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 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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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.
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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.
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.
St John's R.C. Cathedral
Located at the heart of the city, St John's RC Cathedral is a beautiful building to visit and explore.
St Thomas' Anglican Cathedral
This cathedral can be found in the picturesque Old Portsmouth, with history dating back to the 12th century.
Portsmouth's museums cover a wide range of topics, subjects and themes, including the city's literary heritage, maritime history and social history.
The Hotwalls Studios
Situated in Old Portsmouth this is a thriving arts hub. The arches at Point Battery have been transformed into sleek and modern studios with open access to visitors.
The Aspex Gallery
Located in Gunwharf Quays, it offers an outstanding exhibition programme featuring works by contemporary artists from around the world.
Portsmouth Museum Art Gallery
This fine and decorative art gallery has changing displays mixing paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, furniture and textiles from over 500 years of artistic creation.
The Kings Theatre
Situated in Southsea, this is one of the most complete Matcham Theatres in the country and plays host to a touring West End productions and a varied programme of opera, ballet, drama and music.
The New Theatre Royal
This is a majestic venue in the heart of the city, home to cutting edge dance, theatre, drama, music and comedy.