Experience the best of the best with this Top 8 list of things to do and see in Portsmouth.
Walk through history and see Olde Towne’s origins and it’s continued evolution.
Plan for your visit and explore Portsmouth with the Visitor Directory.
Like Portsmouth, Virginia, Portsmouth England is a waterfront city. We’ve shared a “twinning” or sister city relationship for many years. Representatives from both our cities made the trip across the Atlantic on several occasions to exchange ideas, learn from one another, and enjoy the other’s hospitality. Learn more about Portsmouth in the UK!
With a perfect location on England’s south coast, Portsmouth is home to world-class attractions, fabulous shopping, amazing events and a fantastic cultural and creative offer. Add to this an array of evening entertainment, mouth-watering food and great places to stay, and you can see why Portsmouth is perfect for a city break or longer holiday.
A visit to the iconic Spinnaker Tower is a must; enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views across Portsmouth and beyond. Stay on the waterfront with a visit to Gunwharf Quays to shop at over 90 premium designer outlets and eat at one of 30 cosmopolitan bars and restaurants.
A short walk takes you to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home to the finest maritime heritage in the world, including the historic ships HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, Mary Rose and M.33, along with the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Stroll through the cobbled streets of Old Portsmouth and walk along the waterfront to Southsea where you will find miles of beach and seafront attractions. Visit Henry VIII’s castle and The D-Day Story museum.
Portsmouth has great literary connections. Discover more about the city’s Sherlock Holmes connection at Portsmouth Museum and visit the birthplace of the great author, Charles Dickens.
Check out these photos of our original Sister City!