First Time Tourists Guide in Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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Situated on the south-east coast of Hampshire, Portsmouth is a port city in England

The city is best known for the British naval history

For tourism, visitors can enjoy the beachfront view from the famous Spinnaker Tower

You can also explore the International maritime history in the museums

For foodies, it's a must to have a culinary tour of the seafood restaurants

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SIGHTSEEING

Visit Southsea Castle and have a sightseeing view of King Henry VIII's moated castle. Once being the city's defense in Roman times, this castle is located on the ocean side of the city serving you the best sea view. If you come to the castle in sunset time, you will see the beautiful view of the blue ocean and orange sky.

Southsea Castle

Naval and archaeological exhibits plus interactive schools' tours in Henry VIII's moated castle

Address : Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3PA, United Kingdom

DOWNTOWN

Overviewing beachfront, the city downtown offers a complete trip package for you. You can find many kinds of seafood restaurants and beachfront hotels in downtown. Not far from the downtown, you can find Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum. Now an open public museum, this museum is where the famous writer Charles Dickens was born. Note that this museum is only open for the public from April to September.

Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

The house where Dickens was born, furnished in Regency style and open from March to September

Address : 393 Old Commercial Rd, Portsmouth PO1 4QL, United Kingdom

SHOPPING

Gunwharf Quays offers more than 90 shopping stores along the district. You can find a wide range of fashion and lifestyle in the area. Have a wonderful window shopping with the view of lovely stores and a blue ocean.

Gunwharf Quays

Modern mall with stores including designer fashion retailers, plus bars, cafes and restaurants

Address : Portsmouth PO1 3TZ, United Kingdom

FOOD & DRINK

The port city of Portsmouth is known for fresh seafood. Do you know that fish and chips come from England? Yes, it is! Though it is sold in every corner of the world, it's still worthy to taste the famous dish from the origin. The dish is available in seafood restaurants in the city. Have a glass of local beer to complete the dish.

CULTURE

Portsmouth is a city full of history and culture. The city has a typical British culture dominated by Christian. You can see its influences on every corner of the historical sites.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Summer is the most comfortable time to have an outdoor trip to Portsmouth. In around April to December, the city has the warmest weather. Thus, you will see the clearest sky view in every step of your traveling.

HOTEL

Choose a hotel with the best deal of price and accommodation as well as the facility. Here are the recommended hotels to stay in Portsmouth. Seacrest Hotel is a sophisticated hotel located only 5 minutes from Southsea Castle. Every room in the hotel is featured with smart TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, and coffeemaking equipment overlooking the seafront. And, for your luxury stay recommendation in the city, Best Western Royal Beach Hotel can be one of your options. This beachfront hotel is located only 3 miles from the Mary Rose Museum and 2 miles from Spinnaker Tower. Every room in the hotel is decorated in warm tones and featured with flatscreen TV, free Wi-Fi, suite bathrooms, and some has a beach view.

Seacrest Hotel

You’ll find everything you need plus, in their sea-facing rooms, a lovely view

Address : 12 S Parade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 2JB, United Kingdom

Best Western Royal Beach Hotel

Picture yourself in a wonderful Victorian hotel enjoying panoramic views over the Solent and here you have the Best Western Royal Beach Hotel Portsmouth

Address : St Helens Parade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO4 0RN, United Kingdom

RESTAURANT

As a port city, Portsmouth offers various tasty seafood restaurants to stop by. Algarve's Grill is where you can taste the fresh seafood cuisines in a classy atmosphere. But if you are looking for more than a seafood menu, The Fisherman's Kitchen is where you go. The restaurant not only has numerous seafood menu, but you can also try but it also serves some quick bites of fast foods. The fish and chips are the most recommended menu in the restaurant.

Algarve's Grill

Portuguese starters, tapas, steaks & seafood are featured with wines in comfy environs

Address : 48 Osborne Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3LT, United Kingdom

The Fisherman's Kitchen

Unfussy, blue-toned eatery offering British-style battered fish & chips alongside beer & wine

Address : 4 Clarendon Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 2EE, United Kingdom

CAFE

Have a cup of cold brew in Kaffee Vonsolln to boost up your mood and energy during your trip to Portsmouth. Serving more than coffee, you can also have some vegetarian foods in this small cafe. But, if you are looking for a cafe with pastries specialty, Casa de Castro should be on your top cafe list. Their cakes and pastries have never failed to satisfy the costumers' taste buds. With garden decored outdoor sitting, you can order their tasty cup of tea or coffee and munch your pastries while enjoying the green view of the cafe.

Kaffee Vonsolln

Snug, brick-lined hangout for choice coffee & homemade German pastries, plus cappuccino cocktails

Address : 79 Daniel St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, United States

Casa de Castro

A lovely coffee shop and patisserie run by a Franco-Brazilian couple that has build its strong reputation on the quality of its homemade cakes and savouries

Address : 96 Albert Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 2SN, United Kingdom

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

What kind of nightlife would you have in Portsmouth? If you want to watch the city's live art performance, Kings Theatre is where you should go. With 1500 seating, this the restored Edwardian theatre offers various live performances like music, dance, and musical dramas. But, if you are looking for a good place to have a refreshing drink, All Bar One Portsmouth is where you should go. The modern chain bar is located on the Gunwharf Quays. With the friendly vibe, the bar serving beer, cocktails, and wine to refresh your thirsty throat.

Kings Theatre

Restored Edwardian theatre with a 1500-seat auditorium, hosting popular drama, music and comedy

Address : 24 Albert Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 2QJ, United Kingdom

All Bar One Portsmouth

Modern chain bar serving beer, cocktails, wine and sharing plates to an after-work crowd

Address : Unit RO5A, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3TA, United Kingdom

INTERESTING PLACE

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard displays several historic buildings and ships. As the highlight of this historic dockyard, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860 are must-see places in the area. These famous ships are floating museums that are worth exploring. You can see the best-equipped vessel in these big ships. Also, you can see the real portrait of the seas through life in the museums. Another important and interesting part that displays maritime life is The Mary Rose Museum. This museum displays the favorite ship of King Henry VIII filled with a great historical sight. You can see more than 26,000 artifacts in the wreck complete with the personal belonging of the ship crew.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Nelson's HMS Victory plus HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose Museum, with simulators and harbour tours

Address : Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, H M Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ, United Kingdom

The Mary Rose Museum

The Mary Rose is just five minutes from Portsmouth Harbour, accessible by train and bus.

Address : Main Rd, H M Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3PY, United Kingdom

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Capture the city's harbor and Isle of Wight from the Spinnaker Tower. At the viewing deck, an interactive touchscreen system is available to give excellent information about the area using. But if you want to picture the historical sides of the city, you can go to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. Capture a vast exhibition museum that displays the history of international submarine development from the age of Alexander the Great until today. Indeed, it has various photogenic maritime collections to capture.

Spinnaker Tower

The Emirates Spinnaker Tower is a 170-metre (560 ft) landmark observation tower in Portsmouth, England.

Address : Portsmouth PO1 3TT, United Kingdom

the Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Waterfront collection of 3 submarines, science dsiplays and guided tours of HMS Alliance.

Address : Haslar, Jetty Road, Gosport PO12 2AS, United Kingdom