7 Things to do in Portsmouth UK

As a result of Portsmouth’s majestic natural harbour and it being the principal base of the Royal Navy, many of the city’s most popular tourist attractions are related to naval history, particularly around the spectacular harbour area itself. They are featured in our guide of what to do when visiting Portsmouth below:

1. HMS Victory

Location: HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

Lord Nelson’s famous flagship, built in 1765, the magnificent 197-foot-long HMS Victory – along with its five decks and 104 cannons – has been beautifully restored to its former glory for visitors to roam. Nelson was fatally wounded and died aboard his legendary ship, barely 20 minutes after he’d penetrated the French lines in his hour of victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

2. Royal Naval Museum

Location: HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

The Royal Naval Museum is where you’ll find numerous mementos relating to Nelson and seafaring in the 18th century. This includes a magnificent 46-foot panoramic painting by William Lionel Wyllie outlining the course of the battle.

3. The Mary Rose

Location: HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

The famed Mary Rose, part of Henry VIII’s fleet, is a ship of great historical interest. In addition to seeing the dried and preserved formidable hull up close, visitors can explore displays of more than 26,000 rare artifacts discovered in the wreck.

4. HMS Warrior

Location: HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

HMS Warrior finally returned to Portsmouth in June 1987, after eight years of restoration work. Now a floating museum, HMS Warrior is a delight to explore. The visit includes seeing the restored crew quarters, including the Captain and officers’ areas, along with displays portraying the often difficult life at sea. Launched in 1860 and one of the world’s first iron-hulled warships, this 418-foot-long, 9,700-ton vessel ranked as one of the best-equipped and biggest vessels of its time.

5. Spinnaker Tower

Location: Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

This tourist attraction soars nearly 560 feet above the Solent and offers wonderful panoramic views of the city and its spectacular harbour, as well as the south coast and the Isle of Wight. A great tourist attraction to explore at any time of the year and with a partial glass floor, you’ll feel as though you’re walking on air.

6. Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum

Address: 393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth

The Museum consists of the house where the great novelist was born in 1812, as well as many fine examples of Regency furniture that once belonged to his family. Among the memorabilia are copies of his novels, manuscripts and his deathbed.

7. Exciting Escapes

Address: 48 London Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire. PO2 0LN


An Escape Room is an hour-long adventure with your friends, your family or perhaps your work-mates. You play as a team and have to find clues, solve puzzles, and complete challenges to finish your mission in 60 minutes!

You don’t need to know exactly how escape rooms work before you arrive. One of the team will greet you upon arrival, take you through the game, and be on hand throughout to assist you. If you’re looking for something fun, different, and satisfyingly challenging then this is for you!

With an abundance of history and quirky attractions to choose from , Portsmouth is a real surprise when it comes to keeping visitors busy!

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