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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Portsmouth, Hampshire

Fascinated by the sea? Any boat or maritime lover will be happy with the great things to do in Portsmouth.

Walk through 800 years of British Naval history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Entry ticket includes the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, HMS Alliance and much more. See where Nelson celebrated the HMS victory and learn about how they built the ships and why they docked there.

If the museum has given you a taste for life at sea then go over to the Miniport Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for a ride in an electric powered ship. No ticket required, sail around this 70m square pond, surrounded by history of the seafarers that have come before you during Portsmouth family days out.

Back on dry land get the best view of the harbour from the top of the Spinnaker Tower. At 170 metres tall, you’ll feel like you’re floating above the world on the glass-bottomed deck. There’s also a café and an open air viewing deck right at the top for the very brave!

When your feet are finally back on the ground you can choose between the Blue Reef Aquarium where you can watch sharks swimming above your head and meet amazing animals, or take a trip to Portsmouth’s Natural History Museum, which tells the story of all the things that live along the riverbank.

Alternatively, continue your exploration into history and dive into the Royal Navy Submarine Museum to discover life beneath the waves!

Find your perfect day out

TeamSport Indoor Karting Gosport

  • Gosport
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

If you’re looking for a thrill, then TeamSport Indoor Karting Gosport packs an almighty punch that will have you and your kids racing to come back, e...

Portsmouth Indoor Tennis Centre

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Activity Centres

Portsmouth Indoor Tennis Centre is featuring Classes for toddlers through to 50+ with open coaching sessions, private coaching lessons, Junior classe...

Portsmouth City Museum5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Portsmouth City Museum is a great place for visitors to the city to get a good introduction to the city and also has events programmes for local resi...

The Portsmouth Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Portsmouth
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Portsmouth Mystery Treasure Trail is calling out for super sleuths! Are you and your band of detectives ready to crack the case? The key to ‘whod...

Hollywood Bowl Portsmouth (Gunwharf Quays)

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Bowling is a serious business so do it right at Hollywood Bowl Portsmouth. When we say right, we mean with arcade games and a healthy dose of ‘Pacman...

Vue Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Films were made to be seen on huge screens, so look no further for your ultimate film experience. Jump into movie magic at Vue Portsmouth, where you’...

Miniport at Gunwharf Quays

  • Portsmouth
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

The Miniport at Gunwharf Quays is your chance to captain your own motorised ship. After a short briefing you will put on a lifejacket, descend the st...

Laser Quest Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Laser Quest Portsmouth is the ultimate action packed sci fi adventure for all ages in this real life video game. Laser Tag is like a living computer...



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Action Stations

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

You're in for an action packed day at Action Stations! Take on the Climbing Tower, or if you're feeling brave the Rotating Climbing walls. Test your...

Curious About Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Explore Portsmouth in your own time, and depending on how many other distractions occur along the way! Can you resist the play boats or water balloon...

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

See some of the greatest ships from modern history, learn what life was like beneath the waves or become a ninja warrior, all at Portsmouth Historic...

Miniport Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

  • Portsmouth
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

The Miniport at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is your chance to take your whole family in a real, electric powered ship on the pond in the Dockyard. S...

Spinnaker Tower

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Landmarks

Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben. The three...

Local Haunts Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Local Haunts Portsmouth offers a fantastic chance to see the city from a new perspective, on board ‘Alf', a lovingly restored London Routemaster Bus,...

The Mary Rose

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Set sail over the stormy seas of time and arrive in 1545 at The Mary Rose. It’s a one-of-a-kind museum with immersive exhibitions, audio-visual displ...

Clarence Pier

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Landmarks

Inside and out, high and low, there's plenty to do at Clarence Pier! The Skytrail is an awesome aerial assault course with some 28 differing bravery...

Pirate Pete's Indoor Play

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Whatever the weather's doing, Pirate Pete's is a safe bet, with indoor and outdoor attractions and loads to do for all ages. The indoor adventure pla...

Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Aquariums

Go on a journey through local waters, home to native sharks, ray fish and dog fish to the more playful otters, or the incredible black tip reef shark...

Southsea Skatepark

  • Southsea
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

There's a certain excitement attached to Southsea Skatepark for skaters who know their stuff: build in the 1950s itâs almost certainly the oldest ska...

D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery

  • Southsea
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Portsmouth's D-Day Museum is Britain's only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944...

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