You’ll find plenty of things to do in Portsmouth, whatever the weather. Visit top attractions like Portsmouth Historic Dockyard or experience its top-rated activities like seeing the views of this port city from the top of the Spinnaker Tower. Bargain hunters won’t want to miss shopping in Portsmouth while couples and families alike can enjoy Portsmouth's culture. Check out the best places to eat in Portsmouth and get a taste of the local food, before experiencing some exciting Portsmouth nightlife. Plus, getting around Portsmouth couldn't be easier, however you choose to travel. In the evenings, you can rest easy knowing you've enjoyed all of Portsmouth's entertainment before heading back to your hotel in Portsmouth for a great night’s sleep on a super comfy bed.
Getting around Portsmouth
At just 20 miles away, Southampton Airport is a great way to fly in and out of the region. A 20-minute drive, an hour via the Megabus or around 80 minutes on the train, changing at Eastleigh, the airport is well connected with Portsmouth. Check out our hotels near Southampton Airport to make your connection even easier. One of the top 20 UK airports, it is serviced by FlyBe, easyJet and KLM with domestic flights across Great Britain and seasonal flights to Geneva, Spain, France and more.
Portsmouth & Southsea
Ranging from quick 45-minute crossings to 11-hour journeys, taking a ferry from Portsmouth can take you to a variety of mainland Europe destinations including Caen, Cherbourg and St. Malo. Alternatively, the Portsmouth Harbour ferry port runs 24 crossings a day to Ryde on the Isle of Wight, with each journey taking around 25 minutes. Brittany Ferries, Condor and Wightlink are the main ferry operators, with most ferries offering a range of food and drink outlets, shops, entertainment and cabins.
Located next to the harbour train station, the newly opened Hard Interchange Bus and Coach Station connects Portsmouth with the rest of Hampshire and beyond, with National Express, First Bus, Stagecoach and Megabus operating regular services throughout the week.
If you want to drive into town, but don’t want the hassle of parking, Portsmouth has a popular Park & Ride scheme on the M275 at Junction 1. Running every 10 minutes at peak times, it has stops across the city including the university, the Hard Interchange and the city centre.
The main train terminal for the city, Portsmouth & Southsea Railway Station is less than a minute’s walk from our City Centre hotel, making it perfect for those travelling by train. The four-platform station has regular connecting services to Cardiff, Bristol, Gatwick and London and welcomes more than two million passengers each year. The station has a café and toilets while the Cascades Shopping Centre is over the road and has plenty of shops and cafés to stock up on supplies.
A 15-minute walk away, the Portsmouth Harbour Railway Station is a great travel hub as it’s next to Gunwharf Quays and the Historic Dockyard, close to the Hard Interchange Bus Station and offers direct access to the ferry terminal. The station has a shop, café and toilets and runs regular services to Brighton, London Victoria, Bristol, Cardiff and more.