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  • Spinnaker Tower

    Spinnaker Tower

    Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben and has already established itself as a national icon for Britain.

    A world class visitor attraction, the much-admired, elegant viewing tower offers amazing 350º panoramic views of Portsmouth Harbour, the south coast and the Isle of Wight.

     

  • Historic Dockyard

    Historic Dockyard

    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to three of the most important ships ever built – Henry VIII's favourite warship Mary Rose, Nelson's flagship HMS Victory and the pride of Queen Victoria's Navy, HMS Warrior 1860.

    They are set alongside the National Museum of the Royal Navy, one of the country's leading maritime museums, and the hi-tech, modern Navy showcase Action Stations.

     

  • Southsea

    Southsea

    Award-winning beaches, delightful specialist shops and a range of tourist attractions including museums and the amazing Blue Reef Aquarium set Southsea apart.

     

 

Shopping

  • Gunwharf Quays

    Gunwharf Quays

    Landscaped in a historic waterfront setting, with the famous Dockyard and Old Portsmouth only a short walk away, Gunwharf Quays is where old and new come together.  Shop at over 95 designer outlets, eat at one of 30 cosmopolitan bars and restaurants and enjoy a range of entertainments.

     

  • Waterlooville

    Waterlooville town centre

    With a vibrant traditional street market every Friday in the town’s thriving pedestrianised precinct, there’s plenty to stop off for in Waterlooville. Larger stores like Waitrose and Asda can be found in the nearby town centre retail park, while the precinct is packed with smaller independent shops.

     

  • Cascades

    Cascades Shopping Centre

    With a wide range of high street and specialist shops in a bright, airy mall that leads straight out onto the city centre’s traditional pedestrianised shopping district, Cascades is the ideal retail venue at the heart of Portsmouth.

     

 

Nights out

  • Gunwharf Quays

    Gunwharf Quays

    Landscaped in a historic waterfront setting, with the famous Dockyard and Old Portsmouth only a short walk away, Gunwharf Quays is where old and new come together.  Shop at over 95 designer outlets, eat at one of 30 cosmopolitan bars and restaurants and enjoy a range of entertainments.

     

  • Port Solent

    Port Solent marina

    Shops, restaurants and entertainment in a laid-back, Mediterranean-style, waterfront setting.

     

  • New Theatre Royal

    New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

    The New Theatre Royal is Portsmouth’s friendliest arts venue in the heart of the city, bringing you cutting edge dance, theatre, drama, music, children’s shows and comedy.  Recently rescued after years of neglect, this Victorian masterpiece is a real gem.

    Photograph: Philip Woolway