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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Portsmouth

Fascinated by the sea? Explore dozens of fun things to do in Portsmouth, from popular landmarks to quirky family attractions perfect for marine lovers of all ages. We’ve got all the ideas you need for a great family day out! 


Portsmouth is a coastal city with stunning views to offer and the best way to see them is going to the top of the Spinnaker Tower. With an eagle-eye view stretching out for up to 23 miles and a glass Sky Walk under your feet, this is an exciting experience both for locals and visitors alike. 


When we said there were lots of great things to do in Portsmouth for marine lovers we weren’t exaggerating and here’s why. Portsmouth is home to HMS Victory, as well as The Mary Rose Museum - an immersive experience which will make you and your little explorers feel as if you’re on board the sunken ship. You can even meet the crew!


Another one of our favourite family attractions in Portsmouth is Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, it features an action-packed pirate exhibition. What more do you need to get the kids excited? Plus, it was ranked amongst the best things to do in Hampshire by our trusted explorer Kara, mum of six.


If water is your element, dive into the fun at The Pyramids Centre - a splash-tacular indoor water play heaven. Don’t want to get wet but still be surrounded by water? Meet the wonderful underwater creatures at Blue Reef Aquarium. A tip from us - they've got great events too! 

  1. Some people racing at TeamSport Indoor Karting in Gosport Top Pick

    TeamSport Indoor Karting Gosport


    Go Karting and DrivingGo 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...

    Suitable for 9+ Indoor 4.6 miles from Portsmouth
  2. Indoor tennis courts at Portsmouth Indoor Tennis Centre

    Portsmouth Indoor Tennis Centre


    Activity CentresActivity Centres

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

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 0.3 miles from Portsmouth
  3. Outside view of Portsmouth City Museum

    Portsmouth City Museum


    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.5 miles from Portsmouth
  4. Kids looking for clues on Treasure Trail

    The Portsmouth Mystery Treasure Trail


    Tourist AttractionsTourist 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor 0.6 miles from Portsmouth
  5. Hollywood Bowl Portsmouth (Gunwharf Quays)

    Hollywood Bowl Portsmouth (Gunwharf Quays)


    Ten Pin Bowling AlleysTen 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 0.7 miles from Portsmouth
  6. Vue cinema screen. Source: PinkNews

    Vue Portsmouth


    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas 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’...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.7 miles from Portsmouth
  7. Boats docking at Miniport at Gunwharf Guays in Portsmouth

    Miniport at Gunwharf Quays


    Railway and Transport AttractionsRailway 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...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 0.7 miles from Portsmouth
  8. Girl playing laser tag at Laser Quest Portsmouth

    Laser Quest Portsmouth


    Laser TagLaser 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...

    Suitable for 9+ Indoor 0.7 miles from Portsmouth
  9. Outside view of Action Stations in Portsmouth

    Action Stations



    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...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 0.7 miles from Portsmouth
  10. HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard


    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor, Outdoor 0.7 miles from Portsmouth
  11. Kids on boat at Miniport Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

    Miniport Portsmouth Historic Dockyard


    Activity CentresActivity 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...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 0.7 miles from Portsmouth
  12. Emirates spinnaker tower on Curious About Portsmouth trail

    Curious About Portsmouth


    Tourist AttractionsTourist 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...

    Suitable for 9+ Outdoor 0.7 miles from Portsmouth
  13. Family on glass floored platform at Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth

    Spinnaker Tower



    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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.8 miles from Portsmouth
  14. Tour bus at Local Haunts Portsmouth

    Local Haunts Portsmouth


    Tours and River CruisesTours 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,...

    Suitable for 9+ Indoor, Outdoor 0.8 miles from Portsmouth
  15. The Mary Rose

    The Mary Rose


    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 0.9 miles from Portsmouth
  16. People flying kites at Clarence Pier in Portsmouth

    Clarence Pier



    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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor 0.9 miles from Portsmouth
  17. Aerial view of Clarence Pier Funfair and Pirate Pete's Indoor Play in Portsmouth

    Pirate Pete's Indoor Play


    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor 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...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 0.9 miles from Portsmouth
  18. Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth

    Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth



    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...

    3 star rating Rating 3/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor 1.1 miles from Portsmouth
  19. Ramps at Southsea Skatepark

    Southsea Skatepark


    Activity CentresActivity 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor 1.2 miles from Portsmouth
  20. Outside view of D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery in Southsea

    D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery


    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    Suitable for 4-12 Indoor 1.2 miles from Portsmouth

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