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

Located on the south coast, Portsmouth is renowned for its unique maritime heritage. This famous port city is steeped in naval history and culture, with attractions such as the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the HMS Victory and the Historic Dockyard waiting to be explored.

There are many more things to do in Portsmouth after you’ve immersed yourself in naval history: take a stroll along the seafront, head to the top of the Spinnaker Tower or enjoy some retail therapy at some of the brilliant designer outlets. There really is something for everyone in this fantastic city.

If you’re planning a trip here, let us take the hassle out of your journey. We make getting to Portsmouth simple, so you can spend more time planning your activities and less time worrying about travel. Read on to find out more about Portsmouth days out and how to get there.

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Getting to Portsmouth

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

We serve both Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth & Southsea stations. If you’re 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.

Plus, there are a variety of ways to cut the cost of your fare with Southern. For instance, if you’re travelling in a group of 3-9 adults outside of busy periods, you can take advantage of 34% off your tickets with GroupSave. Or, enjoy your journey at Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak hours and up to four children aged 5-15 can travel with you for just £2! There is also a selection of Railcards you may be eligible for which will save you 1/3, so you have more cash to splash on all the things to do in Portsmouth.

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Hovertravel to the Isle of Wight

Hovertravel operate the world’s only passenger hovercraft service from Southsea in Portsmouth and the fastest crossing to the Isle of Wight in under 10 minutes. Combine your rail, HoverBus & hovercraft journeys for great savings! Enter Ryde hoverport destination when you book.

Things to do in Portsmouth

There are plenty of things to do in Portsmouth, so you don’t need to worry about running out of places to go! Whether you want to soak up the historical sites or enjoy a little retail therapy, you’re sure to have a fantastic trip.

Portsmouth days out wouldn’t be complete without soaking up the fascinating naval heritage. The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is one of the most popular attractions and is home to many icons from history – the Mary Rose, HMS Victory and the HMS Warrior 1860. The entrance is just six minutes on foot from the station, so you can jump straight off the train and start exploring. And if you’re still craving more military history, the Royal Marines Museum is just across the road from the dockyard.

If you’re visiting with children, be prepared to walk the plank at the Horrible Histories Pirates exhibition, where you can dive into the history of the pirating world. There is loads of family fun to be had here, from designing pirate flags to taking out enemies (or siblings) with cannon fire.

You may also wish to enjoy a spot of designer outlet shopping during your stay. Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays is the south coast’s most talked about shopping centre and it’s directly across the street from Portsmouth Harbour Station. Though set in the historic dockyards, it 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 standing proudly over the shopping centre. Head up 170 metres for fantastic views of the south coast and - if your nerves are up to the challenge - 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.

There are plenty of brilliant dining options within just a few minutes’ walk of Portsmouth Harbour station. The Port Solent Marina 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.

With so many things to do and see on Portsmouth days out, you’re sure to have a fun-filled trip. View the visitor guide to learn more. Start planning your adventure today by booking your train tickets with us.

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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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