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For other places with the same name, see Portsmouth (disambiguation).

Portsmouth (pronounced "ports-muth" and nicknamed "Pompey") is a large city in the county of Hampshire, on the south coast of England. Portsmouth plays a major role in British history, especially naval history. Its rich heritage offers a variety of attractions, including the Historical Dockyard, which houses some of the most historical warships in the world – HMS Victory, Lord Nelson's flagship used at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, and the Mary Rose, a Tudor-era warship. Portsmouth has two cathedrals, including the Romanesque Portsmouth Cathedral, 12 museums, most of which are free, and two theatres. The city offers excellent shopping facilities in the Gunwharf Quays complex, home to a variety of designer stores including Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and Barbour, as well as the striking 557 ft (170 m) landmark Spinnaker Tower, which offers excellent views of the Solent and City.

Portsmouth from Portsdown Hill

Portsmouth is also known for its literary history, as the birthplace of Charles Dickens, the famous Victorian era novelist, and the pioneering engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Other famous figures to have lived here are HG Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling. The city is well served by three musical venues, The Wedgewood Rooms, Guildhall and Pyramids, which regularly host major musical and comedy acts.


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The majority of the city of Portsmouth lies on Portsea Island, though it is separated from the mainland only by a roughly 30-m wide stretch of seawater, so is perhaps more accurately thought of as a peninsula. Historically, Portsmouth has long been an important naval port and builds on its rich heritage with memorials, museums, trails and the fascinating Historic Dockyard. It has 4 mi (6.4 km) of seafront, including pebbled beaches. It is a university city, home to the University of Portsmouth, and has a large multicultural student population.

Portsmouth has a population of 200,000 people and is the most densely populated city in the UK, outside of certain parts of London. The entire Portsmouth Urban Area is home to more than 442,000 people.

Visitor information


Get in

Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, also known as Portsmouth Cathedral

By train


1 Portsmouth & Southsea station Portsmouth & Southsea railway station on Wikipedia has National Rail trains run frequently from London Waterloo and take between 1 hr 30 min and 1 hr 40 min via Haslemere. Or about 2 hr 10 min via Winchester (you may arrive earlier by taking a later train via Haslemere than going via Winchester). A cheap day single is about £33. Other major services include Brighton (1 hr 40 min), Cardiff (3 hr 10 min) via Bath and Bristol; and Southampton (1 hour). There are also direct trains from Gatwick Airport (1 hr 20 min). Alight at Portsmouth & Southsea station for Portsmouth City Centre shopping, Portsmouth Guildhall and a short walk to the seafront.

Alight at 2 Portsmouth Harbour station Portsmouth Harbour railway station on Wikipedia for the Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays, the Spinnaker Tower and ferries to the Isle of Wight.

Alight at 3 Fratton station Fratton railway station on Wikipedia for Fratton Park football stadium.

4 Hilsea station Hilsea railway station on Wikipedia is in the northeast of the city. lt serves the local industrial estates and most visitors would have no reason to alight here unless they are visiting Portsmouth Rugby Club. Some trains do not stop at this station.

When departing by train those unfamiliar with the stations can easily miss them even when only a few feet away. Portsmouth Harbour is behind the bus station at The Hard. Portsmouth & Southsea is easily found at the bottom of Commercial Road if you look out for the railway bridge just south of the building. Fratton can be found to the east of the road bridge at the bottom of Fratton Road and north of the roundabout between Victoria Road North and Goldsmith Avenue. The less frequented Hilsea Station is underneath the road bridge at Norway Road and Cosham station is on the Cosham High Street.

By car


Portsmouth is easily accessible by car via the M275 the M27 and A27. From London, take the A3 or M3 south. As Portsmouth is an island city, routes in and out are limited, and so congestion can be a problem, especially during rush hour. The large majority of residential roads have a 20 mph (~32 km/h) speed limit.

Parking is plentiful on the street (about £1/hr) and in pay-and-display car parks. The city centre and Gunwharf Quays both have multi-storey car parks, and Southsea has on-street parking. Some roads have a time limit on parking for non-residents and these limits are enforceable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Portsmouth has a Park & Ride scheme allowing parking for a reasonable cost and free bus travel to the city centre and The Hard. The buses run until the early or late evening depending on the day. There is no access for cars from the Park & Ride car parks into the city proper - only buses are permitted to leave the car parks in this direction - this is to avoid residential roads being used as rat runs by cars entering the city.

If you stroll a little away from the city centre and tourist hot spots (sometimes just around the corner in Southsea), parking can be found for free or in time-limited bays.

Motorcycles can park without a resident's permit and within the marked bays. Gunwharf Quays also has a dedicated motorcycle bay in the underground car park.

If you're visiting the university, you can obtain day car passes from University House. However, the car parks are very busy during term time.

By bus


Local bus routes stretch as far afield as Havant and Southampton. Day passes can be bought for £3.70 which allows unlimited travel in the Portsmouth City area or £4.80 for the whole of Hampshire.

National Express travels into the Hard (a few hundred yards from the harbour and historic dockyard) with links to many of the country's major cities.

By boat

See also: Ferry routes to Great Britain

Since Portsmouth is the 'Waterfront City', there are numerous options for arriving by boat from near and far.

From France


There are ferry services from four ports in Normandy and Brittany. Cross Channel ferry services operate out of the Portsmouth International Port located at the end of the M275 motorway

From Spain


There are services from two ports in northern Spain (the Basque Country and Cantabria).

From the Channel Islands


There are services from the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey.

Local services

From the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is under 60 min by ferry or 10 min by hovercraft.

From Gosport

The Gosport Ferry runs every 7 min at peak times and every 15 min at other times until midnight for £3.30 return. The Gosport Ferry service docks at the transport hub by Portsmouth Harbour station.

From Hayling Island

The Hayling Ferry is a foot and cyclist ferry from Ferry Point on Hayling Island to Eastney that typically runs hourly for £5.50 return.

By plane


The nearest airport is 5 Southampton Airport Southampton Airport on Wikipedia (SOU IATA), around 20 mi (32 km) from Portsmouth in Eastleigh. Over 47 European and domestic destinations are served from here. From the airport it is simple to get to Portsmouth by train, traveling from Southampton Airport Parkway and changing at either Southampton Central or Eastleigh.

Get around


By bus


Several bus companies operate within Portsmouth and the surrounding areas: First Bus Solent and Stagecoach South

A day travel ticket can be bought for £4.50 for First Bus only. It is also possible to travel between the harbour and the city centre using the train. It is a compact, flat city however, and nowhere is a very long walk. There are two local minicab companies - City Wide Taxis (more than 90 vehicles) and Aquacars (more than 700 vehicles) that can be prebooked and many actual taxis that can be flagged down in the street or found and taxi ranks scattered around the city.Uber operates in the city.

At night, if you can find an elevated position you can navigate via the chain of blue lights along the seafront, to the south.

Here are some of the local names for the areas which may be useful for people visiting

  • The Hard is the area around Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays and Portsmouth Harbour Train and Bus Stations.
  • Old Portsmouth/Sallyport/Spice Island, the area around the Anglican Cathedral Square and Round Tower, Camber Dock and along the sea walls.
  • Southsea, the area next to the sea at the southern end of the island and it stretches further north to include Southsea Town Centre (Palmerston, Elm, Marmion and Albert Roads).
  • Commercial Road, the city centre, and the main shopping and market street, home of Cascades shopping mall.
  • Fratton, the area north of Southsea and east of Commercial Road (really useful only if you are attending a football match at Fratton Park or changing trains at Fratton Station)


Spinnaker Tower at night
  • 1 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Located in the naval base, the Historic Dockyard has a number of historic ships including the Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. In the Historic Dockyard are also the Royal Naval Museum and Action Stations - an interactive look at the navy of today. There is a great old pub outside of the dockyard called the Ship Anson, worth a try. Portsmouth Visitor Information Centre can be found adjacent to the visitor entrance of the dockyard. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (Q21030119) on Wikidata Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Wikipedia
  • 2 Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, +44 23 9285 7520. Daily 10AM-6PM (until 10PM Sa and every day during Jul and Aug). This striking and highly visible £21-million landmark tower rises some 170 m above the redeveloping harbour of Portsmouth, symbolising the wind filling a spinnaker sail. Visitors can use the tower to view from 3 levels: at 100 m, 105 m and 115 m. A high-speed internal lift takes you to the top. Adult £7, child £5.50, concessions £6.20. Spinnaker Tower (Q541846) on Wikidata Spinnaker Tower on Wikipedia
Southsea castle
  • 3 Southsea Castle. Built in 1544, the castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by Henry VIII around England's coasts to protect the country from invaders. Heavily modified due to being in use until the end of World War II. Contains a rather random selection of cannon that have ended up in the collection of Portsmouth city council over the years. Southsea Castle (Q1743815) on Wikidata Southsea Castle on Wikipedia
  • Southsea Seafront. 4 mi (6.4 km) of seafront promenade backed by gorgeous green spaces and gardens.
  • 4 Southsea model village, Lumps Fort, Eastney Esplanade, PO4 9RU (seafront), +44 7825 558231. 10:30AM-5PM.
  • 5 Southsea Rose garden. Inside the 19th-century Lumps Fort.
  • 6 Ernest Smith Clock Tower, 43C Castle Rd, Southsea, PO5 3AY. A beautiful clock tower over a barbers.


  • 7 Portsmouth Cathedral (The Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury), High St, PO1 2HH, +44 23 9282 3300. A Romanesque Anglican cathedral in the old town. Portsmouth Cathedral (Q1573962) on Wikidata Portsmouth Cathedral on Wikipedia
  • 8 St John's Catholic Cathedral, Bishop Crispian Way, PO1 3HQ, +44 23 9282 6170. A Catholic cathedral in the city centre.
  • 9 Royal Garrison Church (Domus Dei (Hospital of Saint Nicholas and Saint John the Baptist)), PO1 2NJ, +44 23 9237 8291. Tu-Sa 11AM-4PM. A partly roofless English Heritage property. Only occasionally open to the public. Portsmouth Garrison church (Q17650348) on Wikidata Domus Dei on Wikipedia


  • 10 Royal Marines Museum, Southsea, +44 23 9281 9385, fax: +44 23 9283 8420, . Daily 10AM-5PM (except Dec 24-26). Covers the history of the Royal Marines. The museum is in what was one of the most stately Officers' Messes in England, built in the 1860s with beautiful ceilings, huge paintings and a grand staircase. Adult £9. Royal Marines Museum (Q7374452) on Wikidata Royal Marines Museum on Wikipedia
  • 11 Eastney Beam Engine House, 201 Henderson Rd, Southsea PO4 9JF, +44 23 9282 6722. Daily 10AM-5PM. Pair of compound beam engines built 1887. What they pumped was sewage. Eastney Beam Engine House (Q12056883) on Wikidata Eastney Beam Engine House on Wikipedia
  • 12 D-Day Museum. Daily (except 24-26 Dec) Apr-Oct 10AM-5:30PM; Nov-Mar 10AM-5PM. The D-Day Story (Q5203249) on Wikidata D-Day Museum on Wikipedia
  • 13 Blue Reef Aquarium, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, +44 23 9287 5222. Daily except 25 Dec 10AM-6PM (Nov-Mar until 5PM). Take an undersea safari at the aquarium on the seafront. Adult £9.75. Blue Reef Aquarium (Q4929663) on Wikidata Blue Reef Aquarium on Wikipedia
  • 14 Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum, 393 Old Commercial Rd. Daily from mid Apr-Dec 10AM-5:30PM. The famous writer Charles Dickens was born in this modest house in 1812. Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum (Q17528937) on Wikidata Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum on Wikipedia
  • 15 Cumberland House Natural History Museum, Eastern Parade, PO4 9RF, +44 23 9281 5276. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM. A fairly limited collection. Free.
  • 16 City Museum & Records Office, Museum Rd, PO1 2LJ. Home of the Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes exhibition "A Study in Sherlock". Portsmouth City Museum (Q19568980) on Wikidata Portsmouth City Museum on Wikipedia

Further afield

Portchester Castle Keep
  • 17 Portchester Castle, Church Road, Portchester, PO16 9QW, +44 23 9237 8291. About 5 mi (8.0 km) from Portsmouth is one of the best preserved Roman fortifications in Northern Europe. The castle's keep was built in Norman times (largely from recycled Roman brick) and extensive late Roman structures remain although ruinous. The castle is well sign posted, and served by regular buses, Portchester rail station is a 10-min walk north. adults £5.00, children £3.00, concessions £4.50. Portchester Castle (Q732249) on Wikidata Portchester Castle on Wikipedia
  • 18 Portsdown Hill. Offers amazing views across Portsmouth and the South Downs. Just to the rear (north) of Portsmouth, it is a world away with countryside walks and traditional pubs. Portsdown Hill (Q7232403) on Wikidata Portsdown Hill on Wikipedia
  • 19 The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson. Sits just on Portsdown Hill and is free of charge to visit. free (£3 for car parking). Fort Nelson (Q5471742) on Wikidata Fort Nelson, Hampshire on Wikipedia


  • 1 Southsea Common, Southsea, PO5 3AE, +44 23 9282 8112. Relax on the common with a picnic or barbecue.
  • Follow the Renaissance Trail around the Millennium Promenade, a self-guided walk with information along the way -- look for the chain in the pavement.
  • 2 Clarence Pier. A small fairground close to the Hoverport with rides and amusement arcades. Clarence Pier (Q5126706) on Wikidata Clarence Pier on Wikipedia
  • 3 The Bandstand, Southsea, PO5 3NT. Listen to live music here every Sunday in the summer.
  • 4 Portsmouth FC, Fratton Park, 44 Frogmore Rd PO4 8RA, +44 23 9273 1204. "Pompey" were promoted in 2024 and now play soccer in the Championship, the second tier. Portsmouth F.C. (Q19604) on Wikidata Portsmouth F.C. on Wikipedia
  • 5 Portsmouth Rugby Football Club, Norway Road, PO3 5EP, +44 23 9266 0610. Portsmouth Rugby Football Club (Q7232493) on Wikidata Portsmouth Rugby Football Club on Wikipedia
  • Victorious Music Festival, Southsea Seafront (2020 venue), . 28-30 August 2020. This annual music festival has been running since 2012 with big name acts such as Ray Davies headlining and up to 80,000 people attending. Victorious Festival (Q28402713) on Wikidata Victorious Festival on Wikipedia


  • 1 The University of Portsmouth. A modern university with a population of about 20,000 students. University of Portsmouth (Q2744209) on Wikidata University of Portsmouth on Wikipedia
  • 2 Highbury College. Highbury College (Q5757880) on Wikidata Highbury College on Wikipedia


  • 1 Portsmouth City Centre (Commercial Road & Cascades). Usual high street names, but has Miss Selfridge, Topshop, H&M, New Look and Primark next to one another.
  • 2 Gunwharf Quays. Outlet centre, with shops like M&S, Cadburys, Claire's, Gap. Some of the prices are cheaper than the high streets, but likewise some are similar or more expensive so shopping around is a good idea. Gunwharf Quays (Q278073) on Wikidata Gunwharf Quays on Wikipedia
  • 3 Southsea Town Centre. A variety of small specialist shops, boutiques, art shops, delis, home furnishings. Also Knight & Lee.
  • 4 Albert Road. A good bet for smaller (independent) shops, second-hand goods and antiques.



Portsmouth has hundreds of restaurants catering to all tastes. Towards Fareham, the marina Port Solent offers a variety of restaurants in a pleasant environment with a multiplex movie theatre nearby, and ample (free) onsite parking.



Throughout the town you find the known restaurants like Taco Bell, JD Wetherspoon and Greggs (bakery).

  • 1 The Tenth Hole Tea Room, Eastern Parade (next to mini-golf course), +44 23 9281 7278. Great for light lunch but the highlight is the amazing home-made cakes.
  • 2 Jenny's Restaurants, 4-6 Charlotte St.
  • 3 Ocean Fresh Fish & Chips, 152B Kingston Rd.
  • 4 Nut Cafe Restaurant, 81D London Rd.
  • 5 North End Cafe, 106 London Rd.
  • 6 Britannia Fish and Chips, 7 The Hard.
  • 7 The Fratton, 25 -27 Fratton Rd.



Best places for curry: Portsmouth offers a variety of Indian restaurants thanks to its prominent Asian community. The best places are Albert road where the curries are cheap as there is a restaurant literally every couple of shops, and Palmerston road which is more expensive.

  • 8 abarbistro, 58 White Hart Rd, +44 23 9281 1585. Old Portsmouth. Modern European cuisine. Also great but you can drop a lot of money in this place, which has great service!
  • 9 The Beach Club, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, +44 23 9229 5004. A relatively new restaurant right on the pebbles, with the most amazing views of the Solent. Great for a cold glass of wine, stonebaked pizza and pasta. £15-25.
  • 10 Panero Lounge, 36-38 Palmerston Rd. British fare £10-20.
  • 11 Becketts Southsea, 11 Bellevue Terrace. British-inspired cuisine


  • 12 The Chambers, 27 Landport Terrace.


  • Guildhall Walk and around the railway station has bars such as Walkabout, Yates and Wetherspoons, and clubs Route 66 and Babylon. The area is well-policed but keep your wits about you.



Albert Road is main drag, with student pubs, wine bars, cafe-bars and Indian restaurants.

  • 1 Bold Forester, 177 Albert Rd, Southsea, PO4 0JW, +44 2392 838 743. Green King
  • 2 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 51 Southsea Terrace, Southsea, PO5 3AU, +44 2392 818 979. 11AM-11PM.
  • 3 The Deco, 128 Elm Grove, Southsea PO5 1LR. Friendly rock and alternative, sometimes metal bar.
  • 4 Emporium Bar, 152-156 Elm Grove, Southsea, PO5 1LR, +44 2392 293 991. 11AM-.
  • 5 Festing, 1A Festing Rd, Southsea, PO4 0NG, +44 2392 825 560. noon-11PM. Green King
  • 6 Hole in the Wall, 36 Great Southsea St, Southsea PO5 3BY. Small pub with a traditional feel and real ales.
  • 7 The Honest Politician, 47 Elm Grove, Southsea PO5 1JF. A pub with pool tables and a relaxed atmosphere, and always a rocking soundtrack.
  • 8 The Kings, 39 Albert Rd, Southsea, PO5 2SE, +44 2392 820 557. 10AM-10PM.
  • 9 The Phoenix, 13 Duncan Rd, Southsea, PO5 2QU, +44 2392 781 055. 10AM-midnight. The Phoenix Pub (Q108801775) on Wikidata
  • 10 The Wine Vaults, 41-47 Albert Rd, Southsea PO5 2SF, +44 2392 864 712. noon-11PM. Good cask ales and great atmosphere, arrive early if you want a seat. The Wine Vaults (Q108801779) on Wikidata

Palmerston Road also has several and is more up-market with the establishments tables in the road:

Gunwharf Quays


This area has over 20 bars and restaurants, many with waterfront views:

  • 17 Ship Anson, 10 The Hard, Portsea, PO1 3DT. Green King overlooking the HMS Warrior Ship Anson Pub (Q108785377) on Wikidata
  • 18 The Old Customs House, Vernon Buildings, PO1 3TY, +44 23 9283 2333. A traditional pub in a historic building, within a modern setting. Great ales and food. Hms Nelson; Building Number 58 (Q26537919) on Wikidata
  • 19 The Ship & Castle, 1-2 The Hard, Portsea, PO1 3PU (next to Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard), +44 2392 832 009. In the ‘Devil’s Acre’ severing a carvery every day overlooking the HMS Warrior The Ship & Castle Pub Portsmouth (Q108785572) on Wikidata
  • 20 The Fleet Portsmouth, 1 King Henry I St, PO1 2PT, +44 2393 830 150. 10AM-11PM.
  • 21 Park Tavern, Spring St, PO1 1DH, +44 7375 850 338.

Old Portsmouth




Accommodation in Portsmouth can be browsed online via the official VisitPortsmouth website and the Visitor Info Centre can make bookings/check availability on your behalf: +44 23 9282 6722.

  • 1 Bed and Breakfast at No3, 3 Bellevue Terrace, +44 23 9234 9929. Within walking distance of local attractions.
  • 2 Duke of Buckingham, 119 High St, PO1 2HW, +44 2392 827 067.
  • 3 Florence House Hotel and Somerset House Hotel, 2 Malvern Road, +44 23 9275 1666. The city's only boutique accommodation just back from the seafront, these upmarket hotels are in easy reach of everything.
  • 4 Ibis Portsmouth Centre, Winston Churchill Avenue, +44 23 9264 0000. Also good, near the Portsmouth & Southsea train station.
  • 5 Pembroke Park Hotel, 1 Bellevue Terrace, Southsea, +44 23 9229 6817. Minutes from the old town and the seafront. Portsmouth and Southsea are within easy walking distance.
  • 6 Queen's Hotel, +44 23 9282 2466, . A must for Mr. Bean fans - this was where the episode "Mr. Bean in Room 426" was set. (Whatever you do, don't eat tainted oysters or lock yourself out of your room!)
  • 7 Spitbank Fort. The lighthouse has been refurbished and has accommodation.
  • 8 Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays, The Plaza, Gunwharf Quays, +44 23 9289 4240.
  • 9 Travelodge Portsmouth, Kingston Crescent, North End, +44 8719 846208 (high cost). The Portsmouth hotel is within easy reach of the Continental ferry port and the Isle of Wight ferry. Conveniently located very close to the centre of this historic naval city, with the thriving shopping and leisure centre and Gunwharf Quays all nearby.
  • 10 Travelodge Portsmouth Hilsea, Copnor Road, Hilsea, +44 8715 591841 (high cost). The Portsmouth Hilsea hotel is a great base for fitness fanatics with Hillsea Lido, the rugby club and fitness centres within jogging distance. There's also a great running track along the water.

Stay safe


As with most other large English cities, there can be a problem with violence around the city centre at weekends, around pub and club closing times (around 11PM and 2AM), but with a little common sense, the risk is minor. The same applies to the big pub-laden street of Albert Road in Southsea, where drunk people abound and the pavements are relatively narrow.

The area along Southsea seafront can be very quiet and secluded at nights, as it's no longer the bustling nightlife area that it used to be. You should be cautious.

The main place to avoid is Somerstown, the high-rise council estate to the south of the city centre, especially after dark. Somerstown is one of the most deprived places in the country, and consequently it is one of the main, if not the main hotspot for crime in the city, and it is very much best avoided. Somewhat luckily, a tourist has precisely zero reasons to want or need to go there - so don't. If your walking route takes you through Somerstown, choose a different route. Buckland, situated to the north of the city centre, should also be avoided at night - similar caveats apply.

More generally, petty crime is an ongoing concern in the city. Nothing should be left on display in vehicles and it's sensible to park your car in a Park Marque scheme facility (ask at the Visitor Info Centre +44 23 9282 6722).

There is an intense, long-standing and exceptionally bitter football rivalry between Portsmouth FC and Southampton FC, tying into a bitter rivalry between the cities more generally. Most residents do not care particularly much about this rivalry, but those who do care really care, rather passionately. Wearing a Southampton football top may cause you some problems in the city; in fact, anything with red and white vertical stripes (Southampton's colours) is probably a bad idea. This goes quintuple on days on which Southampton and Portsmouth play each other; wearing Southampton kit in these circumstances is quite likely to get you assaulted if you walk into the wrong pub. Complimenting Southampton or denigrating Portsmouth in comparison to Southampton is also quite likely to cause your evening to take a turn for the worse depending on who you do it around.



As of May 2022, Portsmouth has 5G from all UK carriers.

Go next

  • Gosport shares the harbour with Portsmouth and can be reached by a short ferry ride from Portsmouth Harbour station. Home of Explosion: Museum of Naval Firepower and the Royal Naval Submarine Museum.
  • Winchester, the former English capital, is a beautiful city worth a visit. Excellent restaurants, interesting shops and the famous cathedral.
  • Chichester housing a lovely city centre and impressive cathedral
  • Emsworth is a small fishing town, a nice retreat year round. The food festival is in the first week of September.
  • New Forest, on the other side of Southampton, is one of the nicest rural getaways in England.
  • Southampton is the largest city in Hampshire and Westquay is the South's premier shopping centre.
  • Isle of Wight is a genteel place reached by ferry, usually from Southampton.
  • Brighton - One direct train per hour takes 80 minutes to this buzzy resort.
  • Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands are reached by ferry from Portsmouth.
Routes through Portsmouth
Gosport  W Gosport Ferry (foot passengers only) E  END
END  N Wightlink car ferry S  Fishbourne (Isle of Wight)
END  N Condor Ferries S  Guernsey Saint Peter Port and Jersey Saint Helier
END  N Brittany Ferries S  France Le Havre, Ouistreham, Cherbourg and Saint Malo
END  N Brittany Ferries S  Spain Bilbao (summer only) and Santander
SouthamptonFareham  W  E  → merges with HavantBrighton
LondonPetersfield  N  S  merges with /

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