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The UK’s only island city, Portsmouth is a port city steeped in history, with the navy and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard at the centre of it.  Easily accessible from London, the South and further afield, it is perfect for a day trip or a weekend break.  Portsmouth has much to offer from world class attractions, great shopping, costal walks and plethora of bars and restaurants.  Southsea is home to the city’s buzzing independent scene, where visitors can find plenty of unique offerings. 

Portsmouth is host to some amazing activities such as the Kite Festival, Portsmouth Comic Con and Victorious Festival.  The city has a great catalogue of all year-round events, why not tie this in with a visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard?


Queens Hotel – The hotel at the heart of Southsea

The Queens Hotel sits on the edge of Southsea Common just a few minutes’ walk from the beach, and is within walking distance of the D-Day Museum and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

At the Queens Hotel, you will find newly refurbished rooms, many with spectacular panoramic views over The Solent. The rooms are striking, full of personality and with an air of elegance. Comfort is key, with big comfy beds and gorgeous bathrooms, helping to make your stay truly memorable.

Originally built in 1861 by Augustus Livesay, Southsea House was first constructed as a large private home for Sir John and Lady Morris.  The current owners took over in April 2017 and commenced a painstaking, multi-million-pound restoration and redevelopment of the hotel to return her to her former glory.

For latest news on offers and updates, please visit www.queenshotelportsmouth.com

Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth – Gunwharf Quays, an IHG Hotel

With a stay at Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth – Gunwharf Quays, an IHG Hotel in Portsmouth, you’ll be near the beach, just a 1-minute walk from Gunwharf Quays and 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from HMS Warrior and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.  Make yourself at home in one of the 130 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Make use of convenient amenities, which include complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services. Wrap up your day after exploring the attractions with a drink at the bar & lounge. A complimentary continental breakfast is also served daily so you are ready for another day out!  A great budget friendly option which makes a great base to explore the many things on offer on its doorstep during your stay. 


Wagamama’s – Gunwharf Quays

From bowl to soul – Wagamama’s is the eating place for the soul!  Inspired by Japanese ramen bars and a celebration of Asian food, their recipes are created to make you feel rejuvenated and satisfied. A base of noodles or rice to give you energy, topped with quality protein and good fats to sustain you. With an abundance of fresh crunchy vegetables to nourish you and finally, spices, sauces and steaming broths to ignite your tastebuds. There are also desserts, fresh juices, hot drinks, wine, sake and expertly crafted Asian beers too. Simple balanced soul food is made freshly every day in their open kitchens – and you can claim 10% off with a valid Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ticket! 


Spinnaker Tower

Take the high speed lift to view deck at 100 metres, where you’ll experience the South Coast’s most spectacular view, or dare are to cross the amazing glass Sky Walk.  Located on view deck one and offering views straight down to the harbour 100 metres below! Finally, the highest viewing platform, the Sky Garden is open to the elements, so you can feel the breeze and breathe in the fresh sea air from high above the hustle and bustle down below.  More information can be found here: Spinnaker Tower

Gunwharf Quays

Uniquely positioned in a cultural harbour front location in the heart of Portsmouth, Gunwharf Quays is the South’s leading designer shopping outlet. Boasting over 90 brands offering up to 60% off original retail prices and over 30 restaurants, bars and coffee shops, Gunwharf Quays is a unique and vibrant shopping and leisure destination.

Set right on the beautiful Solent waterfront, it is the ideal place to explore, shop, dine and take in the exciting sights of this historic coastal city. Discover more at Gunwharf Quays here: Gunwharf Quays Designer Outlet | Homepage (gunwharf-quays.com)

D-Day Story

The focus of The D-Day Story is the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany occupation. It is told using the personal possessions and words of the people who took part.

Stunning imagery, audio-visual presentations, authentic vehicles and hands-on interactives help to bring the story to life.

Based on ordinary people working together to achieve the extraordinary, The D-Day Story features the experiences of men, women and children.  Find out more here: theddaystory.com


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The Dockyard offers a selection of shops and a variety of food and drink locations, including picnic areas