There are tons of fun and interesting things to do around the city of Portsmouth. The top 10 things to do in Portsmouth shows you the best activities the Waterfront City has to offer. There's something to do for everyone ranging from arts and sightseeing to free music and great vantage points. When you visit Portsmouth, these 10 activities are not to be missed.
10. Visit Charles Dicken's Birthplace Museum
The small terraced house at 393 Old Commercial Road was the birthplace of Charles Dickens in 1812.
The house has been restored to reflect the Regency Style which was prevalent in 1809, when Dickens' parents John and Elizabeth first rented the house. Three of the rooms are now open to the public: the parlour, the dining room and the bedroom in which Dickens was born. In the exhibition room, you can find a number of memorabilia such as the couch on which he died, his inkwell and paper knife.
There are also regular readings of Charles Dickens' works, particularly favoured by fans of culture and literature.
9. Visit Spice Island
Spice Island was once a major port, so called for its import of spices from around the world. The area
8. Visit The City Museum
The City Museum lets you follow in Sherlock Holmes footsteps with its interactive exhibition "A
If history sparks your interest then the City Museum has just the thing for you. The museum boosts a large permanent exhibition on the life and hobbies of Portsmouth's inhabitants ranging from the 17th century to present.
For those who like art, the museum boasts a large Fine and Decorative Art Gallery featuring art from the 17th century onwards. And the Portsmouth Picture Gallery has an impressive collection of paintings, prints and drawings of the area.
7. Follow the Renaissance Trail
Marked by a chain effect paving, the Renaissance Trail guides you through Old Portsmouth and along
6. Visit Southsea Castle
The fort built in 1544 by King Henry VIII to protect the city from invaders is located right at the
The castle has free entry so why not go down the tunnel to see how the castle would have been defended against invaders, or head to the top of the keep for a unique view of the Isle of Wight.
5. Shopping at Gunwharf Quays
With over 90 designer outlets, 30 bars and restaurants, a cinema, bowling centre and comedy club,
4. Visit Portsdown Hill
This 120 metres high chalk escarpment forms the northern border of Portsmouth. This Site of Specific Scientific Interest doesn't only offer spectacular views of the city; it also offers the opportunity to spot some rare butterfly varieties such as the Chalkhill Blue and the Small Blue. The site is also perfect for seeing wild orchids, birds and spiders (over 29 species have been recorded so far).
3. Enjoy free music at the Bandstand
Located at the seafront, just next to Southsea Castle, the Southsea bandstand is the place to be on a
2. Visit the Historic Dockyard
As you step through the gates of the Historic Dockyard, you'll truely take a step back in time. You'll
1. Climb the Spinnaker Tower
Portsmouth's newest landmark, the Spinnaker Tower, has quickly become a national icon, offering
These are just 10 of the top things to do in Portsmouth. However, there are so many more things the Waterfront City has to offer such as the Eastney steam engine, D-Day Museum, Commercial Road and Cascades Shopping Centre, Albert Road and Guildhall Walk. There are plenty of exciting things to see and do here in Portsmouth.