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History and culture

Portsmouth has a rich cultural offering waiting to be explored. From amazing museums to beautiful cathedrals, there is something to inspire and entertain everyone.
View of HMS Warrior beside Portsmouth Historic DockyardView of HMS Warrior beside Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Discover Royal Navy ships from the past as well as submarines from a time gone by. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a must-see attraction with legendary ships including HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. You can also explore the dockyard from the water on a harbour tour which is a fantastic way to see modern Royal Navy ships including HMS Queen Elizabeth when alongside Portsmouth Naval Base.

The Mary RoseThe Mary Rose

Mary Rose

The Mary Rose retells the Tudor story through ship’s artefacts and interactive displays inside a purpose-built museum which is located in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Nine galleries offer views of the ship, opportunities to take photos from the top deck and hands-on displays which detail Tudor technology and ingenuity. After 30 years of preservation the Mary Rose ship can now be seen from all angles like never before.

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Exhibits inside the D-Day Story museumExhibits inside the D-Day Story museum

D-Day Story, Portsmouth

The D-Day Story is the only museum in the UK dedicated to the Allied Invasion in June 1944. It tells the unique personal stories behind this epic event. The museum provides an engaging insight into the lives of those who took part in D-Day, whether they were individuals on the shore in Portsmouth, or those who went over to Normandy.

Image: The D-Day Story, Portsmouth

The main entrance of Southsea CastleThe main entrance of Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle

Built in 1544, Southsea Castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by King Henry VIII around England's coasts to protect the country from invaders. Over the centuries, Southsea Castle's defences were strengthened so that it could continue to protect Portsmouth. Visitors can still enter the tunnel and see how the castle would have been defended. Artillery, gun platforms and panoramic views from the top of the keep overlook the Isle of Wight and the Solent.

Exterior of the Charles Dickens BirthplaceExterior of the Charles Dickens Birthplace

Charles Dickens Birthplace

Well known author Charles Dickens calls Portsmouth his home. Known for classics including Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol and A Tale of Two Cities, the museum houses furniture, ceramics and decorations faithfully recreated in the Regency style of the time. The museum has been awarded national accreditation status by Arts Council England.

Other Historic and Cultural Attractions

Portsmouth has plenty to offer as you explore other historic and cultural attractions at your own pace.