Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard is home to some of the most famous warships in the world; Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. Their appeal endures because of the graphic and moving stories associated with them; being the favourite of Henry VIII; the victor at the Battle of Trafalgar and never firing a shot in … Read more

The Diving Museum

Located within a Victorian coastal defence gun battery, The Diving Museum exhibits the best range of military, commercial and recreational diving equipment anywhere in Europe. The Diving Museum is an outreach project of the Historical Diving Society and is manned entirely by volunteers. The museum looks south over the Solent and the Isle of Wight … Read more

Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays is instantly recognisable as the home of Portsmouth’s landmark Spinnaker Tower, affording superb views across the harbour to the Isle of Wight. That’s not all Gunwharf Quays has to offer, boasting almost 100 designer outlets for an unbeatable shopping opportunity, plus over 30 coffee shops, restaurants and bars, to see you through from morning … Read more

Submarine Museum

A visit to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport allows the visitor to dive into history and go onboard WWII submarine, The HMS Alliance, with a veteran submariner to hear his stories about living beneath the waves.   Peer into the only surviving WWII midget submarine and climb inside the Royal Navy’s first submarine, … Read more

Charles Dickens Birthplace

The Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum offers visitors the chance to visit the Portsmouth house where Charles Dickens was born on 7th February 1812. During this time, Britain’s Navy was still at war with Napoleonic France. Charles’s father, John Dickens, a clerk in the Navy Pay Office, had brought his young bride Elizabeth down to Portsmouth … Read more

Spinnaker Tower

Standing an impressive 170m tall, the Spinnaker Tower is a recognisable icon of the southern coastline, offering 350º panoramic views of Portsmouth Harbour, the south coast and the Isle of Wight. Spinnaker Tower’s three viewing platforms afford unbeatable views across fascinating sea and landscapes, spanning 23 miles and over 1700 years of history. Visitors can … Read more

The D-Day Story

Portsmouth’s D-Day Story is Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944. The D-Day Story’s centrepiece is the magnificent Overlord Embroidery, and within the Embroidery gallery is the audio-visual theatre, evoking the atmosphere of World War II through archive film footage, music, wartime … Read more

Southsea Castle

Built in 1544, Southsea Castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by Henry VIII around England’s coasts to protect the country from invaders. Barely was the work completed when Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, tragically sank in front of the Castle. During the English Civil War, nearly a century later, the Castle … Read more

Portsmouth Watersports Centre

With a great range of outdoor and water sport activities, Portsmouth Watersports Centre is the best place on the Solent coastline to experience fun on the water – and for those feeling brave enough – perhaps even in the water! The centre is fully equipped with a large fleet of windsurfing and sailing vessels, kayaks … Read more