to Spitbank Fort will probably only be for 24 hours, so you won’t need to take a large bag, but you will want to be sure you have everything you need as there is no opportunity to shop while there. You won’t have to carry your bag(s) once you’ve arrived at the Departure Lounge – everything is taken from you there, labelled and carried...

  • What to bring with?

    Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling. Whether snowy/wet/sunny/warm or cold weather, layer your clothing. Always remember to bring a cap/hat that covers your head and neck for when it gets hot, as well as sunglasses. I have been twice in the month of June... and it's always been quite hot, although last time we had...

  • Emergency Equipment

    These comments are for anybody thinking of taking a boat with them.Holdall with tools ,spare spark plug,VHF Marine hand held radio,Inshore flares,mobile phone but make sure the network covers that area,not all networks work in all areasand the one thing people tend to forget is a: Spare wheel for your trailer and wheel clamp. A flotation suit and...


Portsmouth Off The Beaten Path

  • Big Guns

    A few miles north of Portsmouth on Portsdown Hill overlooking the city stands the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson. Fort Nelson was built in the 1860s, as part of a chain of fortifications protecting the great naval harbour of Portsmouth in Hampshire and its Royal Dockyard from a feared French invasion. Opened in 1995 as home to the Royal Armouries...

  • Southsea Beach and Seafront

    The seafront is one of the most fashionable places in Portsmouth, loved by people & locals alike. The beach goes along the whole southern end of Portsea Island from Old Portsmouth to Eastney. Next to the beach & seafront esplanade, Southsea Common is a huge open space that was bought from the War Department in 1922. It is perfect for kite flying,...


    Fratton is a residential and formerly industrial area of Portsmouth, Hampshire. It consists of mostly Victorian terraced houses, and is typical of the residential areas in the city. In the past it housed a huge railway depot, but this has mostly been dismantled now, making way for a shopping complex and the redevelopment of Portsmouth F.C.'s...


Portsmouth Sports & Outdoors

  • Sailing

    The Solent is 15 miles long and varies in width between 21 to 3 miles due to the undulating shape of its opposing coasts.Within the Solent, strong currents flow through the Hurst Narrows (1.8 metres per second onspring tides) at the western entrance to the Solent (Velegrakis 1994). However, at the entrances to Portsmouth, Langstone and Chichester...

  • Portsmouth FC

    Name Portsmouth Nickname Pompey Stadium Fratton Park League Play In Premier League Honours Home Kit Blue shirt, White shorts, Red socks Away Kit A word of warning, if you watch a game from the away end make sure you take a coat in case it rains as there is no roof. To watch the match the only equipment you really need is...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Portsmouth Favorites

  • The Victory Bar

    I found this the most interesting area of Spitbank Fort, probably because it is, I think, the one that had been restored with the most original features (but also possibly because it is a bar!) This was where we were first welcomed with a glass of champagne, where we started our tour with Kyle, and where we finished our day with a nightcap. The bar...

  • Spitbank Fort – some history

    I had never studied the period of history during which Spitbank Fort and the other so-called “Palmerston Follies” were constructed so I had only a sketchy idea of its intended purpose, beyond the obvious general one of defence. But on Kyle’s tour I learned a lot more, and have since filled in a few gaps through my own research.In the mid nineteenth...

  • A tour of Spitbank Fort with Kyle

    We were welcomed to Spitbank by Celine and Kyle, who were to look after us during our stay. Both were very friendly and helpful, and worked hard to make our visit fun and interesting, but it was Kyle who took us on our tour of the fort and who really brought the place to life. Every company catering to tourists should have a Kyle! He is clearly...


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