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Guidebook for Portsmouth

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Guidebook for Portsmouth

Food Scene
The Cream Tea Rooms
229 Albert Rd
Serves street food.
Need Street Food at The Merchant House
9 – 11 Highland Rd
Serves street food.
Turkish & Greek classic cuisine
Bodrum Restaurant
165-167 Albert Rd
Turkish & Greek classic cuisine
Drinks & Nightlife
The Golden Eagle
1 Delamere Rd
The Fawcett Inn
176 Fawcett Road
The Pyramids Centre is one of Portsmouth’s largest entertainment, leisure and event complexes, located just off Southsea Beach. An eclectic programme of live music, comedy, sporting events, conferences and exhibitions run at Portsmouth Pyramids
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Pyramids Centre
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The Pyramids Centre is one of Portsmouth’s largest entertainment, leisure and event complexes, located just off Southsea Beach. An eclectic programme of live music, comedy, sporting events, conferences and exhibitions run at Portsmouth Pyramids
You can dance the night away at many of the clubs and pubs across the city hosting top DJs and local legends! Guildhall Walk has a choice of fantastic clubs open until the early hours, and Albert Road has a wide range of pubs for all tastes.
Guildhall Walk
You can dance the night away at many of the clubs and pubs across the city hosting top DJs and local legends! Guildhall Walk has a choice of fantastic clubs open until the early hours, and Albert Road has a wide range of pubs for all tastes.
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The Wedgewood Rooms
147b Albert Road
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Sightseeing
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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Soaring nearly 560 feet above the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is a highlight of any visit to Portsmouth. Located on the waterfront at Gunwharf Quays, this tourist attraction offers wonderful panoramic views of the city and its spectacular harbor, as well as the south coast and the Isle of Wight.
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Spinnaker Tower
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Soaring nearly 560 feet above the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is a highlight of any visit to Portsmouth. Located on the waterfront at Gunwharf Quays, this tourist attraction offers wonderful panoramic views of the city and its spectacular harbor, as well as the south coast and the Isle of Wight.
Just across the water from Portsmouth in Gosport is the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. Highlights include Britain's first submarine, Holland I, launched in 1901, along with HMS Alliance, launched just after the close of WWII. Other notable displays include a German WWII-era mini submarine, an Italian human torpedo, along with weaponry and many other fascinating interactive exhibits dealing with life underwater in a submarine.
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The Royal Navy Submarine Museum
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Just across the water from Portsmouth in Gosport is the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. Highlights include Britain's first submarine, Holland I, launched in 1901, along with HMS Alliance, launched just after the close of WWII. Other notable displays include a German WWII-era mini submarine, an Italian human torpedo, along with weaponry and many other fascinating interactive exhibits dealing with life underwater in a submarine.
Round Tower
The Round Tower (1418) and the Square Tower (1494) have, for centuries, guarded the entrance to Portsmouth harbor. The Square Tower was originally the residence of the military governor, and is today used for functions and weddings. The interior of the Round Tower has been converted for use as an exhibition gallery, while its rooftop is open year-round and affords wonderful views over the city and harbor.
Square Tower
The Round Tower (1418) and the Square Tower (1494) have, for centuries, guarded the entrance to Portsmouth harbor. The Square Tower was originally the residence of the military governor, and is today used for functions and weddings. The interior of the Round Tower has been converted for use as an exhibition gallery, while its rooftop is open year-round and affords wonderful views over the city and harbor.
The foundation stone of Portsmouth Cathedral, formally known as the Cathedral Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury, was laid in 1185. The chancel and transepts date from Norman times, while the choir is in the late style of Sir Christopher Wren. A highlight is the south side aisle of the choir, dedicated to the Royal Navy and including mementos of the Mary Rose and Nelson's HMS Victory.
Portsmouth Cathedral
The foundation stone of Portsmouth Cathedral, formally known as the Cathedral Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury, was laid in 1185. The chancel and transepts date from Norman times, while the choir is in the late style of Sir Christopher Wren. A highlight is the south side aisle of the choir, dedicated to the Royal Navy and including mementos of the Mary Rose and Nelson's HMS Victory.
The Charles Dickens' Birthplace 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 manuscripts, copies of his novels, and his deathbed, brought here from his home in Gad's Hill Place, Kent. Guided walking tours of Dickens' favorite haunts are available, as are readings of his work.
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Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum
393 Old Commercial Rd
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The Charles Dickens' Birthplace 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 manuscripts, copies of his novels, and his deathbed, brought here from his home in Gad's Hill Place, Kent. Guided walking tours of Dickens' favorite haunts are available, as are readings of his work.
The Victorian-era Portsmouth City Museum is worth visiting for its extensive collections of art and craftwork. Another big draw is the museum's large collection of material related to Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the hugely popular Sherlock Holmes character. Highlights include details of the author's early life as a doctor in Portsmouth, along with exhibits pertaining to the many incarnations of Sherlock in film and theater. Also of interest is a permanent exhibition dealing with the story of the city, portraying daily life from the 17th century onwards through models, regalia, photos, and videos.
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Portsmouth Museum
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The Victorian-era Portsmouth City Museum is worth visiting for its extensive collections of art and craftwork. Another big draw is the museum's large collection of material related to Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the hugely popular Sherlock Holmes character. Highlights include details of the author's early life as a doctor in Portsmouth, along with exhibits pertaining to the many incarnations of Sherlock in film and theater. Also of interest is a permanent exhibition dealing with the story of the city, portraying daily life from the 17th century onwards through models, regalia, photos, and videos.
The excellent D-Day Museum houses numerous fascinating displays relating to the allied invasion of France's Normandy coastline in 1944. Highlights include weaponry and vehicles used during the invasion, along with immersive displays that include the sights and sounds of the battle and the long preparation leading up to it. The museum also houses the Overlord Embroidery, a 27-foot-long tapestry (the world's largest) that encapsulates the key moments of this turning point of WWII. The nearby Blue Reef Aquarium presents displays of the mysteries of the underwater world.
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D-Day Museum
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The excellent D-Day Museum houses numerous fascinating displays relating to the allied invasion of France's Normandy coastline in 1944. Highlights include weaponry and vehicles used during the invasion, along with immersive displays that include the sights and sounds of the battle and the long preparation leading up to it. The museum also houses the Overlord Embroidery, a 27-foot-long tapestry (the world's largest) that encapsulates the key moments of this turning point of WWII. The nearby Blue Reef Aquarium presents displays of the mysteries of the underwater world.
Parks & Nature
Southsea is a popular suburb of Portsmouth and boasts a lovely three-mile-long promenade offering excellent views across to the Isle of Wight. It was in fact here that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle practiced as a doctor when he wrote his first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet.
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Southsea
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Southsea is a popular suburb of Portsmouth and boasts a lovely three-mile-long promenade offering excellent views across to the Isle of Wight. It was in fact here that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle practiced as a doctor when he wrote his first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet.
Arts & Culture
The Hotwalls Studios brings local artists, designers and makers together, in an exceptional heritage location. From these newly renovated studios, some of Portsmouth's finest creatives can start and grow their ventures in an environment of mutual support, creativity and innovation.
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The Hotwalls Studios
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The Hotwalls Studios brings local artists, designers and makers together, in an exceptional heritage location. From these newly renovated studios, some of Portsmouth's finest creatives can start and grow their ventures in an environment of mutual support, creativity and innovation.
Kings Theatre
New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
20-24 Guildhall Walk
Gallery offering an outstanding exhibition programme featuring works by contemporary artists from around the world. Showcasing the latest in contemporary art, Aspex is also a great place to see Portsmouth’s freshest artistic talent.
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Aspex gallery
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Gallery offering an outstanding exhibition programme featuring works by contemporary artists from around the world. Showcasing the latest in contemporary art, Aspex is also a great place to see Portsmouth’s freshest artistic talent.
Shopping
Gunwharf Quays is home to over 90 premium retail outlet stores offering up to 60% off RRP. If you love to shop then there really is no better place than Gunwharf Quays; with famous brands including Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Spade, Coach, Yankee Candle, Rituals, Hugo Boss, Mint Velvet and Joules. And when it’s time to relax you’ll find an array of bars, coffee shops and restaurants to tempt you from around the world, whether that's mouth-watering French cuisine at Brasserie Blanc, fresh seafood at Loch Fyne, a host of fine Italian dishes to choose from at Carluccio’s, or one of the many others.
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Gunwharf Quays
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Gunwharf Quays is home to over 90 premium retail outlet stores offering up to 60% off RRP. If you love to shop then there really is no better place than Gunwharf Quays; with famous brands including Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Spade, Coach, Yankee Candle, Rituals, Hugo Boss, Mint Velvet and Joules. And when it’s time to relax you’ll find an array of bars, coffee shops and restaurants to tempt you from around the world, whether that's mouth-watering French cuisine at Brasserie Blanc, fresh seafood at Loch Fyne, a host of fine Italian dishes to choose from at Carluccio’s, or one of the many others.
Cascades Shopping Centre
Essentials
The Co-operative Food
Tesco Superstore
Asda Portsmouth Superstore
Sainsbury's
315 Commercial Rd
Lidl
ALDI
1 Gamble Rd