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Portsmouth

Whether it’s Britain’s naval history, the premier outlet shopping or a big event that’s drawing you to Portsmouth, Southern’s trains can get you there.

Southern’s direct trains from London Victoria will get you to Portsmouth in about 2 hours. Or if you’re coming from Brighton, you can enjoy direct service on the Coastway West line in an hour and 20 minutes.

We serve both Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth & Southsea stations. Headed to the Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays shopping or the Spinnaker Tower? You’ll want Portsmouth Harbour Station.

For St. John’s Cathedral, the Guildhall and the City Centre, the best stop is Portsmouth & Southsea.

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Things to do in Portsmouth

The best of our naval history

Portsmouth’s most famous calling card is its naval heritage. From Portsmouth Harbour station, look across the water to see The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The site is home to many icons from history – the Mary Rose, HMS Victory and the HMS Warrior 1860 – and the entrance is 6 minutes on foot from the station.

And if you’re still craving more military history, the Royal Marines Museum is just across the road from the dockyards.

Enjoy designer outlet shopping

Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays is the South Coast’s most talked about shopping centre. And it’s directly across the street from the Portsmouth Harbour Station.

Though set in the historic dockyards, Gunwharf Quays is home to over 90 designer outlets, 30 bars and restaurants, a cinema and more.

You won’t be able to miss the Spinnaker Tower towering over the shopping centre. Head up 170-metres for views of the South Coast. And if your nerves are up to the challenge, you can also tiptoe across the glass-bottomed Sky Walk.

Explore our naval history

Portsmouth’s most famous calling card is its naval heritage. The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to many icons from history – the Mary Rose, HMS Victory and the HMS Warrior 1860.

And if that doesn’t satisfy your appetite for history, there’s also the D-Day Museum and the Royal Marines Museum.

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Enjoy designer outlet shopping

Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays is the South Coast’s most talked about shopping centre. Though set in the historic dockyards, it’s home to over 90 designer outlets, 30 bars and restaurants, a cinema and more.

And if you get a bit of retail burnout, just refresh yourself with the spectacular views across the harbour.

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Modern attractions

The Spinnaker Tower – just a minute’s walk from Portsmouth Harbour station – is one of Portsmouth’s must-dos. Climb the 170 metres for views of the South Coast and tiptoe across the glass-bottomed Sky Walk.

For another taste of modernity, head to Aspex, a gallery hosting contemporary art, films and a full programme of events.

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Food and drink

The Gunwharf Quays shopping centre has plenty of dining options within just a few minutes’ walk of Portsmouth Harbour station. The Port Solent Marina also has 17 bars and restaurants, all right along the waterfront.

And as you might expect from a naval town, there is no shortage of watering holes.

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Getting to Portsmouth

We run direct trains from London Victoria to Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth and Southsea stations. Or if you are coming from Brighton, you can enjoy our direct service on the Coastway West line.

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You can buy tickets online and collect them from the ticket machine before you travel. You can also buy them at the station from a ticket machine or staffed ticket office.