Holidays in Portsmouth Hampshire & the Isle of Wight
Holiday Guide to Places to Stay & Things To Do in Portsmouth

For a holiday, short break or day visit Portsmouth in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight has plenty to offer the visitor. You'll be spoilt for choice for attractions, activities and other things to do in and around this lovely visitor destination. Portsmouth and the surrounding area boasts a superb selection of hotels, Guest Houses for Bed and Breakfast, holiday parks and camp sites. You will also find plenty of self catering holiday cottages and apartments in and in the surrounding area of Hampshire & the Isle of Wight. To help plan your visit we also feature listings of things to do, restaurants and pubs in Portsmouth. To view the accommodation and other directories we offer just select from one of the links below. If you are planning on touring the area around Portsmouth take a look at the Hampshire & the Isle of Wight page where you will find more details of nearby places you may choose to visit on your holiday.



Portsmouth, Home to the Royal Navy For Over 500 Years ...

At the height of the spice trade, when its wharves and stores were thick with the aroma of exotic spices from the East, Old Portsmouth (named then 'Spice Island') was a place of dread and danger. Throughout Europe it was infamous for its hundreds of pubs and brothels. To defend the entrance to the Portsmouth Harbour Henry V in around 1417 ordered the building of the Round Tower. The Square Tower dates from the time of Henry VII, and was originally the official residence of the town's military governor. It later became Portsmouth's main powder magazine and in 1642, during the civil war, Governor Goring, who was loyal to the king, surrendered Portsmouth to Commonwealth troops. In order to defend the five thousand barrels of gunpowder stored inside he hurled the keys into the sea. Both Towers have become the traditional points for farewells as warships and merchantmen ease through the narrow harbour entrance. The Round Tower is such a popular vantage point that a view finder has been installed to help visitors identify landmarks.

In 1545 Henry VIII's flagship the 'Mary Rose' sank before his eyes in Portsmouth Harbour on its way to fight the French. It was recovered from the seabed in 1982 and now you can see her for yourself at the Historic Dockyard as well as HMS Victory the flagship of Lord Nelson, see the actual spot where Nelson died. The Dockyard is also home to HMS Warrior, The Royal Naval Museum, and the Dockyard Apprentice Exhibition. Portsmouth is crammed full of maritime history and also hosts International Maritime Events.

After dark you can set the night alight, choose from lively bars, live music, night-clubs or world class restaurants. The New Theatre Royal hosts everything from drama to jazz evenings and boasts one of the most beautiful auditoriums in the country. Or perhaps see a movie at the 14 screen multiplex cinema. If you wish to take off to the shops there's a whole variety to choose from.

Accommodation in Portsmouth is plentiful, choose from a 4 star hotel, a friendly guest house, a cosy pub or self-catering apartment. Visit the Isle of Wight from Portsmouth Harbour either on the Wightlink catamaran or car ferry. Go for just the day and be tempted to stay longer. For those wanting to enjoy all the fun of a seaside holiday whilst keeping Portsmouth's historic and cultural attractions near at hand plenty of accommodation is to be found Southsea, Portsmouth's resort area.

Use the map of Portsmouth below to zoom in or out to view directions or click the satellite button for an aerial view. For a larger version of this Portsmouth map Click Here.

Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

HMS Victory, Portsmouth
HMS Victory, Portsmouth

CLICK TO VIEW: Slideshow of views from top of Spinnaker Tower Portsmouth
Spinnaker Tower Portsmouth

IOW Ferry Leaving Portsmouth
IOW Ferry Leaving Portsmouth

Portchester Castle, Portsmouth
Portchester Castle, Portsmouth

Portsmouth Cathedral
Portsmouth Cathedral

HMS Warrior, Portsmouth
HMS Warrior, Portsmouth



We hope that you will find our guide useful in planning your short break or holiday in Portsmouth, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight. If you are not able to find the type of accomodation that suites you try visiting the Hampshire & the Isle of Wight holiday guide. Here you will find links to the visitor guides of other places in the area where you will also find plenty of accommodation and activity information.

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